Ceské Muzeum Stříbra
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Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Hradek mentioned as early as 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 tours and the main attraction is a visit to an authentic medieval silver mine.
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Kessie J
7 contributions
Sep 2022 • Couples
We went to explore Kutna Hora and I figured as a city built on silver, we HAD to go to the mining museum. We did not book ahead of time for an English tour and you cannot go on the tour without a guide into the caves. But we were offered a Czech tour with students but were given our own English guide to read along. However, Nicola was with us and spoke great English. She was very happy to answer our questions and offer information in English on the tour for us. She was personable and went out of her way to help us. We really appreciated her :) the mines are dark and wet, wear sneakers. I wore Birkenstocks and got a little wet but overall not bad! I wasn’t expecting to go into caves that day otherwise I would’ve prepared better. The caves can get very small and narrow. My husband is 6’1” and struggled a little when it got to a low height, but got through without any significant issues. The narrowest spot is 20 cm and we passed through without issue. Definitely not for anyone who is claustrophobic.
Written September 14, 2022
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Hamiczech
Ostrava, Czech Republic484 contributions
Aug 2021
If u are fan of mining and history, you should visit this museum, it is great experience (if u are not afraid of small narrow spaces). U will get a coat not to be dirty, helmet with a light and you will enter the mine. Corridors are really narrow and low, so it is not good for too fat people, to be sincere. You will learn about the history of silver mining in Kutná Hora.

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Written November 11, 2021
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK160,530 contributions
Oct 2019
I took the underground mine guided tour. The tour was conducted in English and despite the guides apologies about her English, I understood her just fine. The guide went in to a lot of detail about the history of mining in Kutna Hora, the equipment used and the lives of the miners.

Then followed a tour down into what used to be one of the actual silver mines of Kutna Hora, back in it's heydays of mining. The safety precautions requires that we all wore hardhats with a light attached, plus overalls to protect our clothes. Personally I had a lot of fun going into the mines. The guide stops at points of interest and seeing the condition under which miners worked was very enlightening. At one point in the tour, everyone switched off their lights. In the pitch black, it made me really appreciate my office based jobs.

A really enjoyable tour.
Written October 14, 2019
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sarah n
Melbourne, Australia44 contributions
Jul 2015 • Friends
This is one of the best, and most value for money experiences in the Czech Republic. The mine is located in Kutna Hora. Trains for Kutná Hora leave from the Prague main train station Hlavní Nádraží every two hours in the morning and early afternoon, and every hour starting at 3 p.m. The trip takes just over an hour and costs around 100 CZK (Aus$5.60) per person one way. The main Kutná Hora train station (Kutná Hora hl.n.) is not within walking distance from the town center, so you'll want to transfer to a local train after you arrive in Kutná Hora. There's always one connecting with the arriving Prague train and you'll have about five minutes to transfer. When buying your train ticket in Prague, make sure you buy one for Kutná Hora město (město = town), not Kutná Hora hl.n., so you're covered all the way into town and don't have to buy an extra ticket on the local train. The ride into town takes six minutes. The tour of the mine includes an explanation of the mine's history and a tour of one section of the mine. The cost is 70Kc($3.90Aus) and there is an extra fee if you want to take photos. While there are several tours each day, the tour is very popular and calling ahead to reserve a place, or booking ahead is recommended. The mine dates back to the 1600's. The passage of the mine is some distance underground and is just 40cm's wide at one point. The tour guide mentioned that it is isn't recommended for people who are claustrophobic, have heart conditions or are obese. However, you only need a moderate level of fitness to manage the tour, and it takes about 1.5hrs, which includes the presentations above ground. You will be asked to leave your bag at reception due to the limited space in the mine. The young man who was our tour guide was absolutely excellent. He was very knowledgeable, charismatic and appeared to really enjoy his job. He presented the tour with lovely humour. The tour allows you to get a very good sense of what it must have been like for the miners. There are about 10 people p/tour. This is a highly recommended experience.
Written August 16, 2015
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barb4sixty
Toronto, Canada23 contributions
Aug 2013 • Couples
We signed up for the tour, but there wasn't one available in English. We elected to go with the Czech tour, with a printed handout in English. The English text was not helpful at all, and we were beginning to get irritated because we had no idea what was being said while trying to find the appropriate piece in our English text. Fortunately for us, George (Jirka), a guide at the museum who spoke English, saw us struggling and offered to take the four of us on our own tour. He was amazing. His English was excellent, his knowledge of the mine and the history was extensive. George absolutely made this visit for us. Without him, I think this review would be very different. It is worth, as suggested, to wait for an English tour. Having said all of the above, the mine visit was absolutely worth the little bit of aggravation. Putting on hard hats and white coats was wise: the ceilings are low and the mine is very wet. Just being that far underground, trying to image how the miners worked with such little light in incredibly tight, claustrophobic conditions was more than enlightening. I'll think twice now before I moan about being stopped in a tunnel on the subway! Once we finished our tour underground, George stayed with us, even though his shift had ended, and pointed out some other interesting features above ground. I hope the management at the Museum of Silver realize what a fantastic employee they have, and what a credit George is to their organization.
Written August 14, 2013
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lilwitchfdeast
Stockholm, Sweden229 contributions
Nov 2014 • Couples
Although we couldn't go to the mine tour, which was the main reason (apart from the Bone Churc) for including Kutna Hora on our itinerary, I would rate this "Very good" for the amount of information and the extremely helpful staff. Very sadly, we reached the place late, had a bit of trouble finding it on the (paper) map which added significantly to the delay
The trips into the mine last 1.5hrs and the last trip is at 14:30. The museum itself closes at 16:00, so would suggest to plan your day accordingly.

That said about the Museum, once u exit this Museum, if you want to visit Arch-Deanery Church of St. Jacob, just take a right on the first winding lane to walk by one of the most beautiful old town lanes - narrow, cobbled, curved, colorful leaves drooping by, tiny wooden windows on stone buildings ...albeit short, this lane is a delight to walk in if u like some rustic scenes; straight out of 13th century and looks like technology hasn't reached here. This route would lead you to the back entrance of the church. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Written November 16, 2014
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Monika S
Chicago, IL79 contributions
Jul 2014 • Couples
This tour was such a pleasant surprise. The amount of information given about medieval silver mining is quite worth the ticket. I won't repeat what others have said, but I do want to stress the warning that the guide gives prior to entry: this tour is not for people afraid of tight spaces. Seriously. Not only are some paths so low that you must duck, they are also very narrow. A woman on our tour started hyperventilating, but luckily we neared a small opening in the wall where she could lay down and elevate her feet. While I never considered myself claustrophobic, I had moments of unexpected panic. It's hard to ignore how deep in the earth you are and how little space you have. I've been in cave tours before, but this was nothing like them. Do take the warnings seriously. I don't regret going as the experience was very enlightening, but I'd think twice before doing something like that again.
Written June 19, 2015
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Julwis
Cambridge, UK20 contributions
Oct 2013 • Solo
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.
Written November 5, 2013
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Schwartzkopf_Reiser
Leipzig, Germany267 contributions
Nov 2012 • Couples
There are tons of reviews telling about the best known attraction in KutnáHora (actually in Sedlec)- the Bone Church,or Chapel of All Saints in Kutna Hora. It's great, fantastic and everything to be told about it, was already told.
But there's another must-see place when in Sedlec- in the medieval town of Kutna Horá, either by a quick bus ride or a pleasant 15 minutes walk, you'll find Hradek Silver Mine Museum.
Unless if you are afraid of small spaces, or if you’re unfit, you’ll be huffing and puffing a bit, because there's a lot to discover- and walk inside this very important historical site
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Leaving Prague by Holesovice station, you'll arrive in Kutná Hora in less than 40 minutes.
The tour we chose was Tour II - The Way Of Silver, which introduces you to the whole process the silver ore had to undergo until a silver coin was struck. We've got acquainted with medieval technology of mining, processing raw silver and minting coinage, includeing replicas of medieval mine with technical equipments, original mining machine powered by horses and original medieval mine.
Then, equipped with a lamp, helmet and mining kirtle with hood, we were driven by our guide through a 250 m long medieval gallery, where we were able to meet a real silver mine, 250 m deep, and at some point, all the lights were out, leaving us in the darkest pitch black place we've ever experienced. Fascinating! The place has the soul of history and the history of Kutná Hora appearing right in front of us was one thrilling experience.
Once finally out of the mine, the tour finished in a scenic exposition introducing processing silver ore and minting coins.

This one is a newest part of the exposition called the Miners' Settlement, open in the garden of Hrádek, including log buildings, mining shelters, ore washing gutter, ore shredder with wheel and a smelting furnace with blowers and equipment, supplemented with figures of workes processing the silver ore, with silver coins, as well the process of making them.
It's a 2,5 hour tour, certainly the best spent time of our trip.
Written April 11, 2013
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EDLichtenstein
Wynnewood, PA323 contributions
Dec 2014 • Family
The heading says it all. The mine tour is apparently the thing not to miss. The rest of the museum is small, although interesting. Apparently the mine is closed in the winter so plan accordingly and check the website.
Written March 1, 2015
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