Sedlec Ossuary Tours

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As impressive as it is macabre, Sedlec Ossuary is the peculiar star attraction of the Kutná Hora UNESCO World Heritage Site. The subterranean ossuary lies beneath the Cemetery Church of All Saints and is decorated and furnished entirely with human bones and skulls, earning it the nickname the "Chapel of Bones.”
 
The Basics
Most travelers opt to visit Sedlec Ossuary on a day trip from nearby Prague. A walking tour is the most popular way to explore Kutná Hora, taking in UNESCO-listed monuments, such as the Church of St. Barbara, the Cathedral of the Assumption of Our Lady at Sedlec, and the 14th-century Church of St. Jacob. It’s also possible to visit one of Kutná Hora’s old silver mines, a throwback to the town’s heyday as a silver mining center.
 
Full-day tours from Prague typically stop at other attractions, such as the Gothic Zleby Castle along the way, and afford stunning views of the Bohemian countryside.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • There is an admission charge for visiting Sedlec Ossuary, and combination tickets for other Kutná Hora attractions are available.
  • Although there is no official dress code, modest attire is recommended when visiting the church and cemetery.
  • Sedlec Ossuary is wheelchair accessible via an elevator.
 
How to Get There
Direct trains run to Kutná Hora from Prague and take around an hour; it’s just over an hour’s drive along the D11. From Kutná Hora-Sedlec Station, it’s a 10-minute signposted walk to the Sedlec Ossuary.
 
When to Get There
The Sedlec Ossuary is open year-round, although opening times vary throughout the year. If you’re visiting in winter (November–February), be aware that the ossuary typically closes for an hour or two over lunchtime.
 
Architectural Highlights of the Sedlec Ossuary
The bones from more than 40,000 Black Death and Hussite Wars victims, originally buried in the cemetery, makeup Sedlec Ossuary. Czech woodcarver Frantisek Rint created the eerily beautiful ornamentation in 1870, following a commission by the aristocratic Bohemian Schwarzenberg family. Skulls adorn the Gothic pyramids in front of the altar and swathe the walls. Even the nave’s fantastical centerpiece is a chandelier created using every single bone from a man’s skeleton.
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Address: Starosedlecká, Kutná Hora, Central Bohemia, Czech Republic 284 03, Czech Republic
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Private Tour from Prague: Sedlec Ossuary and Cathedral and Chateau Zleby with Preserve Game Zleby and Lunch

Combine history and hearty Czech fare on this 10-hour private tour of Sedlec and Žleby Chateau (just a 20-minute ride from Sedlec). First visit Sedlec (pronounced Sed-letz), checking out the amazing ossuary where the bones of 40,000 people have been artfully arranged inside a Gothic church. Then visit nearby Žleby to see the small town's fortress and tuck into a hearty Czech lunch before marveling at the white deers of the Žleby game preserve.
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Sedlec Ossuary Castle Zleby and City Kutna Hora Private Day Tour Lunch Included

Discover the UNESCO World Heritage listed city of Kutna Hora on a private day tour from Prague. Relax in private transportation and enjoy complimentary WiFi as you travel through the Czech countryside. Join your private guide and explore the interior of the Sedlec Monastery, decorated entirely with human bones. After visits to the Church of St. Jacob and Zleby Palace, stop for a traditional Czech lunch at a local pub.
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Kutna Hora Day Tour from Prague Including Sedlec Ossuary

Head to marvelous and stunning Kutna Hora on this 7-hour tour to the UNESCO world heritage-listed town an hour east of Prague. Marvel at the ossuary, a gothic church whose interior is bedecked with the bones of 40,000 people (many of whom died from the plague). Explore the majestic Cathedral of St. Barbara and stroll down the town's narrow cobbled lanes.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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Private Tour: Sedlec Ossuary, Kacina Chateau, and Kutná Hora Tour from Prague Including Lunch

Expand your historical sightseeing beyond Prague to the Sedlec Ossuary, Kačina Chateau and Kutná Hora on a private full-day trip. Journey through Bohemia’s countryside and visit Sedlec Cathedral and the Sedlec Ossuary, famously decorated with 13th-century human skulls and bones. Then, admire more of the region’s treasures, including Kačina Chateau, Cirkvice's Church of St. Jacob, and UNESCO-listed Kutná Hora. Lunch, private minivan transport, entrance fees, and hotel pickup and drop-off included. Optional local "buddy" guide available to provide facsinating insights and answer any questions you may have.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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