Big cities are great and all but it’s always a lot of fun to get out of the city for a little and explore more than just the typical tourist spots. Since we were in Prague for 6 days, we decided to make a little day trip to a town outside of the city. There were SO many options but we finally decided on a Kutna Hora day trip.
A cheap CZK 180 (about $8 USD) roundtrip train ticket and only an hour’s train ride east of Prague took us directly to the cute (and cold) town of Kutná Hora. It’s a really popular destination, so the trains run every two hours in the morning, and every hour starting in the afternoon. TRAVEL TIP: Purchase the tickets a few days before to make sure you’re getting the time you want. They sell out fast.
Not only is Kutna Hora such a charming town, the city center was included in the UNESCO world heritage list in 1995 because of its huge historical importance and architectural gems throughout. All of the streets, houses, and churches within the city have a long, important history.
There are a ton of inexpensive things to do in Kutna Hora. We went to this city specifically for the famous Bone Church but found they had tickets to all 3 famous churches in the city for a very low price. So, we decided to do that. Tickets for one of the churches is CZK 90 ($4 USD), two for CZK 110 ($5 USD), and all three for CZK 185 ($8.40 USD)
Kutna Hora Day Trip:
Sedlec Ossuary (The Bone Church):
The reason we decided on a Kutna Hora day trip was to see this famous church decorated with human bones. Yup, you read that right. About a 20 minute walk from the train station, the Sedlec Ossuary is located in the underground chapel of the Church of All Saints and contains the bones of about 40,000 people.
These people died of the plague in 1318 and during the Hussite wars in the 15th century. So many people died during this time that they ran out of space and started just burying as many as possible in the church cemetery, not giving them proper gravestones or even their own grave.
The cemetery closed at the end of the 15th century and the bones of these people were exhumed and transferred to the chapel where they were then organized into pyramids. In 1870, František Rint of Česká Skalice arranged the bones and skulls into creative decorations that include bells, the Schwarzenberg coat-of-arms, and a magnificently creepy chandelier.
It’s freezing inside and everyone is quiet to respect the thousands of people that use the ossuary as their final resting place. And there are still bones being exhumed to this day and you can watch as archaeologists carefully uncover them around the church. It’s definitely an interesting site and something you’ll probably only see once in your life. It’s also one of the twelve UNESCO World Heritage sites in the Czech Republic.
Assumption of Our Lady Cathedral:
A 5-minute walk from the Sedlec Ossuary is the beautiful Cathedral of the Assumption of Our Lady at Sedlec which is also a UNESCO World Heritage site. The cathedral was originally built in the early 1300s, during the time that Kutna Hora was wealthy from silver mining. It was the most magnificent church in the Kingdom of Bohemia. It was burned down by the Hussites in 1421 and was not renovated again until the early 18th century.
St Barbara’s Cathedral:
The UNESCO-listed Gothic Church of St. Barbara is a symbol of Kutna Hora and the town’s most significant building. It’s dedicated to St. Barbara, patron saint of miners and the construction took over 500 years (1388-1905). It’s really unique design makes it an unmistakable landmark.
This cathedral is further into the city and about a 45-minute walk from the Assumption of our Lady Cathedral. There are trains and buses that run down the main street that can take you there but we decided to walk and explore the beauty around Kutna Hora.
Other Things to Do:
Besides the 3 churches, walking around the city was my favorite part about our Kutna Hora day trip. There are a ton of restaurants and bars scattered throughout the cobblestoned streets and the prices are actually A LOT cheaper. We had one of the best dinners here (a mouth-watering roast duck) for practically nothing.
TRAVEL TIP: Write down the times the train leaves. We thought the train was supposed to leave at 8 pm and rushed down to the train station to get there on time only to realize it was actually leaving 9 pm. We had to wait an hour on the freezing train platform. Don’t be us! Lol
What To Wear:
We went to Kutna Hora in March so it was pretty cold! I actually thought Kutna Hora was a lot colder than Prague (maybe because there aren’t big buildings blocking the wind). Bundle up with some cute studded boots, a great oversized scarf (that doubles as a blanket), a fun beanie, and a super stylish turtleneck. Top it all off with a long sweater coat to create an outfit cool enough for Kutna Hora.
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Our Kutna Hora day trip was definitely one of a kind! Do you guys like taking quick day trips outside the main city when you go on vacation? Let me know in the comments!