KUTNA HORA – Home of the Bone Church
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Historic and Unusual
Organised Tour Duration: 5.5 Hours including travel
Travel by: Bus/Walk
Do-it-yourself Duration: 7 hours including lunch and travel
Travel by: Train/Walk
This is a popular half-day organised trip which will give you about 3 hours in Kutna Hora which includes the Bone Church and two other locations plus a bit of free time. You can just buy online and relax as everything will be arranged for you so if you want that then read on and you’ll find a booking link at the end.
Doing the Bone Church, Mint and Cathedral On Your Own
My advice is to take the regular train service but be careful with the stations. The fast services take about 50 minutes to the main Kutna Hora station. However, it’s best to start with the Bone Church (Ossuary) first and work back to the centre so ideally you want to go to the station called “Kutna Hora Sedlec”. This is one station AFTER “Kutna Hora Mesto”. Get off at Sedlec and take the station road to the main road. Then it’s a right-left and don’t bother looking for any Bone Church signs, instead you’ll follow the signs for “Kostnice”. If you want details on entry cost and opening times etc then check the Ossuary website.
From the Bone Church you can catch a taxi back to the centre or it’s a 1.5Km walk which will take about 30 minutes. From there it’s a 5 minute walk to the Mint (called the Italian Court but the street signs will say “Vlassky Dvur”). There’s a Tourist Information office here so get a map.
On the map you should see the Italian Court and the Saint Barbara Cathedral linked by a road called “Barborska”.
To get back you’ll have a 1.2Km walk to the main Kutna Hora station or there’s a scenic walk that takes you down “Pod Barborska” to the river and then take signs for “Centrum” and/or “Mesto” and you’ll find the standard tourist signs for the station.
What’s in Kutna Hora?
Once the second richest town in the kingdom you’ll be surprised at the quality of the architecture for what is really just a mid-sized provincial town. You’ll be interested in the Gothic St Barbara Cathedral, the Mint and the Bone Church (Ossuary) and organised tours will show you all or some of them. Usually the Bone church (Ossuary is container for bones) is the first to be visited and you’ll get a chance to see some pretty unique decoration using more than 40,000 bones (look out for the Schwarzenberg coat of arms and the chandelier). Note that there is an extra charge if you want to take photos/video. The Bone Church is a complete one-off and well worth a visit to see something you’ll not find anywhere else. My Tips: Take a small packed lunch with you. You cannot eat on the bus but, you will have time to eat/drink in the town. You might want to take a camera stand if taking pictures at the Ossuary. Many of the exhibits are in caged areas and flash will create false shadows. So treat a visit to Kutna Hora as a trip to a provincial Czech town that just happens to have a couple of popular places and you’ll have a nice time.