Vyssi Brod Monastery (Vysebrodsky klaster)

Vyšší Brod Monastery

Vyssi Brod Monastery is a Cistercian monastery situated in South Bohemia Region of Czech Republic. It is a modest sized monastery that was reconstructed several times of a course of several centuries.



Location: South Bohemia Region     Map

Found: 1259

Tel. 380 746 627


May- Sept 9am- 4:15pm Tue- Sat, 1:15pm- 4:15 pm Sun

Oct- Apr by appointments


Description of Vyssi Brod Monastery

Vyssi Brod Monastery was constructed in 1259 by the order of Vok of Rosenberg I with a blessing of the local Chapter of the Cistercian Abbey of Citeaux. The place for the building site was chosen on the right bank of the river Vltava not far from a town of Vyssi Brod. Vyssi Brod Monastery became the necropolis for the noble family beginning of Vok of Rosenberg I who was first buried here. Unfortunately like many other monasteries in the Czech Republic it did not escape the damage during the Hussite Wars in the 14th century. Vyssi Brod Monastery was subsequently reconstructed and added a new Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary.

The final blow to the religious life of the abbey came in 1941. Nazi Germany expelled all monks from their monastery in an attempt to eradicated Catholic Church from Europe. Instead they settled German refugees from occupied Bessarabia (modern day Republic of Moldova). After the end of World War II the monastery was restored briefly, but this time atheist Soviet Union put a final nail in the coffin of the religious community here. Vyssi Brod Monastery was nationalized and turned into a museum. After the fall of the Socialist block Cistercian order  returned in 1991 and started to reconstruct their new home.


Postal Museum

Apr- Oct 9am- 12pm, 1pm- 5pm Tue- Sun

last admission 1 hour before closing

Postal Museum of Vyssi Brod Monastery is a modest collection of items that are relevant to post service in the region. Nevertheless some of the items on exhibition are interesting and well preserved despite numerous conflicts and wars that were waged in the region.