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“Excellent day trip from Prague” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Czech Museum of Silver

Czech Museum of Silver
Barborska 28, Kutna Hora 28401, Czech Republic (Formerly Hradek Mining Museum)
+420 327 512 159
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Ranked #5 of 19 things to do in Kutna Hora
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Owner description: Hradek, mentioned already in 1312, is a fortified castle palace of the town type. Nowadays it is the seat of the main exposition of the Czech Museum of Silver. The museum offers two guided tours and the main attraction is a visit to an authentic medieval silver mine.
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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“Excellent day trip from Prague”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2013

While Kutna Hora is widely advertised in Prague as a half day trip, the place deserves more time than this. I took a morning train to Kutna Hora Hlavni nadrazi, which is about 10 minutes walk from the bone church. Entry to the bone church could be purchased with a combination ticket for other churches in the town. It is fairly easy to get into town from this church, take the half hourly bus to the town centre for 12 crown. I had time to visit the other churches on my ticket, though skipped the Jesuit college. The bone church was by far the most unusual of the the three main churches.
I had reserved a place on both tours of the silver mine prior to arriving. The main tour, down the mine was fantastic, and despite me being rather large in size, I managed to squeeze through the tunnels. Be warned though, if you are, or think you might be, claustrophobic, then this will test you to the limit. Once in the mine, you either stick with it to the very end, or backtrack up 160 steps to the surface. Do spare a thought for the guide though as one has to escort you back up the steps if you decide to leave early. Additionally, since access to the mine dates back to the communist period, some aspects havent aged very well, though it did add something to the uniqueness of the tour. That being said, the museum staff did their utmost to ensure everyone remained as safe as possible and were not put in danger. They even provided secure storage facilities for your backpacks, which was advantageous as space in the mine could be extremely limited.
Having sampled the mine first hand, I found the second tour, covering the history of mining and the castle, very interesting. While it was comparatively more academic than the mine tour, it was nonetheless interesting. As the only participant, I had a personalised tour. The enthusiasm of the guide, Voychiech (?) was obvious, and he did an admirable job of bringing the castle collection to life, despite English not being his first language. Both tours alone lasted the best part of 2.5 to 3 hours, and with the bone church, I found I spent over 7 hours in the town.
Just a word of warning about the trains though, though there are three stations in the town, the mesto station, situated on a branch line, runs a shuttle service back to hlavni nadarzi, for those who don't fancy the 3km hike back to the main line station. This runs roughly once an hour to coincide with faster trains back to Prague. Bear this in mind when planning your return journey as your return journey may be an hour later than you expect when finishing looking around the town. There are also taxis and a bus service back to the mainline station too.

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Telford, United Kingdom
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“A Must Do”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2013

Book this early in the day to ensure you get the tour in English, or book in advance. The tour starts with a basic introduction before getting togged out in silver mine gear and going down deep into the mine. They do warn you that you need not be claustrophobic or have mobility issues - there are several areas where height and 'width' is an issue. Putting that aside the tour is excellent so was the guide, once you got used to the accent.

Much more impressive than going into a coal or lead mine.

Only managed one tour, would have liked to have done both. Not allowed for children under 7.

Visited October 2013
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“Must see”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013 via mobile

Worth the train journey from praha for this alone. Tour consisted of about 45 mins walk in a real underground silver mine. You are kitted out with hard hats,lamp and white overalls then begin your descent into the bleak working life of a silver miner 800 years ago. Guide was highly knowledgable and gave a huge insight into life of these men/children back in the day. Tunnels themselves were pretty low and narrow in parts so not recommended for claustrophobics but well worth it just to see the small tunnels workers had to cope with daily in very poor if not pitch black conditions. Tunnels all run under jesuit college and cathedral but this is only a fraction of ones under entire town which are now flooded. Great visit but remember to get off train in kolin as i forgot and hadnt time for ossuary as a result ;)

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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“tour guide's keys”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

The tour guide opened up rooms for us in the "castle" with huge 7" keys that looked Medieval themselves. Beautiful rooms - fascinating to see the silver coins dating back 100's of years.

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“A great side trip”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013

This was included in my tour and I was very glad for it. The history is fascinating behind the museum. Being able to see the coins and learn the history was great. I highly recommend it.

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