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Advice on the outside trip of Prague

Hello , fellow Travelers.

I need your opinion. I am going to be in Prague for 4 days in August. I want to spend three days exploring the city and one day to spare on the outside trip. Can’t decide Cutna Hora or Crumlov. I would love to visit bough but don’t have time. Share your thoughts, please

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Both Kutna Hora and Cesky Krumlov will be very, very crowded. Have a look at Tabor, a beauty which, for some reason, is much less visited and only 1,5 hrs from Prague on fairly regular trains. Use the website of the Czech railways for the schedule, with »Praha hl.n.« (Prague main station) as departure point.

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Tabor is less visited than C.K. or K.H. because it is not in Rick Steves book.

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... because it is not in Rick Steves book
Let's keep it that way. Now it's still a lovely place to enjoy.

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If it's a 1 day trip I'd hire a car and make a day of it. Go straight to Jindrichuv Hradec in the morning and come back via Tabor in the afternoon. Or if you are doing Tabor, go 30Km across to Pisek. Excellent English-language resource for Jindrichuv Hradec at https://infocentrum.jh.cz.

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I like Tabor too, great little town,read up on the Hussites before you go.

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Hi from Wisconsin,
For a day trip, let suggest Konopiste Castle. Trains from Prague to Benesov u Prahy run nearly every half hour. The Cost is about 6 euro one way. From the train station, the castle is about a 30 minute walk. For train info use cd.cz. This website has the best prices and you can print your own ticket.

Why THIS castle? I have been to many castles over the decades. I loved seeing the remains for castles built by King Richard in France and the impressive castles of Edward in Wales, but they are empty, nobody has lived there in centuries. Konopiste is as if Franz Joseph just left to go hunting this morning and will be back for supper. True, the castle is 'modern' with early flush toilets, but he was the heir apparent to the Hapsburg crown when he was assassinated in 1916 and he kept things up to date in his home.

This is more a castle to show wealth and power than a defensive structure. His collections of armor, guns, and trophy heads (!!!!????) are worth the trip.

wayne iNWI

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Kutna Hora is a great day trip from Prague that's easy to do (1 hour by train). You can do the bone church (Sedlec ossury), a tour round the silver mine, and visit the cathedral and old town.

Cesky Krumlov is 3 hours from Prague, so it's better if you stay overnight there.

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If you do Kutna Hora on your own then when looking at trains the station you want is Kutna Hora Sedlec. Note that station is not one of the main stops so you change at Kutna Hora Mesto and from there its 4 minutes. Trains run from Prague Hlavni on this line every 2 hours. Or you have the option via Kolin which takes roughly the same amount of time but you have to change trains twice. When you get off at Sedlec just follow the brown "Ossuary" signs. Then it's a pleasant 30 minute walk to the town, stop for a break and do the mint/cathedral. Then come back via Kutna Hora Mesto station. 6 hours including the trip and lunch is a nice amount of time.

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Oh! just to point out, the brown tourist signs at Sedlec may say "Kostnice" as well as "Ossuary". Same place. From the Sedlec station to the main road. Turn right then at the next junction turn left and you're there.

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there used to be markers and distances painted on the pavements but been about 3 years since I was last in Kutna Hora,might be worn out now.