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“Extraordinary Experience!”

Czech Museum of Silver
Ranked #5 of 41 things to do in Kutna Hora
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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.
Reviewed September 18, 2013

Most importantly, they are not kidding about the tour not being appropriate for people who are claustrophobic or anyone who has any sort of mobility issues which would limit their ability to walk while crouched over, shimmy sideways, shimmy sideways while crouched over, etc. The tour inside the mine starts off with a flight of 160 (if I remember correctly) stairs down into the mine. The hardhats you wear for the tour are not some sort of gimmick, they're to protect your melon while you're in the narrow passages of the mine. It's not dangerous, though. There's plenty of fresh air and one guide will stay in the front of the group and another will bring up the rear. That being said...

The tour is an absolute must. The mine complex is massive but was almost completely flooded out and is no longer mineable. What you will walk (shimmy, shuffle, crouch, and creep) through is not something contrived for tourists. The only thing that's there for your comfort are the stairs in and out, the wooden and metal walkways to keep you from slipping, the bridges over the flooded areas (300+ meters deep), and the few areas with electricity. You are in the same tunnels the miners were in. Unlike every other cave tour I've ever been on, you can touch the walls; you have no choice but to do that.

You will learn quite a bit about what life was like for a miner at that time as well as the lives of all those connected to the silver mining industry. You will learn quite a bit about how silver was mined throughout the many years the mine was in operation. Our guide was extremely friendly and knowledgeable and was at the ready with answers to every question we had for him - even the really random ones my husband loves to ask. For whatever reason, no one else on our tour asked our guide any questions and he always seemed sad when "Does anyone have any questions?" was met with silence so be sure to ask questions.

You are sure to have fun and learn a lot. You will also get a bit wet as it is drippy in places so don't wear your nicest clothes.

3  Thank ladidadi
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Reviewed September 3, 2013

My daughter and I took a bus to and a train from. Both easy to connect with. St. Barbara church is worth walking to and the view is outstanding! The town itself is quaint but we did find a pizza place. Then we walked to the Bone Church (no kidding) and its really different...like a little unnerving for me but not my daughter. We did a lot of walking so if you are not able of doing that, there are shuttles . Buy the ticket for all 3 things to see..

Thank mary w
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Reviewed August 26, 2013

Just amazing! The tunnel has been driven by hand of medieval miners in gneiss of Kutna Hora crystalline complex. In the superincumbent stratum there is a massive bed of mesozoic sedimentary rocks. It contains limestone which becomes soluble in the leaking water and consequently it deposits on the roof and walls like in karst caves. Beautiful place!

Thank Michal J
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Reviewed August 22, 2013 via mobile

We actually stumbled upon this place and weren't planning on coming here. Luckily there was an English tour running 15 minutes from when we arrived. The guide was amusing and very informative on the production of silver and how the mine originally worked. It was interesting to get to see the old silver mine and imagine the conditions the workers had to deal with.

Thank Violets101
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Reviewed August 21, 2013

We opted for the tour without the mine portion. Our very sweet guide took us through the museum section. Her English was very limited (not judging because my Czech is non-existent) just noting that the English tour is a bit difficult to understand. You have to reserve a time to tour this, so stop off on your way to St. Barbara's and reserve your tour!

1  Thank WhitneyEichinger
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