I had the opportunity to visit the Czech Republic a few times and the first time was the small town of Kutna Hora. This first visit was for business and this town, approximately a 35 minute train ride from Prague, is where I would be based for a week. I can honestly say that I fell in love there and eventually would return three more times in a period of six months.
My first day there, I made it a point to go get lost and explore. I love small European towns – so much history, so many narrow and twisting alleys, and such beautiful architecture. Kutna Hora did not disappoint at all.
As I continued to walk around the town with no map, I found myself weaving through small streets, alleys, and suddenly arriving at interesting plazas.
At one point, the streets became full of small shops with local arts and small restaurants and pubs. This lead further toward even more narrow streets.
At one point, I came to one of the central areas – one that I’d return to often in future trips.
I continued just wandering as the day wore on – just knowing that somehow I’d have to find a taxi to take me back to my hotel in Kolin (the wonderful Villa Romantica).
At one point, I wandered down a hill only to find myself in the middle of a Renaissance themed festival – lucky me!
Kutna Hora at Night
As you know, a city changes at night. Kutna Hora is a small town so it is very peaceful in the evenings – aside from the restaurants and pubs, everything shuts down at about 6:00 PM. Even so, it is this different character that makes it so appealing to explore the same areas at different times.
I’d return to Kutna Hora (and Prague) three more times and I’ll be writing more about those experiences in the future.