We took a short day trip from Prague out to Karštejn Castle, near the town of Beroun. The castle is on a forested hillside near a small village. We took the train to a nearby station and then walked through the countryside, across a river, and up to the castle. We took a tour and learned a fair amount about the Bohemian king and Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV, who was the most important resident of the castle. It was built in three phases, which reflect Gothic and Renaissance architectural styles from the different time periods when the various phases were completed.
The trip out was a good chance to see the countryside as we passed through, and our walk to the castle from the station was nice. The approach was lined with little shops, selling the usual sou verniers and offering “medieval meals” for tourist prices. Our luck with the weather ran out, and it started to rain pretty heavily while we were at the castle. As we walked back to the train station, we found a nice tavern to have some food while our clothes dried out. We had the typical Czech meal of roast pork, bread dumplings, saurkraut and a tall glass of cold pilsner beer for about $5 US per person, including the big beers . So far, we really enjoy this meal and all the food items go well together and it is not too heavy, as some people we have met have complained about.
*click to enlarge photos*