Kutna Hora is a small city located an hour from Prague by train. Trains run everyday back and forth from Prague main train station to Kutna Hora, return for less than £10.
The city itself has become a UNESCO World Heritage site. But it’s best known for it’s bone chapel, the Sedlec Ossuary, which is located 10 minutes from the city centre. The chapel is reasonable priced, for students it’s only 70 crowns entry, including a ticket to see another cathedral nearby (that’s only £2.30 for 2 entrances!). But it’s very creepy.
Lining the walls and decorating the ceilings are bones and skulls. Skeletons are made into chandeliers and banners. It’s definitely not the place to go if you’re scared of death.
Whilst the bone chapel is Kutna Hora’s most famous tourist attraction, the city centre itself is around a 20 minute walk from the chapel. The city is much like Prague, but has a very small traditional Czech feel with cobble stones, tiny passages between buildings and little squares. When I went it was raining a lot, so there weren’t as many tourists there. But with a lot of tourist expensive restaurants and ice cream stalls, it’s clear that the city gets very busy during the more ‘summery’ summer months.
One of the surprising attractions was The Church of Assumption which did not look very special from the outside and did not have a queue or many people inside it. Inside was another story. It was bright, newly renovated and huge.
It was filled with art work, religious relics, grand organs and lots of areas to explore. Visitors were allowed to climb to the top, to walk through the roof and see the structure of the church from the inside, all for the same price of entry.
Of course being a Czech city in Central Bohemian, it wasn’t too much of a culture shock from Prague.
They still loved dogs.
They still loved Billa.
Places were still falling apart.
But it had lovely greenery and a very rural feel. Just outside the train station there were rows of small houses like the picture below. This one had hens in the garden.
Kutna Hora is worth a quick and cheap day-trip from Prague if you’re tired of the busy tourist streets and want some fresh air. But unlike Prague, there’s not a lot going on and it’s not a very exciting place. So it’s best to get the return ticket back the same day!