I am so excited to finally be in the Czech Republic! It has only been one week, and I already feel an instant connection to Prague and the place I live. Very similar to where I grew up, it has trees, parks, running trails everywhere and everyone loves to be outdoors. I have been so busy getting my new life organized that a day trip outside of Prague sounded like the perfect way to get immersed into the culture and see what this amazing country has to offer. So, this past Saturday, I decided to head to a town called Kutná Hora.
Just an hour east outside of Prague by train, Kutna Hora is an incredibly easy and accessible town to get to. Most known for its unique Sedlec Ossuary or "skeleton church," which adorns skeleton bones on its walls and throughout the building and St. Barbara's Church which showcases its beautiful gothic architecture, it is worth just coming here for that.
But, Kutná Hora is so much more than that. Developed in 1142, this sweet, charming town seems to have withstood time. I was immediately transported back into the early ages while walking over the broken cobblestone roads and sidewalks and admiring all of the well-kept buildings painted with every color the eye could see. To really experience all that the town has to offer, one needs to explore and get away from the tour groups and typical scenic areas, as I did. Walk along quiet streets, stop into small shops and restaurants that are open. Grab a beer and maybe a sausage too.
So that is exactly what we did. Situated near St. Barbara's Church, we finally came across one of the only open restaurants around and stopped in. Having not eaten all day, I was starving and ready for a hearty Czech meal. Beers were ordered and we asked for menus, only to find out they weren't serving food and only had a total "4 sausages left and two pairs" of what looked like pairs of hotdogs left. Needless to say, we left that place still hungry, but was a perfect place to rest our feet.
If ever visiting the CR or Prague, visiting Kutná Hora is definitely a recommendation of mine. It can easily be visited in one day or if you leave early enough, a half day. It gives travelers and tourists a taste of rural life and the villages which border Prague. Life is slower, people are friendly and the beers are amazing.