Kutná Hora – The city of silver. In 1995 the city centre was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Its history dates back to the end of the 13th century. Later it became a wealthy royal city thanks to the discovery of silver recourses.
The most famous sight is the late gothic Church of St. Barbora. It is one of four Cathedrals in the Czech Republic. The Cathedral is dedicated to St. Barbora – a patron of all workers with dangerous professions, especially miners. This masterpiece is a work of many great architects, such as Petr Parler or Benedikt Ried. The architects are well known especially for their work on the Prague Castle.
Cemetery Church of All Saints with the Ossuary
According to a legend, the cemetery church in Sedlec was the oldest holy field in Central Europe. Soil which was brought from Jerusalem in the end of the 13th century was scattered at the Sedlec cemetery. Over 40,000 were buried here – victims of the plague and the Hussite wars. At the end of the 15th century the skeletal remains were exhumed and stored in the Church. Supposedly, a half-blind monk stacked these remains into pyramids. The unique baroque skeletal decoration from the end of the 18th century is well preserved to this day.
I will also show you the Jesuit College with baroque statues, the Stone house, the Stone fountain, the Italian Court and much more!
How long does it take to get to Kutná Hora?
Kutná Hora is located approximately 70 kilometres from Prague and it usually takes between 1-1,5 hours to get there.
The town is located by a bend of the river Vltava in the South Bohemian Region. The city centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Český Krumlov is well known because of its castle which is the second largest in the Czech Republic (second only to the Prague Castle). This beautiful city is not large in size but its mixture of stunning architecture and the range menu of cultural events as well as the unique cosmopolitan atmosphere will make your visit unforgettable.
The castle in Český Krumlov is open from April to October. However there are also a number of other sights to visit in March, such as the Castle Tower or the amazing Castle Museum.
Right in the castle complex a unique baroque theatre from the end of 17th century is located. The original scenery, machinery and props are still preserved. Due to its age the baroque theatre is only used three times a year. This wonderful masterpiece can be visited from May to October. Previous reservation is required.
On our way to Český Krumlov we can make a short stop to see the castle Hluboká and the UNESCO protected village Holašovice, both free of charge! Holašovice is a perfect example of a typical Central European village. Buildings dated back to the18th and 19h century were built in a style called „South Bohemian folk Baroque“. Hluboká – originally a gothic castle from the 13th century was rebuilt in a romantic neo-gothic chateau. The whole complex is surrounded by a beautiful English landscape park.
The Fortress Terezín is located approximately 60 kilometres north of Prague. The whole complex was built by the emperor Josef II in 1780. The city was named after Maria Theresa, the mother of Josef II. The fortress was designed for defence purposes. Sadly it is well known as a Jewish ghetto and a concentration camp during the WW2.
The Terezín memorial consists of the Small Fortress and the Big Fortress. Only the Small Fortress and the Ghetto Museum are open for visitors.
Discover a medieval castle with a unique mission. Karlštejn castle was funded in 1348 as a storage place of coronation jewels of the Roman Empire and other royal treasures. The Czech king and Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV personally supervised the construction of the castle.
Karlštejn is located approximately 30 kilometres southwest of Prague and it is one of the most frequently visited castles in the Czech Republic.
We will enjoy a short walk up to the hill where Karlštejn is located. You will have a chance to see the typical Czech countryside. If you wish to explore the castle from the inside it is possible to take a guided tour.
Karlovy Vary is the very famous spa town situated approximately 130 kilometres west of Prague. As well as the Castle Karlštejn, the city is named after the Czech king and Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV. The region around the city is well known for its hot thermal springs, herbal liqueur Becherovka and Moser glass factory.
Let’s take a walk along the colonnade, taste local healing spring water or try the famous Czech Becherovka. Would you like to buy the typical Czech souvenir? We can visit the new Moser Museum. A beautiful exhibition offers a look to the history of glasswork and also presents the contemporary art. It is very popular to take a tour directly to the Moser factory where you can see the glassmakers while working. The products are being shaped directly in front of you.
How long does it take to get to Karlovy Vary?
The town of Karlovy Vary is located approximately 130 kilometres from Prague and it usually takes maximum 2 hours to get there.
Above the confluence of the Elbe and the Vltava rivers the Mělník Chateau is located. This place offers a rich collection of paintings, vedutas, maps and furniture. However the Mělník Chateau is also known of its delicious Czech wine. The best way to enjoy this trip is to also visit the medieval wine cellars and experience the tasting of local wines! The foundations of local cellars were built by the king Charles IV in the 14th century.
We can also visit the charnel house located in the Church of St. Paul and St. Peter. The charnel houses in Mělník and Kutná Hora are the biggest and the most famous ones in the Czech Republic.
How long does it take to get to Mělník?
Mělník is located approximately 50 kilometres from Prague and it usually takes maximum 1 hour to get there.