I love party hostels… when I want to party. In Prague I wanted to explore and save the hangover for another country. Unfortunately the drunk americans in my room who had just finished with college for the year really didnt seem to have the same thoughts as me. They ran in and out of my room all night, smoking pot and complaining about not having hooked up with any European girls yet… argh.
After the tour yesterday, I discovered there was a tour to Kutna Hora where the Bone Chapel (Sedlec Ossuary) is located. Checking the map as to where it was, I’d have only got lost if I was trying to get there myself so a few czech crowns was worth the trouble of being led around for the day.
Meeting up we grouped together and headed for the train out to Kutna Hora. It wasn’t long before our little group was chatting away comparing travel stories and the like. In the process I worked out that our tour guide wasn’t like the others… he didn’t have much of a clue about the tour as he had never taken it solo before. By the end of the day it didn’t matter. He was such a great bloke and the mishaps we had, made it far more interesting than the normal scripted stuff I’d been treated to in the rest of Europe.
Arriving in Kutna Hora with the sun already looming high above us we made a bee-line straight for St Barbara’s Church, and what a church. I found it hard to believe that it was originally designed to be almost twice its current size. The place is already a huge gothic masterpiece, any bigger would be crazy huge.
Leaving the church behind we strolled past some other amazing sights and learnt about the history of Kutna Hora. It once rivalled Prague with its wealth as the city mined the local silver found in the area to make money. With wealth comes kings and it quickly became the home to several of the Bohemian Kings of the time.
All exploring requires rest, and what is a better place to do that than a local tavern. Decked out with large wooden tables just like you would find at the Hofbrauhaus in Munich, we ordered beers and some local tucker. Now during the course of our feast (I chose a meatloaf type of dish) we noticed there was Mead on the menu. Having not seen it anywhere else to date one of the guys in the group ordered some. To our surprise it came in an awesome wooden cup and was surprisingly tasty. Just another reason to visit the Czech Republic if you ask me.
Eventually we had to pull ourselves away from the booze as there was one more important stop for the day, the Bone Chapel. Now much the same as I wouldn’t post pictures from the Catacombs in Paris when I visited, I don’t think its right to do so here either. These are after all peoples bones, lots and lots of peoples bones (you can find plenty of pictures on google or better yet visit for yourself its worth it).
The chapel really is crazy, from chandeliers to wall decorations and even signs, all using bones to make out the shapes and words. Oh and don’t even get me started on the giant mountains of bone’s that are stacked in the four corners of the chapel. It was a sight to see and well worth the day trip out of the center of Prague.
With that stop signalling the end to the tour we departed Kutna Hora and headed back to Prague. A few of us sought out a quiet bar to enjoy a couple more beers in an attempt to cool us after a day of walking around in the sizzling hot sun. Unfortunately it wasn’t long before my other tour mates had to depart for early starts the next day. I bid them goodbye and after a bit more of a stroll around Prague watching the sun set I too called it a day.