Early on October 2 we walked from our hotel to the main Prague train station ("hlavní nádraží") and took a train to Kutná Hora. When you buy your ticket in Prague, you can get a ticket to the Kutná Hora main train station, but I don't advise this. The train station is a few kilometres from the town itself so it is not a practical walk. You can buy a ticket for Kutná Hora město ("town") which includes a transfer to a local train to take you to the town itself. The ticket is about Cdn $6/person one way, and the ride takes about an hour.
|Diesel at Kutná Hora station|
The local train is a little two car affair, and I'll provide a photo later. We chose to get off at the Sedlec suburb rather than ride the train right into town. The ossuary is there so we decided to get that first. There is also a large cathedral in Sedlec with the unwieldy name of the Church of the Assumption of Our Lady and Saint John the Baptist. It's impressive and important enough to earn a UNESCO designation. I checked it out briefly but we were chiefly interested in the ossuary.
What to say about this place? It's weird and creepy and interesting. The ossuary is located beneath the Cemetery Church of All Saints ("Hřbitovní kostel Všech Svatých") and contains the bones of between 40,000 and 70,000 people. Many of these bones have been artistically arranged in the 1500s and it has become a huge tourist draw.
Here are a few photos. If you google Kutná Hora bone church you will see many more.
There's a city bus that runs from the Sedlec suburb into the old town. It's quite inexpensive but a tad slow, but we took it anyway. We got off near the giant St. Barbara's Church and visited that, then walked through the old town and had lunch at the excellent Restaurant Dačický.
Pozor vlak = "attention train".
I'm honestly not sure what the different light colours mean, as I never saw it operate.
I took a photo from the crossing to document the yard and area - see below. There are a few details visible in the photo.
|Kutná Hora train yard|
The train station itself looks fairly impressive, but in reality the passengers seem to see only a small part of it.
|Kutná Hora train station exterior|
|Kutná Hora train station interior|
|Kutná Hora engine house?|
There was some very old railway equipment nearby too. I was wondering if they were being collected for a museum display or something. They didn't look operational at all.
|Locomotive in Kutná Hora|
|Old railway equipment in Kutná Hora|
|Kutná Hora local train|
|Waiting for the train in Kutná Hora|
The app is pretty cool.
On the way I snapped this photo of a train in the Praha Liben train station, a suburban station I believe.
Once we arrived at the main Prague station, I took a photo of our train and a photo of the train station itself.
|Our train at the Prague train station|
|Train shed of the Prague train station|
Next up, I spent a morning railfanning the Prague train station.
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