|A half day trip from Prague to Kutná Hora, a medieval city located to the east of Prague which developed around silver mining.|
Kutná Hora is designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
This excursion is part by air-conditioned coach, part on foot.
After picking you up from your Prague hotel, we drive for around one hour to reach Kutná Hora. During the Middle Ages the discovery of huge deposits of silver transformed Kutná Hora into the most important city in the Kingdom of Bohemia after Prague.
The prosperity that flowed from the mines led to a rich architectural development of Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque buildings in the 15th century. Impressive burgher houses and elegant palaces were built by the newly wealthy citizens, and beautiful churches were constructed.
The guide on our walking tour of Kutná Hora leads us through the ancient winding streets to admire the fine architecture of buildings such as the Jesuit College, the Church of Saint James and the Italian Court. The Royal Mint once produced coins at the Italian Court for the whole kingdom, including a coin called the 'Thaler', from which the word Dollar is derived.
We tour St. Barbara's Cathedral, a Gothic masterpiece that took over 500 years to complete. The church has double-arched flying buttresses and five naves, and is adorned with intricate stonework and beautiful frescos. Plus we see the Stone Fountain.
Also included in the trip is a brief stop at the nearby village of Sedlec, where we visit the Sedlec Ossuary (also known as Kostnice or the Bone Church). The chapel is decorated with the bones from 40,000 human skeletons formed into various objects, such as a chandelier, a pyramid and the coat of arms of the Schwarzenberg noble family.
Before we return to Prague, there is a small amount of free time for refreshments - due to time constraints you may find it easier to bring a snack with you.
Prague Experience sightseeing tours are in English and another language. They are led by professional licensed tourist guides and use modern, air-conditioned mini-coaches.
If you require a tour in French, German, Italian, Russian or Spanish, please specify on the booking form.
The trip finishes back in Prague, near Wenceslas Square.
Note: we also offer a longer version of this trip (runs twice per week) with 90 minutes free time at the end for shopping/dining: Kutna Hora Sightseeing Tour & Shopping.