if you are traveling in the Summer months (or any time it's hot), do not accept a room on the top floor. while the rooms are large and beautiful, they get HOT. there is no air conditioning, and it rained during my stay, so I couldn't even open a window. i'm guessing my room was between 40 - 45C. The room came with a fan, but I got very little sleep, and woke with a sore throat that turned to a nasty cold. My body couldn't deal with the heat.
with all cobblestone streets, and no elevator in the hotel, you should travel with a backpack when you come here. i did, and was happy for it. i don't know what happens to folks who can't climb stairs -- maybe contact the hotel to ask...
The hotel's restaurant offers average food, but plays American top 40 from a speaker onto the terrace. We tried a Bud on the balcony (I suggest the dark), and enjoyed ourselves, but the town has much nicer places to eat. In fact, 95% of the restaurants and bars we saw looked ideal.
about the town: This is the most beauitful town I have ever seen. When we planned our trip, we expected something of a kitchy tourist town with the Bone Church and all. But the Czech People are incredibly modest. This country is amazing, and this town is particularly so. It's a great place to walk, and we walked everywhere we went. We walked from the local train station(trains to and from this town are often late, but they wait for each other and get you, at least as far as your next stop, however late). We then had lunch at the hotel, and walked to Sedlec to see the Bone Church.
They offer special prices if you visit more than one site. I'm really glad they did this because it encouraged us to see more. First, we saw the Cathedral of the Assumption of Our Lady. It was my favourite church from the whole trip across the country. it's really special. And they let you up into the rafters for a view above the ceiling!
The bone Church is worth checking-out. It's smaller and with more bones than I had expected. It's worth a read of the story of how it came to be. It's not as grotesque as you likely expect. It's a real work of art, however striking the materials. Don't fool yourself into thinking it is macabre -- educate yourself. it's interesting.
Next, we walked back to the hotel, and on to the Ste. Barbara's Cathedral. It's more touristy than the other one, though it is quite impressive to see from the outside. Buy a ticket to go upstairs when you arrive -- we didn't know we had to buy one until we arrived in the back corner of the church. It was set to close in 20 minutes when we got back to the desk, and though they were still letting tourists in to view the main floor, they wouldn't let us go upstairs (even for 10 minutes!).
On the way back, we had dinner on a terrace that had a great view of St. Barbara's, the vineyard, and the valley/ravine. This was at Hotel Vila U Varhanare. For two nice meals (all hand made, delicious, and the kind you find for about $40/plate in Canada and US), 4 pints, and two hand made desserts, we paid about $28 CAD. Prices are beyond reasonable. Typically, a pint (.5l) in this town runs about 20 krowns ($1.25 CAD). A 0.4 L at the Mercure in Ostrava (really nice hotel) costs 55 krown. The food prices are proportionate.
I was sad to leave Kutna Hora after only one night. I saw day trips from Prague, but am really glad we stayed. I suggest staying here instead of taking a day tour. You won't be disappointed, and you'll likely save a couple of hundred dollars, too. :-)
stay on lower floor to avoid heat stroke. there are no elevators, so travel w/backpacks.
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