|A full day sightseeing trip from Prague to Kutná Hora, a fascinating medieval silver mining town located to the east of Prague.|
Kutná Hora is designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
This sightseeing tour is part by air-conditioned coach, part on foot.
After meeting you in the city centre, near Wenceslas Square, we board the coach for the journey to Karlovy Vary, which takes around two hours.
From the 13th-16th centuries, the discovery of huge deposits of silver transformed Kutná Hora from a small settlement 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. Grand burgher houses and elegant palaces were built by the newly wealthy citizens, and stunningly 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 the Jesuit College, the Church of Saint James, the Gothic Stone Fountain, and the Italian Court; the Royal Mint produced coins at the Italian Court for the whole kingdom, including a coin called the 'Thaler' from which the word Dollar is thought to derive.
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.
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 bones from 40,000 human skeletons, formed into various objects, such as a chandelier, a pyramid, and the noble Schwarzenberg family's coat of arms.
Before we return to Prague, there is 90 minutes free time to allow for shopping in the boutique shops, to explore the city further, or to take refreshments in one of the local cafés or restaurants.
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 German, Italian or Spanish, state it in Special Requests on the booking form.
The trip finishes back in Prague, near Wenceslas Square.