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Kutná Hora and vicinity

The primary centre of attraction is the town of Kutná Hora itself. Historically one of the most important towns in the Czech lands, it is rightfully regarded as a heritage jewel of our nation. The town’s history begins in early medieval times, as the importance of Kutná Hora grew along with its silver mining. Hence Kutná Hora now boasts a variegated mosaic of architectural styles and unique buildings from various eras: two Gothic cathedrals, two Romanesque chapels, five Gothic and two Baroque churches, three large monastic residences, two Gothic chapels, and many burghers’ houses and stone sculptures. Open to the public are four registered national monuments – the former mint known as the Italian Court, St. Barbara’s Cathedral, Kačina chateau and St. James’s Church in the village of the same name.

The historic centre of town, along with two individual buildings (St. Barbara’s Cathedral and the Cathedral of the Assumption in Sedlec), was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in December 1995. Beyond its rich history, the town offers a wide range of possibilities for a pleasant visit. Alongside of the quite extensive list of attractive heritage sites, visitors can experience something of the living present. Concerts, music festivals, exhibitions, celebrations or sports events provide another reason to stay a bit longer in the vicinity. The selection of accommodations is extensive, and local specialties are well worth a taste.

Throughout the year, it is possible to relax in the Klimeška sports-recreation centre, with bowling lanes, tennis courts, or fitness centers. Rock-climbers will enjoy the nearby valley of the Vrchlice stream, and horseback riding is also popular. Accessible in all seasons are many hiking and cycling trails leading, for instance, to the Great Pond, Kačina chateau, the ruins of Castle Sion or the Vysoká tower near the village of Miskovice.

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