The Royal Silvering of Kutna Hora

The Royal Silverning of Kutna Hora is an annual Gothic festival taking place in Kutna Hora, famous Bohemian medieval mining town. Spectacular scenario brings the royal mining town of Kutna Hora 620 years back to the beginning of the 15th century.

The whole town comes alive by a fictious arrival and presence of Bohemian and Roman king Wenceslas IV with his court. Actors and spectators return to the age of the acme of prosperity of silver Kutna Hora. Everybody can dress a self-made costume and join the celebration.

Besides the main program of the king's visit with music, dance, jousts, trials and silver mass, you can see standalone performances of acting groups, themed goodies, historical craft and music, children's plays and competitions, fights, jugglers and falconers.

The whole Gothic pageant is based on historical facts and knowledge of life of the town in the 15th century.

About the festival

If you visit the town of Kutná Hora during June 23–24, 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 of the town and royal seat in the mint in Italian Court will set the scene for the arrival of Bohemian King and Holy Roman Emperor Wenceslas IV and his entourage. Both those taking part and those looking on will find themselves in a time 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 mint will be broken off as drums herald the coming of King Wenceslas and his court. The rich and proud miners will prepare a great welcome for the king. A medieval fair will be opened, fires will be lit on the meadows below Italian Court, and sturdy knights from far and wide will ride into the town to test their courage and skills in jousting tournaments. Gothic music will lure people out to dance in the court and streets, and the mysterious symbolism of the Saturday evening court festivities will recall the old moral values of medieval knights. 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 Kutná Hora nobility 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 tiltyard below the royal mint in Italian Court.

The Royal Silvering of Kutná Hora constitutes an inimitable and grandiose spectacle for hundred of participants and thousands of onlookers every year. Visit Kutná Hora, where the history of this silver town overflows into the streets every year!

Program of the 27th Royal Silvering

Saturday 23 June 2018

A. Main stage

10.00Procession of the royal reeve and the burghers of Kutná Hora from the Italian Court to St. Barbara’s Cathedral
10.20Royal procession from Hrádek to St. Barbara’s Cathedral
10.45The burghers of Kutná Hora welcome their king
11.30King Wenceslas IV with Queen Sophia proceeds to the Italian Court

B. Tiltyard

13.00The king arrives at the tiltyard, where a jousting tournament is announced
13.10Great jousting tournament

A. Main stage

15.15A great dispute arises in Kutná Hora
15.20The royal reeve escorts the accused from Hrádek to the trial
15.30Now, the king must decide who is unguilty and who will go to the headsman's block
17.00Theatre and magic of Žito the Magician

B. Tiltyard

19.00Slavian’s return from the conquered Troy - theatre performance in the style of the French court

A. Main stage

21.20The king and the queen come to the court feast (torchlight procession from the Italian Court to St. Barbara’s Cathedral)
21.30Midsummer court feast with tournament and fireworks

Sunday 24 June 2018

A. Main stage

9.20Royal procession from Hrádek to St. Barbara’s Cathedral
9.25A ceremonial fanfare welcomes the king to the Silver mass
10.30The mass is over and the king returns to the Italian Court

B. Tiltyard

11.45Funny Bowling Tournament

A. Main stage

12.40Procession of the royal reeve, the master of the mint and the burghers of Kutná Hora from Hrádek to St. Barbara’s Cathedral
12.45Oaths of the elected guild olders
14.15The royal court of Queen Sophia
15.15The royal reeve summons a parade of the town guard

B. Tiltyard

17.00The king arrives at the tiltyard. Tournament of royal knights

The program is subject to alterations.

ADMISSION:

Saturday 23 June

All-day including night program
Adults 200,- CZK
Children aged 6-15 and students 100,- CZK

Night program
Adults 90,- Kč
Children aged 6-15 and students 60,- CZK
Children under 6 free

Discounted admission for costumed visitors
Adults (including students above 15) 80,- CZK for both days
Children aged 10-15 40,- CZK for both days
Children under 10 free

Sunday 24 June

All-day
Adults 130,- CZK
Children aged 6-15 and students 70,- CZK
Children under 6 free

Discounted admission for costumed visitors
Adults (including students above 15) 80,- CZK for both days
Children aged 10-15 40,- CZK for both days
Children under 10 free

The ticket entitles to 50% discount on the entrance fee for the Tour I in Hrádek and the Stone House on 23 and 24 June.