Kutná Hora - The Treasury of Czech lands

Welcome to Kutná Hora, the city of medieval miners, where you can learn about mining and processing of precious metals. You will have a chance to see why the historic centre of Kutná Hora with the Church of St. Barbara and the Church of the Assumption of Our Lady in Sedlec are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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Even though you will not find any chateaus or castles in Kutná Hora, in the time of its highest glory it was a centre of the kingdom’s economic and political power and the second most important city following Prague. The secret recipe for its influence was hidden underground – in the wealth of the local silver mines. And it is indeed to silver mining that the city owes its reputation, its power and also its name – “Kutná” is a reference to the archaic Czech word “kutání”, which means “mining”. In the times of the city’s greatest glory, it was the source of one third of all silver in Europe.


© Ladislav Renner

Without the income from Kutná Hora’s silver, the Luxembourgs in 14th century could have hardly managed to build so many magnificent structures in Kutná Hora as well as in the rest of the kingdom, including the reconstruction of the Prague Castle.
 
Imagine yourself slowly walking through a 250 m long underground corridor, clad in a hooded miner’s garb. You pass flooded tunnels. One of your hands that holds the lantern is slightly trembling. This may give you an idea of how medieval miners must have felt in the mine when they had to rely on the light of the lantern, which could go out at any moment. But you are lucky. We are not living in the 13th century and you are not going to have to sweat though a long day of work in the mine today. Just rise to the surface again and you are back in the 21st century. Only partially, though – the romantic streets of the picturesque historic centre, with its irregular squares and civic houses, still radiate the medieval spirit. 

Interesting thing

Did you know that the Church of St. Barbara is the first cathedral in Europe which was paid for by the city’s inhabitants instead of by the church? According to legend, St. Barbara showed three miners the way out of the mine where they ended up imprisoned. Their relatives then had the church built and consecrated to her.

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Your journey in search of the secrets of Kutná Hora’s silver is best started in the area of the historical mint – in the Wallachian Court. Find a moment to appreciate not only the Royal Mint but also the Audience Hall and the Royal Chapel. Do you want to know what the inside of a medieval silver mine looked like? You can learn about it first-hand in the Czech Museum of Silver. Don’t hesitate and venture underground to explore the life of a medieval miner. When you’re back in the daylight, you can digest the new experiences together with specialties of the local cuisine in one of the surrounding restaurants.
 
After lunch, make a quick stop at the lookout near the Jesuit College, where you can have a look at the Church of St. Barbara from an interesting angle. Take a stroll in the streets and alleys of Kutná Hora and admire their Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque era houses. You will pass the Stone Fountain on Rejskovo Square and the famous civic house called the Stone House. If you want to see the local wine cellars and sample a glass of wine, you can drop by at the Convent of the Order of St. Ursula.
 
Finish the trip by a tour of the Sedlec area, which includes the Church of All Saints with a cemetery and ossuary as well as the Cathedral of the Assumption of Our Lady and St. John the Baptist. These monuments are an impressive testimony to the transitory nature of human existence. In the evening you can treat yourself to a well-deserved relaxation at the beer spa, local wine-tasting or a concert of one of the summer festivals.

Common Tips

Try the wine tasting in the local Monastery of the Order of St. Ursula. The local wine-makers still draw on a number of historical traditions and procedures such as collecting grapes based on the phases of the moon. The main variety grown here is Pinot Noir (in Czech called “Rulandské modré”), which was brought to the Czech lands in 14th century by Emperor Charles IV.

Transportation

Kutná Hora is about 70 km away from the centre of Prague.
You can get there by car or train in about an hour. A direct express train leaves for Kutná Hora several times a day.  However, the train station in Kutná Hora is located approximately 3 km from the city. For getting to the centre from the train station, we recommend taking a taxi.

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The Wallachian Court in Kutná Hora

The Wallachian Court became the centre of economic events, seat of the rulers and the royal mint, in which the first groschen were already being minted under the reign of Wenceslas II, who called in experts to Kutná Hora from the Italian city of Florence and started a currency reform.

Address

Havlíčkovo náměstí 552, 284 01 Kutná Hora
GPS: 49.948327, 15.268358

Opening Hours

Entry fees

Standard fee: 85 Kč

Children fee: 45 Kč

Family fee: 205 Kč

Senior fee: 45 Kč

Student fee: 45 Kč

Silver mine in Kutná Hora

Explore the Czech Museum of Silver in Kutná Hora, where you will see an exhibition dedicated not only to the mining and processing of silver but also to other points of interest. You can visit three buildings: At Hrádek the focus is on the production of silver but you can also see its Gothic rooms. 

Address

Barborská 28, Kutná Hora, 284 01
GPS: 49.94762299442763, 15.265342215896567

Opening Hours

Entry fees

Standard fee: 70 Kč

Children fee: 40 Kč

Senior fee: 40 Kč

Student fee: 40 Kč

GASK Kutná Hora

Set out for the historical city of Kutná Hora in search of modern art. You will find the Gallery of the Central Bohemian Region (GASK) in one of the city’s dominant features, in the extensive Baroque Jesuit College. The gallery specialises in fine art of the 20th and 21st centuries, but does also showcase older art in short-term exhibitions. In the permanent exhibition, you will learn how Czech art of the 20th century developed. The Education Centre will ensure that your children will not get bored in the gallery. Buy a discount ticket which you can use to visit the gems of Kutná Hora: the gallery, nearby St. Barbara’s Cathedral, the unique Ossuary and the Church of the Assumption of our Lady.

Address

Barborská 51-53, 284 01 Kutná Hora
GPS: 49.94616638577035, 15.264135221839865

Opening Hours

Entry fees

Standard fee: 80 Kč

Children fee: 40 Kč

Family fee: 120 Kč

Senior fee: 40 Kč

Student fee: 40 Kč

Church of St. Barbara in Kutná Hora

Kutná Hora, the silver treasury and a true gem of the country, was present at the very start of the boom in the Czech Kingdom. Architectural styles, unique buildings from various historical periods and a long history full of wine making. This is precisely what you will find in Kutná Hora, a city whose historical centre with the Cathedral of St. Barbara and Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary have been included in the UNESCO world heritage list.

Address

Barborská, 284 01 Kutná Hora
GPS: 49.94488220940496, 15.263196229934692

Opening Hours

Entry fees

Standard fee: 85 Kč

Children fee: 40 Kč

Senior fee: 65 Kč

Student fee: 65 Kč

Stone Fountain in Kutná Hora

The magnificent beauty of this fountain, dating from the late 15th century, is an accurate symbol of how the locals valued precious water.
 

Stone House in Kutná Hora

The Stone House is one of the most valuable Gothic monuments in Bohemia. It is valued not only for its age but mainly because it is a testimony to how people lived and thought in its day.
 

Address

Václavské náměstí 183/26, Kutná Hora
GPS: 49.949940, 15.265223

Opening Hours

Entry fees

Standard fee: 50 Kč

Children fee: 30 Kč

Senior fee: 30 Kč

Student fee: 30 Kč

Kutná Hora wine cellars

The family company Vinné sklepy Kutná Hora, s.r.o. has resolved to renew the departed fame and long tradition of grape cultivation in the Kutná Hora region, which dates right back to the year 1101. The company currently produces BIO wine, holds professional training sessions and wine tastings. 

Address

Vinné sklepy Kutná Hora
Jiřího z Poděbrad 288
284 01 Kutná Hora
GPS: 49.95165123598111, 15.268904189468344

Ossuary in Sedlec near Kutná Hora

The world-renowned ossuary at Sedlec just outside Kutná Hora is a medieval Gothic chapel that for centuries has stood on the remains of 40,000 people, offering a quiet reminder of the transience of human life and the existence of death. Today, visitors from around the world are astonished by its bizarre decorations made from human bones in the form of chandeliers, a pyramid, crosses and coats of arms. Visit and you too will discover the story of a fascinating place that ranks as one of the most mystical in the Czech Republic.

Address

Zámecká 279, Kutná Hora - Sedlec, 284 03
GPS: 49.961784, 15.288156

Opening Hours

Entry fees

Standard fee: 90 Kč

Children fee: 60 Kč

Family fee: 240 Kč

Senior fee: 60 Kč

Student fee: 60 Kč

Dačický Restaurant

Try the fiery Dačický goulash with lard dumplings or roast turkey breast with red cabbage and potato dumplings with plum jam in the renowned Dačický Restaurant in Kutná Hora. The restaurant inherited it name from a famous historical character, the writer Mikuláš Dačický from Heslov, a legendary Renaissance gourmet, lover of wine, beer and women. 

Address

Rakova 8
284 01 Kutná Hora
GPS: 49.948577311, 15.2651692409

Hotel Opat

During a tour of the historical centre of Kutná Hora, including the Cathedral of St. Barbara and the Jesuit College, you should not miss the pleasant hotel which is located in one of the oldest patrician’s houses in Kutná Hora. ​This is also home to a restaurant where, among other things, you can try the oldest monastery beer, Opat, from the Broumov brewery. 

Address

Hotel Opat ****
Husova 138
284 01 Kutná Hora
GPS: 49.9488927338, 15.2628657477

Hotel Mědínek

The Hotel Mědínek is situated right in the heart of the historic, UNESCO-protected Old Town of Kutna Hora and offers you free wireless internet and free parking on site. Relax with a cup of coffee or a cold drink in the cosy lobby café or on the summer terrace and enjoy typical Czech and international cuisine in the Mědínek's restaurant. Dietary needs can be accommodated as well.

Address

Hotel Mědínek ***
Palackého náměstí 316
284 01 Kutná Hora-Vnitřní Město
GPS: 49.9497831, 15.2681481

U Varhanáře

All rooms at Varhanare Hotel have solid-wood furniture, original parquet flooring and high ceilings. Every room has satellite TV, a private bathroom, work desk and minibar. Free Wi-Fi is available.
 

Address

Vila U Varhanáře ***
Barborská 578/11
284 01 Kutná Hora-Vnitřní Město
GPS: 49.9470508, 15.2648147

Hotel u Vlašského dvora

The hotel is situated in a calm and quiet area of picturesque winding lanes with souvenir shops, cosy cafés and garden restaurants. Yet the hotel boasts its own charming restaurant with a terrace, offering tasty Czech cuisine. Prague is only 60 km away, so day trips to the Czech capital are an option as well when at the U Vlasskeho Dvora hotel staying in Kutna Hora.

Address

Hotel u Vlašského dvora ***
28. října 511/15
284 01 Kutná Hora-Vnitřní Město
GPS: 49.9491514, 15.2694528