A very nice daytrip from Prague is a visit to Kutna Hora. This is a small city with 22.000 inhabitants, at 60 kilometres east from Prague, about an hour driving.
Kutna Hora is one of the nicest town in Bohemia, with its Medieval Citycentre. The streets are narrow, full of curves and wonderful to take a walk through. Then there are two big central squares with restaurants and cafe's and nice buildings around them and there are some important attractions to visit.
An impressive line of religious, baroc statues lead towards the Barbara Cathedral. This was built between 1388 and 1558 and really is a beautiful building. In a very own gothical style, the church rises high above all other buildings in the city. Inside there is a lot to see, but the outside stays the must impressive of all.
In the centre itself are several buildings that are dedicated to the Silver industry of Kutna Hora. The presence of silver mines nearby made the city to wealthy centre in its region, and still is important. The rest of the centre has lots of other old buildings. Enough to fill a day.
And the most extraordinairy building in Kutna Hora definitely is the Bonehouse of Sedlec. This is a very strange chapel belonging to an old cloister. The interior is completely decorated with bones, from over 40.000 people. The bones come from the graveyard nearby where lots of people wanted to be buried because they believed it was sacred ground. Because of the Pest epidemia though, it became too full. In 1870, when the complex was renovated, the owner decided to used the countless bones to decorate the interior. Artist Frantisek Rint made the church into what it is now: an unbelieveble place where death and beauty are very close to each other.
Kutna Hora is a nice town about 65 km. south-east of Prague. It was a silver mining town in medieval times. In fact, in the 13th century rich silver deposits were discovered in the vicinity of this town.
The highlight of Kutna Hora is the gothic church of S. Barbora. Its building begun in 1368 and was completed only in 1905. The construction work was interrupted several times. It was financed by the miners' guild. The church has many frescoes inside.
I went to Kutna Hora by train, from Hlavni nàdrazi. The train stopped in Sedlec. There I took a bus to Kutna Hora. Otherwise I should have walked at least three kilometers.
I should recommend not to go to Kutna Hora on sundays, because there are not many buses from Sedlec to the town and vice versa.
Take a daytrip by train to the bohemian village of Kutna Hora which is declared as a world heritage. The famous St. Barbara's Cathedral of Kutna Hora is one of the most beautiful Czech Gothic buildings.
The village is located about 75 km east of Prague. A return train ticket was about 158 CZK in 2003 (about 3,50 EURO).
Invention of the first Cistercian Monastery in 12th century was a beginning of Kutna Hora site, from 1260 Germans found here a valuable place to mine out silver started to do it at mountains nearby. The city became quite rich due to silver mines; the quite interesting fact to tell that from the 13th to 16th centuries city was about equal level with Prague culturally, politically, and economically. In 15th century it was second by importance in Bohemia.
City is lively, full of historical sites, including rich gothic style St. Barbora Church, unique Bone Church. In the year of 1995 old part of city was included into UNESCO World Heritage Sites list.
About an hours train journey away is the old town of Kutna Hora, which is famous for its Bone Church. I was interested to see this place as I had seen Ewan McGregors motorbike adventure 'The Long way Round' stop here, and as I find this sort of stuff interesting it was a must see for myself. The town itself is great with many old places of interest to visit and wander around.... The Trip there and back shouldn't set you back more than $12
Majority of tourists never go outside of Prague. It is really big pity. Czech Republic is not only Prage but also landscape, mountins, villages, towns. "Kutna Hora" with its "Temple of Saint Barbara" (in czech Svata Barbora) as a representant of gothic architecture is one of the cities which are to be highly reccomended to visit. Stunning temple under UNESCO is monumental. Besides you may feel spirit of normal typical czech town. Prague is very often very busy. "Kutna Hora" is smaller, calmer with people more willing to help. People, especially older people do not speak much foreign languages so they may be aware to talk to you. Do not give up! Learn few words in czech like Hello=Ahoj, Thank you= dik and you will see smiles on people?s faces.
Kutna Hora is a great town to get away to and slow down a bit.
I was married there. In fact, I was the first Canadian to ever be married in Sv. Barbora Church, which is the UNESCO protected church you see in all the postcards from Kutna Hora. It is an amazing town to walk around, with small shops, cafes, and tiny little streets to explore. And besides the church, you also have the bone church, which is located just outside the town in Sedlec, and is one of the most amazing things you will see in your life.
You also have the chance to go into the silver mine that made Kutna Hora one of the richest and most prosperous towns in Europe in its time.
Overall, Kutna Hora is not a place you can spend days and days, if you are travelling around, but it is definitely worth at least one day trip from Prague.
There are other ossuaries in Europe and the world but the one at Sedlec (a suburb of Kutna Hora) is an amazing sight. Instead of just piling up the remains of a bunch of people the Sedlec Ossuary manages to make it "artistic", decorating an entire chapel with human bones. You have to see it to believe it! At the same time, you will probably feel this is the most bizarre thing you have ever seen. Still, I don't think I was the only one to feel it was done with a bit of artistic flair, a sense of humor (if you want to call it that). This is definitely a must see if you are considering day trips from Prague.
My pages about the visit to the ossuary are here if you would like more information
Kutna Hora is about an hour from Prague on a fast train - make sure you get on the right train! You can get a ticket through to Kutna Hora - you will need to change trains near Sedlic and get on a small "toy" train like a tram up to KH.
We did'nt have enough time here due to it being very cold, snowing and having a complaining family but I thought it a wonderful place. The cathedral is not to be missed - it has several artifacts over 700 years old and some of the original early medieval artwork to the walls and ceilings intact. This is rare glimpse into ancient rural life - the scenes are local to the area of artisans and local people - I found it fascinating.
There are plenty of places to visit close to Prague. One of the most popular of all daytrips is the trip to Kutna Hora. Kutna Hora, about an hour by train from Prague, was once one of the wealthiest and most powerful of cities in Bohemia. The two main things to see are the Sedlec Ossuary, which is actually in a suburb of Kutna Hora, and the Church of St Barbara, a beautiful neo-Gothic church that has to be one of the most beautiful churches in the entire country.
If you have time you can see some of the other churches in the town, go down into what used to be one of the silver mines, see the Mint. There are some neat things to see for lovers of architecture and art.
Do visit my Kutna Hora pages here
At Sedlec on the outskirts of Kutna Hora is an ossuary where the bones and skulls of around 30,000 people were laid to rest and have since been arranged in artistic designs coverin the walls of the small church. There is a pretty cemetery too.
A nice half day trip. An old silver town with some interesting archetecture. We took a tour from Prague which included lunch. Reasonable price. Included was a visit to the Osiary (bone chapel) Quite macabre!
As most of the shops were closed on 25th and 26th December, we decided to take a guided day trip to Kutna-Hora which lies outside Prague. It is about 60km east of Prague.
Kutna Hora is a picturesque medieval town which is also part of UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage. Known as the second most important town in Bohemia after Prague, the city was famous due to its prosperous silver mining.
You will get the chance to visit the unqiue Gothic St. Barbara Cathedral, Italian Court, Ossuary and the Gothic Fountain.
There are many local tour agencies offering trips to Kutna Hora and I found numerous tour operators in Wenceslas Square.
It's worth visiting.
It took me 3 days to finally get to Ossuary to see the famed bones of Kostnice, and lemme tell you, it was well worth it! You leave with a reminder of how precious life really is.
Be careful though at the train station! They are NOT friendly and don't care where you are going, where you'll end up, or who you are. I ended up getting stranded in a random Czech town with about 20 other people after we all were misinformed by the staff at the Kutna Hora train station. I almost missed my train back to Germany!
Sedlec (Kutna Hora)
This is an hour away on the intercity trains that go to Brno from the main train station in Prague. The notice boards are a complete mystery but the information desk will print you a useful timetable.
The cemetery of the Sedlec monastery became the burial place for the rich after the abbot took a handful of sacred earth and sprinkled it at the monastery. After plague and war the cemetery was enlarged but later some parts were abolished, stacking the bones up outside the chapel. Eventually the bones were used to decorate the Ossuary by a woodcarver, Francis Rint. You don’t need to be religious to appreciate it - very creepy!