Programme for Accompanying personsAccompaying persons` registration fee covers:
- admission to Welcome Recepttion
- admission to Barbeque Party
- one full/day tour to be chosen from three options
- special badge and bag
Accompanying persons will be offered 3 different full/day tours. Each accompanying person can choose one of these tours free of charge; other tour options for accompanying persons are available at additional cost
The tour fees include transportation, English speaking guide, lunch, entrance fees.
1) Excursion to Kutna Hora and Kourim Open Air Museum (8 hrs)
About 60 km east of Prague you can find a medieval town, the second most important town in Bohemia in the 14th and 15th century after Prague. This city was famous for its silver mines and presence of Czech kings. When Wenceslas IV, son of the Emperor Charles IV, lived there, the town started to develop and expand as many European architects worked at the royal court. Rich silver mines made possible to build beautiful city houses, a new cathedral, to enlarge the royal palace. In Kutná Hora the first central coin mint was established and the valuable Czech money
(Czech groš) had been made there until the Habsbourg time.
Since 1994 Kutná Hora belongs to the UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage. During our tour you will visit the St. Barbara Cathedral with interesting wall paintings showing the daily life of miners and workers in the Royal mint (it is a unique opportunity to see motifs and scenes like that in a church), the Italian Court, former Royal palace and the Royal Mint from the end of the 13th century, the Ossuary, small chapel with an altar and wall decoration made of human bones, and the nice centre of this small town where you will find medieval houses, a Gothic fountain, old stone pavement and charming old sleepy atmosphere.
Lunch will be at a typical restaurant in Kutna Hora. In the second half of the day you will visit the Museum of folk architecture in Kouřim, small town of Kouřim located about 20 km from Kutná Hora. It is presented like specialized ethnographical open-air museum which should document mainly archaic constructional techniques, building materials and present also some of the evolutionary periods of Bohemian folk building.
2) Excursion to Karlstejn Castle and Koneprusy Caves (8 hrs)
You should visit the most outstanding medieval castle built 650 years ago. The Czech king and Roman emperor, son of John of Luxemburg and Elizabeth of Přemysl, Charles IV was born on May 14, 1316, and died on November 29, 1378. He greatly improved the quality of the Czech state by initiating large construction projects and strengthening the position of the church. Due to his incentive, the Archbishops´s post was established by the Pope in Prague in 1344., under Charles’s rule, Prague became the residential town of the Empire. He was one of the most highly educated men in Europe at that time, he spoke five languages and was very knowledgeable in arts and science, he had literary gifts, and he was an outstanding soldier and statesman, a truly multifaceted talent.
In 1348, only two months after the foundation of the Prague’s University, Charles IV commissioned a French architect Matthew of Arras to build Karlštejn Castle, a place for safe keeping of Coronation Jewels and relics of saints. You will admire the majestic exterior of the Gothic fortress, its ingenious fortification, and also the breath-taking view from the hill onto the countryside around the castle. It is one of the most visited castles in the Czech Republic, situated about 35 km outside of Prague.
Lunch in a local restaurant.
In the afternoon continuation to Koneprusy Caves.
Koněprusy Caves (Koněpruské jeskyně) is a cave system in Bohemian Karst. It is located southwest of Prague, 6 km south of Beroun in the Central Bohemian Region. The name is derived from nearby village of Koněprusy. The three-level cave system inside the Zlatý kůň hill has developed in limestone of Devonian age. With the length of 2 km and vertical range of 70 m it is the largest cave system in Bohemia, but not in the Czech Republic (there are much larger cave systems in Moravian Karst). The caves were discovered during expansion of nearby limestone quarry in 1950 and subsequently made accessible to public in 1959. The tour of caves is 620 m long and lasts one hour.