Skip to content
Cathedral of Saint Barbara, Kutná Hora

Kutná Hora

During its heyday, Kutná Hora was the second-wealthiest city in Bohemia and a rival to Prague for power and influence. This guided walking tour lets you explore the abundance of architecture left behind in the historic heart of this compact town, which has been made a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The town is about an hour from Prague — your driver will drop you off with your guide, who’ll start your tour at the Cathedral of Saint Barbara. The church’s namesake is the patron saint of miners and you’ll see them working in the thoughtfully restored 15th-century frescoes. Construction started in 1388, but was only completed in the late-19th century. From there, wander into the city’s narrow streets to admire the Baroque townhouses and stone fountain. You’ll also see the Sedlec Ossuary, a 14th-century chapel decorated with human bones.

Originally located on a silver mine that was the largest in the world at the time, Kutná Hora was the source of silver for most of Europe’s coinage during the early Middle Ages. The enormous wealth it accumulated left it with an impressive historic core, while its later decline meant it escaped being defaced by Soviet-era brutalism.

The most impressive symbol of the town’s prosperity is the spire-crowned Cathedral of Saint Barbara. Your guide will point out the architectural tributes to the miners and minters who created that wealth, as well as the impressive details, like the vaulted ceiling, that made this one of the most ambitious cathedrals in the region.

From there, stroll through the typically medieval narrow streets, which are lined with Baroque, often pastel-painted townhouses. The main market square boasts an ornate stone fountain.

Your driver will then take you to the most popular sight in the city — the Sedlec Ossuary, sometimes known as the Bone Church for its macabre decor. An early abbot at the church sprinkled soil from Jerusalem over the cemetery, making it a popular final resting place for thousands of people who died in the plagues and wars of the 14th and 15th centuries. In the late 1800s, those bones were exhumed and put to use decorating the interior — the chandelier is said to contain at least one of every bone in the human body.

If you have an appetite after that, your guide will suggest a Czech pub for lunch before your return trip to Prague.

Speak to someone
who's been there
Audley Travel Country Specialist Taylor

Start planning your tailor-made trip by contacting one of our Czechia (Czech Republic) specialists

Other experiences in Prague

These activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences around where you're staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident's eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can suggest tours and activities that will introduce you to the local ways of life.

  • Prague Castle tour
    Prague Castle above Charles Bridge

    Prague Castle tour

    Prague Castle tour

    More than 1,000 years old, Prague Castle has been a seat of local rulers since 880. With a private guide, discover the history and architecture of this large castle complex, as well as nearby sights like the library at Strahov Monastery.

    View details
  • Prague Old Town walking tour
    Charles Bridge

    Prague Old Town walking tour

    Prague Old Town walking tour

    Gothic synagogues, public squares lined with landmarks, and an 18th-century theater that once hosted Mozart himself — you can take in the many sights, architectural highlights, and historical tales of Prague on this privately guided walking tour of its Old Town.

    View details

Experience it for yourself

You can enjoy this activity as part of the suggested tour below, or we can weave it into a trip shaped entirely around you.