Sitting 45 miles (73 km) east of Prague in Bohemia, Kutná Hora is an intriguing town immersed in history. Its origins stretch back to 1142 with the foundation of a Cistercian monastery at Sedlec, and after the discovery of silver in the hills around the region, the town quickly became a wealthy enclave and competed with Prague in the Middle Ages for political and economic power.

Much of the town center is now a UNESCO World Heritage site, filled with gently dilapidated Baroque buildings. Visitors should see the Roman Catholic Cathedral, glimpse the exterior of St James’s Church with its mishmash of Baroque and Renaissance architecture and landmark 282-foot (86-meter) tower. Additionally, the Italian Court, which started life as the Royal Mint to the kings of Bohemia and eventually became their palace, has a small museum of coins.

The Gothic St Barbara’s Church (Barbara was the patron saint of silver miners) serves as the city's proud symbol. The flamboyant architecture, complete with bristling spires, flying buttresses and eight chapels, reflects the wealth and power of the mining city, while the interior is richly decorated with a series of Renaissance frescoes featuring mining and the minting of coins. The medieval mine shafts way below the present-day city at Hradek Castle also house the Czech Museum of Silver.

But it is the ossuary at the monastery in Sedlec that really grabs attention in Kutná Hora; allow at least an hour for your visit and a 20-minute walk each way from the town center. The chapel is partly below ground, lit only by candlelight and entirely decorated and furnished with human bones. The candelabras, coats of arms, monstrances, pillars and wall decorations are all made of bone; skulls adorn dark corners of the chapel, and leg bones hang in garlands from the vaulted ceiling. The remains of more than to 40,000 people have gone into the macabre, but strangely beautiful 19th-century decorations were created here with the use of thousands of victims of the Black Death and the Hussite Wars in the 14th and 15th centuries.

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Kutna Hora Day Trip from Prague

4 star rating: Recommended 258 Reviews

Visit Kutna Hora, an old mining town founded in the 13th century and famous for its silver mines, on this guided coach trip from Prague.

Location: Prague, Czech Republic
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $43.58

Historical Day Trip from Prague: UNESCO Sedlec Kutna Hora Zdar nad Sazavou

You will get the know the part of the World Heritage UNESCO, the historical part of Kutná Hora, the cathedrals in Sedlec and Kutná Hora, unique ...  Read more

Location: Prague, Czech Republic
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $127.91

Kutna Hora Private Day Trip from Prague by Train

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Explore the UNESCO world heritage site of Kutna Hora situated in Central Bohemia with this 10-hour private day tour from Prague. Take the train from Prague and ...  Read more

Location: Prague, Czech Republic
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $84.90

Kutna Hora Rail Day Trip from Prague

4.5 star rating: Recommended 24 Reviews

Discover Kutná Hora, one of the Czech Republic’s most significant medieval towns, on this day trip from Prague. Travel by train through central Bohemia ...  Read more

Location: Prague, Czech Republic
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $29.43

Kutna Hora Day Tour from Prague Including Sedlec Ossuary

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Join this 7-hour day tour to the UNESCO world heritage-listed site Kutna Hora from Prague and see an entire church chapel decorated with the bones of over ...  Read more

Location: Prague, Czech Republic
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $31.69

Prague Private Tour: Sedlec Ossuary and Kacina Castle and Kutna Hora Including Lunch

Join this 10-hour private tour and head to the Bohemian countryside. See Sedlec Cathedral, the 12th-century Church of St. Jacob and Bohemia's finest Empire ...  Read more

Location: Prague, Czech Republic
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $93.95

Private Kutna Hora Trip from Prague with wifi and refreshments

Enjoy a private 5-hour trip with a private driver from Prague to the UNESCO listed town of Kutna Hora. Visit the medieval village famous for silver mining in ...  Read more

Location: Prague, Czech Republic
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $164.13

Private Tour: Kutna Hora Half-Day Tour from Prague

Join this private 6-hour tour from Prague to the UNESCO listed town of Kutna Hora, a medieval village famous for silver mining in the middle ages. Your private ...  Read more

Location: Prague, Czech Republic
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $95.08

Private Day Trip from Prague to Kutna Hora Including Lunch

Join an 8-hour private day trip from Prague to the historic town of Kutná Hora, a site on the UNESCO protected list. Discover the former royal mint, its ...  Read more

Location: Prague, Czech Republic
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $61.13

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