The Cistercian monastery in Zlatá Koruna is today considered one of the most valuable complexes of Gothic architecture in Central Europe.

What you can see here

For the most part, the Monastery comprises medieval buildings (church, ambit, chapter house, Chapel of the Guardian Angels, abbey), some of which are Baroque.

The Monastery currently offers three guided tours that will introduce visitors to the monastic life of the local monks. The Monastery hosts many cultural events (concerts, theatre, exhibitions, etc.). The premises can also be rented for various events (weddings, banquets). There is also a branch of the South Bohemian Research Library with a department of manuscripts and old prints.

There is wheelchair access to the monastery grounds. It offers a wheelchair-accessible tour route (former monastery + church), which includes the most important interiors and expositions of the Monastery. There is a wheelchair accessible toilet in the building.

From its history

According to legend, the Monastery was founded by Přemysl Otakar II out of pious motives. Before the crucial battle of Kressenbrunn in 1260 against King Béla IV of Hungary, the king made a pious promise to have a monastery founded in return for his victory. After the victorious battle, he kept his word. However, the reasons for founding the Monastery were also political. The new Monastery was to prevent the possible expansion of the Vítkov family, who owned nearby Český Krumlov.


  • guided tours
  • barrier-free
  • credit/debit cards
  • conference rooms
  • school programmes

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