Best 1 Day Itinerary in Kutna Hora: Things to Do in Kutna Hora
Kutna Hora is a small and cozy town in its own right. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and can be reached by a 1-hour train ride from Prague. If you go to Prague and have time, you can spend a day here.
Although it is also possible to reach Kutna Hora by bus, the most convenient and comfortable way is by train. It takes about 1.15 hours for a total of 70 kilometers. To get to Kutna Hora, you first go to Kolin and then take a connecting train to Kutna Hora. Our recommendation is to get off at Kutna Hora Sedlec stop first. Keep track of where you get off as the conductors do not speak English. You may need to decide some things yourself. There is also Kutna Hora Mesta stop before you get to Sedlec. If you want to adjust your route especially from the Old Town side of the city, this is the stop you should get off at.
After you get off at Sedlec station, you will probably see many tourists like you in a tourist caravan. You can find the right path by following this group. When you get off the station, there is only one road that cuts the station perpendicularly. When we go 300 meters, we see a cathedral called Church of Assumption on the right. I should give a little information before entering the cathedral.
There is a combined ticket application for the places to visit in Kutna Hora. Since it can be expensive to buy one by one, it is useful to act according to this combined ticket application. We did not prefer to enter the gallery named GASK and we bought the number 3 combined ticket.
You can visit Cathedral of Assumption for a small fee if you don’t buy a combined ticket. The church has a very mystical atmosphere, but we didn’t stay inside for long.
When you leave the church, take the road on the right and follow the road you came from. After 200 meters you will see a church that is unique in the world. It is called Sedlec Church, but it is also commonly known as the Church of Bones. The interior decoration of the church, which looks quite normal from the outside, is astonishing. The decorative elements are made entirely of real human bones. It’s surrounded by a cemetery and when the number of people buried here was quite high, the bones of those who were buried earlier were taken out to make room and used in this way.
After visiting the church of bones, our aim was to go to Old Town. It is the stop before the train station where we got off. We have three options. Either to use the transfer service at the gate of Sedlec Church, to take the train or to walk. If you are going by car you can reach Old Town in 10 minutes, by train in 15 minutes and on foot in 2.4km / 25 minutes. We, of course, took our coffees in hand and preferred to walk.
The road is already straight, there are no hills during this walk. When we walk through Masarykova, we come to the biggest square of Kutna Hora’s Old Town. Kutna Hora was founded in 1276 when a monk found silver ore deposits in the area. The wealth that came with the discovery of silver deposits led to the establishment of the city of Kutna Hora and the erection of monumental buildings in some parts. Although this wealth started to decline with the cessation of silver mining, it has made Kutna Hora a medieval city to visit today.
According to the map we have, we are trying to reach a building like a wine cellar or a museum. When we reach the building called Vinne Sklepy, the existing building is closed, we don’t know what is inside. However, we were most likely to encounter a wine production center and a small exhibition inside, perhaps with materials related to this subject. We said we might as well not stop by here and headed back.
One of the most important buildings in Kutna Hora, adorned with various decorations, is the Stone House. Built in 1489, the building is still standing intact. The museum exhibits decorative materials, objects and paintings of daily life in the 17th and 19th centuries. But seeing it from the outside is enough for us.
As we walk among the quiet buildings of Kutna Hora, we come across a column. The column was erected between 1713 and 1715. It was created by the sculptor Frantisek Baugut to commemorate the plague that killed nearly 6000 people in this area.
After passing the obelisk, there is a stone fountain on the right side, at a junction where four roads meet. One of the examples of Gothic architecture, this fountain was built in 1495. The fountain mouths are remarkable with their stone motifs and decorations.
Kutna Hora, which became one of the most important cities of the Kingdom of Bohemia with the emergence of silver mines, had various monuments erected to show its greatness. The largest of these is the Church of St. Barbara, a building very similar to the St. Vitus Cathedral in Prague Castle. The statues on the way to the church remind me of the Charles Bridge. It is as if they combined Prague Castle with the Charles Bridge and forgot to include the Vltava River.
St. Barbara’s Cathedral
To enter the Church of St. Barbara, which was built in the 14th century, we use the season ticket we bought in advance. The interior of the church is less decorated than the exterior. However, the church should be on your list of places to visit when you come to Kutna Hora.
Gallery of Central Bohemian Region
It is getting close to time to go back. As we walk down from the cathedral, there is a building next to the sculptures, which is not included in the combined ticket. This building called GASK (Gallery of Central Bohemian Region) is an art gallery with temporary exhibitions. Built in 1667, the building was previously used as a university and a military area for a while. The terrace in front of it is actually connected to this building. Built in the 18th century, the terrace is decorated with sculptures by the sculptor Frantisek Baugut.
When we continue from the GASK terrace, there is the Silver Museum on the right. We know that Kutna Hora is a city built on a silver mine. The museum, where you can learn about the processes of the Middle Ages, takes you underground, to the areas where the mines are located, accompanied by tours. It is a wetland down there and they take you down in special clothes so that your clothes don’t get wet. It is preferable if you do not suffer from claustrophobia.
Thus, we were able to explore Kutna Hora and the streets in a very leisurely way. Half a day is enough to visit Kutna Hora and with this in mind we bought tickets for the return train at around 14:00. We went to Kutna Hora Mesto stop to get on the train on the way back.