About Festival

If you visit the town of Kutná Hora during June 22nd and 23rd, you will have the opportunity to go back 620 years into the history of the Bohemian Kingdom and experience what it was like to live in this famous royal mining town, which is today on the UNESCO World Heritage List. This annual historical event called the “Royal Silvering of Kutná Hora” takes you back to the times of the last Luxembourgs on the Bohemian throne at the beginning of the 15th century. The whole town and the royal seat in the mint in Italian Court will set the scene for the arrival of the Bohemian and Roman king Wenceslas IV. and his court. Both those taking part and those looking on will be transported to the times of great prosperity in this silver-mining town, which at that time was the second most important town in the kingdom after Prague.

The everyday work in the mines and the mint will pause as drums herald the coming of king Wenceslas and his court. The rich and proud miners will prepare a great welcome for their favourite king, a medieval fair will be opened, fires will be lit on the meadows below the Italian Court, brave knights from far and wide will ride into town to test their courage and skills in jousting tournaments, and gothic music will lure people out to dance in the Italian Court and in the streets.

Fanfares will sound in the Cathedral of St. Barbara, the patron saint of Bohemian miners, to welcome king Wenceslas and his wife Sofia of Bavaria, the royal court, the nobles of Kutná Hora, and the commoners for the festive “Silver Mass”. The bright colours of high gothic, dozens of pennants, and hundreds of historical costumes will fill the picturesque streets of the town and the tourney grounds below the royal mint in Italian Court.

The Royal Silvering of Kutná Hora is a unique and grandiose spectacle for hundreds of participants and thousands of onlookers every year. Visit Kutná Hora, where the history of this silver town fill its streets every year!