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There's no bus service to Karlštejn from Prague, but it's an easy train journey (50 Kč). Many trains leave everyday from Hlavní nádraží—look on the schedule for trains heading to Beroun. When you arrive at the Karlštejn station, exit the station, turn right, and walk back along the small lane parallel to the railway tracks to find the town. Follow the signs reading "Hrad."After a few minutes, cross a bridge over the river, and turn right onto the main road, which resembles a small highway (the absence of a pedestrian sidewalk doesn't bother the locals). Be wary of traffic, but continue for another two or three minutes until you reach a road going up the hill to your left. This is the main road up to the village and castle.
A visit to Karlštejn can also be combined with a challenging 13-km (8-mi) hike through beautiful forests and along a small wooded waterfall from Beroun. Get off at the Beroun station, walk toward town and make a right just before an underpass. Follow the red-marked trail through the hills and dales, passing through the tiny village of Svatý Jan before arriving in Karlštejn—just above the village—about three hours later. Don't set out without water, good shoes, and, above all, a decent local hiking map available at the visitor's center (Nad parkovištěm 334 311–681–370 www.karlstejnsko.cz).
By car from Prague, take Highway 4—on the western side of the Vltava—to the edge of the city, then go right on Highway 115, southwest through Radotín. Take the Karlštejn exit, which puts you on Highway 116, and after a few more minutes you end up beside the Berounka River. You can find a large parking lot at the bottom of the hill below Karlštejn. No vehicles are allowed on the road up to the castle.
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