Kutna Hora is a small town, about 70km east of Prague. It is an easy day trip for people visiting the Czech capital and there are regular direct trains from Prague main station which take an hour to get to Kutna Hora.
Kutna Hora was particularly rich in the Middle Ages thanks to the silver mines in the town. It is possible to visit the mines – you don a white protective coat and hard hat and walk through the town and into an old mine. In the picture above you can see the black church (Kutna Hora is full of churches) which, in any other town would be a popular tourist destination. However with the weirdly wonderful bone church and the stunningly beautiful Saint Barbora, people tend to walk past the black church on their way to the other churches.
Kutna Hora – Practical information How to get there Most people arrive from Prague and the easiest way to travel is by train. It currently (April 2010) costs 97 crowns. If travelling in a group (of 2 or more people) you qualify for a group discount – ask for a ‘skupina jizdenka’. If you are travelling with luggage, you can leave your luggage at the station (for 15 crowns per bag). Ask the person selling the tickets. They don’t speak English but will understand what you want. To check out the timetable, click here. Make sure you get a fast train (R) not a slow train (Os). Travelling around Kutna Hora The bone church is a 15 minute walk from the station and is not difficult to find. Turn right out the the station then left onto the main round into town. Walk past Philip Morris and you will see a sign pointing to the right to the bone church (ossuary). From the bone church to the centre of town, there is a bus run by the people in the bone church. They can drop you anywhere you want in town and the price when I last took it, summer 2009, was 35 crowns. The walk into town is not a difficult one – just a bit boring. You can take a train from the centre of Kutna Hora (Kutna Hora mesto) which will take you back to the main station. These trains normally link up with the fast trains back to Prague but check the timetables. The train approaches the station and then turns away to the right. Don’t panic. After about a hundred metres, the train stops, and reverses back to the main station. Places to eat My favourite is Dacicky, in the centre of town. Serving very good, hearty meals (the Czech word is Kaloriebomba) and the prices are reasonable if you go for the ‘menu’ Staying overnight A cheap and cheerful place with a nice breakfast is U Katu. It is not far from the centre and is both clean and safe – just some pretty strange paintings on the wall… More websites about Kutna Hora. More about the bone church. More about Kutna Hora from UNESCO.
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