About Kutná Hora
The history of Kutná Hora is inseparably connected with silver ore mining as one of the richest silver deposits in the world was the reason for the town´s founding, its fame and beauty. The origins of mining here reach back to the 10th century; however, Kutná Hora’s rise to fame is usually connected with the boom of the monetary economy in the 13th century when mining yields were the highest. The last mining cart left the Kaňk underground mine on 12.7.1991 and thus ended the silver era of Kutná Hora. Out of hundreds of kilometres of tunnels, stretching under the town to a depth of half a kilometre, only a few hundred meters are still accessible.
Even though Kutná Hora is not one of the major cities of the Czech Republic, it ranks among destinations of interregional significance, and in the Middle Ages it even competed with Prague to become the capital city. The most significant cultural monuments worth visiting are St Barbara's Church, St George´s Mine, the Ossuary, Sedlec Cathedral, the Museum of Tobacco, and the Italian Court or Jesuit College – today it is the Gallery of Central Bohemia (GASK). There are priceless architectural features in the centre, such as the Stone Fountain and Plague Column. The surroundings of Kutná Hora are full of natural beauty and hiking trails which connect important mining and nature areas, such as the Vrchlice and Bylanka river valleys. A new viewing tower looks over the town with a unique, stylish restaurant called the Havířská Bouda. It stands on the southeast slope of Kaňk hill, the highest peak of the Malešovská highlands.
For your entertainment, we recommend visiting the longest bobsleigh track in the Czech Republic, the waterpark or the local 3D cinema. The town is very lively thanks to lots of seasonal feasts and cultural events that are held here every year.
For major scheduled events please see the events section of these web pages.