All are easy to reach, barely one hour's drive. Three witnesses of the distant and recent past under the supervision of UNESCO.
Mysterious Kutná HoraThe medieval town Kutná Hora, a graceful and mysterious woman, lies to the east. Its secrets include cathedrals, monasteries, patrician houses, a mysterious recess, vaulted cellars, gems of Gothic and Baroque architecture, urbanism and sculpture. In the Middle Ages, silver was mined, coins were minted, trade blossomed and even the Czech king had his residence here.
A person can stand in awe beneath the vault of one of the most beautiful Gothic cathedrals in Europe dedicated to St. Barbara, you may walk through the courtyard and chambers of the Italian Court (Vlašský dvůr), the former palace of King Wenceslas IV., you can descend with bated breath to the ossuary of Cistercian abbey, with a mixture of admiration and distress you can watch altars, coats of arms, chandeliers, pyramids and obelisks made of the bones of plague victims, but you may also enter into a unique Gothic Stone House and become a medieval craftsman or even a cook for a while.
Tip: The Story of the CathedralListen to the story of the building of the temple, which was written over five centuries and was interrupted by historical events several times. From the beginning the Cathedral of St. Barbara was conceived as a representative building, erected under the patronage of wealthy burghers of Kutná Hora. Its creation reflects the period tension between Kutná Hora and Prague, as well as between Kutná Hora and the powerful abbey in nearby Sedlec. This magnificent building still stuns with its outdoor architecture and rich murals in the interior.