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Explore On Foot

From Kutná Hora to the Vrchlice Valley

The circular nature trail from Kutná Hora will take you to places that inspired the writer Jaroslav Vrchlický.

Just like the centre of Kutná Hora, its surroundings are also picturesque. You can go exploring in all directions. This time, however, head south of the UNESCO-listed town. 

You can start right in the town centre or take the train to the Kutná Hora, suburbs stop. You will shorten the route a little bit, but you will miss the beautiful and unique views of the Cathedral of St. Barbara. From the bridge in the V Hutích district of Kutná Hora, follow the red markings which will take you through a picturesque valley with many natural attractions, romantic ruins of old mills and remains of old silver mining. 

  • Interesting fact: Emil Frýda fell in love with the blossoming spring valley of the Vrchlice River during his walks. He was so enchanted by the local natural beauty that he changed his name to Jaroslav Vrchlický and under this pseudonym he made his way into 19th century Czech literature. The writer’s relief is carved into the sandstone at the beginning of the valley (visible from the Cathedral of St. Barbara). Another of the famous personalities who fell for the charms of this valley was Kutná Hora native Josef Kajetán Tyl. According to some sources, it was these places with their gurgling water and sparkling pines on the cliffs that inspired him in 1834 to write the lyrics of the song “Kde domov můj”, which became the Czech national anthem because of the beauty of its words. 

After you reach the bottom of the dam of the Velký rybník pond, you will have a unique view of two waterfalls, 3.5 and 7 metres high. From the dam, follow the blue sign that will lead you to Bylany. A small detour will take you to a stone aqueduct from the 15th century or to the Bylanka gallery. 

You can end the trip again at the train station you started from or walk back to the city centre, where you can satisfy your taste buds with quality local gastronomy. For example, visit Dačický, the V Ruthardce restaurant or have a meal at the Factory – Bistro Cafe Bar. 

  • Tip for you: The entire route can be walked, cycled, and for the more adventurous mothers it is also passable with a stroller. However, it is not wheelchair accessible, and it is sometimes necessary to take into account more difficult terrain obstacles, such as rock steps or potholes. 

Trip start:

Kutná Hora

Trip length:

14 km / 8.7mi

Trip duration:

4,5 hours

Trip end

Kutná Hora

Altitude profile:

194 m / 328 feet

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Elevation profile of the route

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