Located about two hours by train from Prague, Kutna Hora is a small town best known for being home to the Sedlec Ossuary, the “bones chapel.” The inside of the small church is decorated using the bones of over 40,000 people, most of which died during the Black Plague that swept across Europe in the 1400s. Visitors can also stop by the Gothic St. Barbara’s Church, an UNESCO world heritage site and take a stroll along St. Barbara street, which offers amazing open views over the city.
A comfortable 40 minute train ride gets you to Karlstejn, a 14th century Gothic castle in remarkable condition. Climb the hill, passing by souvenir stands, cafes and restaurants and the occasional antique shop before entering the castle walls. Paid tours are the only way to access the rooms of the castle but in summer or autumn, bring comfortable shoes to explore the many hiking trails around the castle.
This German city, famous for outlet shops and great Christmas markets, is less than two hours away (on very comfortable buses with WiFi) from Prague. Head over for some cheap shopping, but don’t forget to check out Zwinger Palace and the Frauenkirche church, which was rebuilt after being completely destroyed during WWII. Check out the ruins of the original building in the basement while you’re there.
If you have time and the weather cooperates, take a stroll through Dresden Baroque Quarter and the Dresden Neustadt neighborhood for some unique art and architecture and a quaint bohemian feel.