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Kutná Hora's greatest monument is the Cathedral of St Barara, built by Petr Parler the architect of St Vitus Cathedral in Prague. The elegant net vault above the central nave is supported by double flying buttresses in the French high-gothic style.
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Had enough of clubbing and frying your brain with narcotics? Want to be way-out of town as the hordes of tourists descend upon Prague? Then why not visit Kutná Hora and soak in a little culture for a change?

The easiest way to get there for a day trip is by taking a morning train from Prague's Hlávní Nádraží train station, then take a 10 minute walk from the Kutná Hora Hlávní Nádraží train station to Sedlec to visit the ossuary (Kostnice v Sedlci).

This is a truly macabre sight of bones from some 40,000 people.

(Photo: Jaimee A.)(Photo: Jaimee A.)In 1870, František Rint, a local woodcarver, arranged the bones in the form of bells, a chandelier, monstrances and even the Schwartzenberg coat-of-arms.

To take photographs of this Gothic spectacle, you have to pay extra.

From here it doesn't take long to walk into old Kutná Hora. In the 14th century, this was the second largest town in Bohemia after Prague. This was due to the rich veins of silver below the town itself, and the silver groschen mined here were the hard currency of Central Europe at the time.

During the 16th Century, Kutná Hora's boom ended, and the mining ceased in 1726, so the medieval townscape is basically unaltered. You can visit many interesting places here including the Gothic former Royal Mint, now a museum and view its historical rooms. Master craftsmen from Florence began stamping silver coins here in 1300.

The Hrádek Mining Museum is an excellent place to visit. You can take a 500m tour of the medieval mine shafts on one of the 20 levels below Kutná Hora. In the middle ages they used a huge wooden device to left up to 1000kg of rock from shafts that were 200m deep.

Kutná Hora and Sedlec are well worth visiting. A return trip should cost you no more than 200 crowns from Prague. A good map of the area (1:10,000) is available from Žaket if you want to walk around looking like a tourist without a Google maps app.

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