Just only 30km from Prague, Karlštejn castle is one of the most famous and most visited castles in Czech Republic.
Some history facts: Karlštejn is a gothic castle, founded around 1348 by Charles IV. It was used for safekeeping of the crown jewels, relics and royal treasures.
The trail from Prague to castle is a pure XC trail, crossing the suburbs of Prague, fields and small forests. The perfect way to discover the beautiful Czech country side.
Gentle path takes us out of the city and get us to the first descent of the trail. Some rocks and roots, nothing scary or technical. Beginners can tackle this trail without issues.
Also if you ride a Cyclo-cross bike, this is something that can be done.
Rocks and roots, not too scary.
Getting our shoes wet in a small creek. No worries, there is a small bridge which can be passed.
Trail is taking us through small villages and endless green fields. Beautiful Czech country side.
First long uphill on tarmac, mind over body.
Taking a short brake just enough to recover after the long uphill on tarmac.
Some nice looking peace of machinery resting in the shadow. Would you ride this beast?
Best reason for a short break, cherries.
It takes around 4 hours to get to the castle, the trails is not very difficult, but some level of fitness is required to enjoy this trail. There are two long uphills, one is on tarmac, the second one is going trough the forest. The descents are not very steep nor very technical. Any type of bike is suitable for this trail.