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St. Barbara's Church, Kutná Hora

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Half-Day Tour to Kutná Hora and Ossuary from Prague

1. Half-Day Tour to Kutná Hora and Ossuary from Prague

Get picked up at your hotel by an air-conditioned bus and drive to the historic UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kutná Hora. Visit the late Gothic jewel of St. Barbara’s Church and discover one of the town's symbols and the pride of its miners. Take a guided walk through the historic town center. Next, travel to the Ossuary beneath the Roman Catholic Cemetery Church of All Saints. Built in the 14th century, the 2-story building is the site of an underground chapel decorated with more than 40,000 human bones. Return to Prague and get dropped off in the city center.

From Prague: Kutná Hora & Bone Church Excursion with Lunch

2. From Prague: Kutná Hora & Bone Church Excursion with Lunch

Head out of Prague on a guided day trip to Kutná Hora, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore the gothic cathedral of St. Barbara and the nearby Sedlec Ossuary which is adorned with human skeletons. Savor a traditional Czech lunch at a tavern to round off your experience. Start your excursion with a 1-hour ride through the countryside via an air-conditioned minibus. Arrive in the city known for its silver mines and architectural gems. Once in Kutná Hora, visit the key medieval and Baroque monuments, including the former central royal mint, the interior of St. Barbara’s Cathedral, and the nearby Ossuary which is renowned for its elaborate decorations made of more than 40,000 human bones. Along the way, learn more about Bohemia's vibrant history, gorgeous landscapes, and architectural wonders. Afterward, stop at a famous Old Bohemian tavern where a 2-course traditional Czech lunch will be served.

From Prague: Kutná Hora Half-Day Tour with Entry Fees

3. From Prague: Kutná Hora Half-Day Tour with Entry Fees

Depart Prague and travel east to the historical silver mining town of Kutná Hora, the second most important town in Bohemia and a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1995. Travel back in time to the 13th century, and hear how a former settlement of Benedictine monks went on to become a favorite temporary residence of several Czech kings through the ages. Get details about historical events of importance to the history of Central Europe. Visit the impressive Saint Barbara's Church to marvel at the Gothic details of the cathedral-style building. See a unique stone fountain from the 15th century, and go to the amazing Sedlec Ossuary, decorated with more than 40,000 human bones.

From Prague: Half-Day Coach Tour to Kutná Hora

4. From Prague: Half-Day Coach Tour to Kutná Hora

Explore the medieval town of Kutná Hora on a half-day coach trip from Prague. Marvel at the UNESCO World Heritage monuments on arrival, including the amazing bone church of the Sedlec Ossuary. Learn more about the historical city and how it grew due to the nearby silver mines that were exploited intensively in the 14th and 15th centuries. See impressive sights such as the Gothic cathedral of St. Barbara's Church, dedicated to the patron saint of miners. Learn more about the mining history at the Hrádek museum and Italian Court (Vlašský dvůr), originally the seat of the Central Mint of Prague. Visit the 15th-century Stone Fountain and more.

From Prague: Kutna Hora and Bone Chapel Tour

5. From Prague: Kutna Hora and Bone Chapel Tour

Take a day trip from Prague to the gruesome bone chapel of Kutná Hora and explore the historic buildings of the medieval town center. During the 6-hour excursion, you will visit all the main sights, including the ghoulish Sedlec Ossuary, and the Gothic masterpiece of St. Barbara's Church. Thanks to the prosperous silver mines, Kutná Hora became the second most important town of the Bohemian Kingdom in the Middle Ages after Prague. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995, the town is full of remarkable late Gothic and Baroque architecture. Visit the miraculous Church of St. Barbara, the Italian Court (Royal Mint), and the unique Ossuary in Sedlec, where you will also see Bohemia’s oldest Cistercian Monastery. Learn about the Hussite Wars, and explore the boom days when Kutná Hora competed with Prague economically and culturally to become the favorite residence of Bohemian kings.

From Prague: Kutna Hora Walking Tour & St. Barbara Cathedral

6. From Prague: Kutna Hora Walking Tour & St. Barbara Cathedral

Head east from Prague to the UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage site of Kutna Hora. Built in the Middle Ages in the midst of an extensive silver ore field, it quickly became Bohemia’s second-most significant town. Its ample mineral assets became the backbone of the Czech economy, enriching the kingdom massively. Next, you’ll tour the town’s Cathedral of St. Barbara, considered one the best examples of late Gothic architecture in Bohemia. St. Barbara was patroness of the miners, and miners would come to the cathedral to receive her blessings. Learn a little bit more about the Czech Republic’s rich history on this walking tour from Prague.

From Prague: Private Guided Kutna Hora Tour with Transport

7. From Prague: Private Guided Kutna Hora Tour with Transport

Your driver and guide will pick you up at your hotel. On the 1.5-hour drive to Kutna Hora, your guide will explain to you the rich history of the town, and its importance during medieval times. Upon arrival, you will first visit the famous Bone chapel. The chapel holds approximately 40,000 human bones from different time periods, mainly from the 13th to the 15th centuries. Legend has it that a lonely monk began the construction of the chapel in 15th century. Admire the strange bone structures and take photographs of this odd chapel. Then you will get back into your vehicle and drive to the Italian court in the city center. This building was initially designed as the King's residence, and later served as the mint where the quality silver coins were produced. From the court you walk along the wonderful narrow streets of the historical center. At the end of this walk, you will reach Saint Barbara's Church. The church is unique in its style of decoration and structure, and has an interesting history. The church is named after Saint Barbara, the miners' patron saint. Admire the amazing decorative architecture, and the famous frescoes from 14th to 16th centuries, with scenes of silver miners and coin strikers. After the visit, you will return to your vehicle and drive back to Prague, where you will be dropped off in at your hotel or in the city center.

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What people are saying about St. Barbara's Church, Kutná Hora

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 1,361 reviews

We had a marvellous day out with our guide. The church of bones was one off my bucket list but the cathedral and local town were an added bonus - beautiful and great to explore. The guide was lovely, very knowledgeable and let us explore when needed and answered all our questions. Highly recommended.

Our sweet guide Anna told us a lot about the details and history of the places we visited. The Bone Church was intriguing and the cathedral impressed me with all its side altars and paintings. Minibus with AC was a convenient way to get there, and the restaurant where we ate lunch was cozy and nice.

We had a wonderful day and tour from Prague to Kutna Hora in July 2022. We booked online in Prague and met up at the meeting point next day. Everything ran smoothly. The sites we visited were interesting and we had a great guide named Sarah. Thanks again for this experience.

Martin is an excellent and charming guide with wonderful historical knowledge and fun anecdotes. He speaks a variety of languages, and curated the experience to the whims of the travelers. Definitely recommend this adventure to Kutna Hora!

Martin was polite, helpful and he had all the essential information about the Kutna Hora&Sedlec Bone Church. They also told all kinds of history from the journey when we were driving to our destination.