The Convent (basic tour)

The main sightseeing tour takes visitors to the High Baroque Convent, a former residential building for Plasy’s monks. A presentation of the monastery’s historical development is accompanied by information on the special design of the building’s foundations and the water and air systems.

Together with the church, the monks’ residence formed the heart of the monastery complex and was a part of the enclosure. Throughout its history the convent has undergone several reconstructions. The last major rebuilding took place in the Baroque period, when the older convent completely made way for a new building which has survived to the present day. Its architect was Jan Blažej Santini Aichel. He had the building constructed upon foundations of 5,100 oak piles, which have been solidifying the local marshy ground ever since.

During the tour, we pass through a cloister hallway decorated with Baroque frescoes by the painters Jakub Antonín Pink, František Antonín Müller and Josef Kramolín. We will also see artwork by the painter Kryštof Liška or the sculptor Matyáš Bernard Braun. We will take you to the meditation chapel of St. Bernard, the Capitular Hall, and visit the hospital wing with a display of pharmacies and unique Baroque toilets that are flushed by the Střela River. We will also view the library hall, the abbot’s study, the former reading room and the winter refectory. The commentary includes information on the sophisticated technical design of the foundations of the convent building, which was built "on water". Throughout the tour, you will be able to admire Santini's breath taking architecture, such as the self-supporting spiral staircases as well as a range of ubiquitous details.

The sightseeing tour is led by a guide and presentation is usually in Czech. However, you can borrow texts with information in German, English, French, Dutch or Russian. Guided tours in foreign languages (EN, GE) can be arranged after prior order.

Basic information

  • duration 55 minutes
  • max. 45 people

Opening hours

Period Days Hours
29. 10.–27. 3. closed
28. 3.–24. 5. closed
25. 5. Mon 10.00–16.00
26. 5.–29. 6. Tue–Sun 10.00–16.00
30. 6.–31. 8. Tue–Sun 9.00–17.00
6. 7. Mon 9.00–17.00
1. 9.–30. 9. Tue–Sun 10.00–16.00
28. 9. Mon 10.00–16.00
1. 10.–1. 11. Sat–Sun 10.00–16.00
28. 10. Wed 10.00–16.00
2. 11.–31. 12. closed

Admission

Czech guide tour

  • Full 130 CZK
  • Children 0-6 years free
  • Youth 6-18 years 90 CZK
  • Family (2 full + 1-3 kids up to 15 years) 340 CZK
  • Seniors 65+ 90 CZK
  • ISIC or EYCA Cards 90 CZK
  • ZTP, ZTP/P Cards free
  • ZTP/P Guide free
  • ICOMOS Card, National Museum and Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic Cards free
  • Journalist with press accreditation free
  • Free single or family NPÚ tickets free
  • Group ICOMOS, ZTP, ZTP/P, NM and MK, with reservation 20 CZK/p

Foreign-language tour

  • Full 200 CZK
  • Children 0-6 years free
  • Youth 6-18 years 140 CZK
  • Family (2 full + 1-3 kids up to 15 years) 530 CZK
  • Seniors 65+ 140 CZK
  • ISIC or EYCA Cards 140 CZK
  • ZTP, ZTP/P Cards free
  • ZTP/P Guide free
  • ICOMOS Card, National Museum and Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic Cards free
  • Journalist with press accreditation free
  • Free single or family NPÚ tickets free
  • Group ICOMOS, ZTP, ZTP/P, NM and MK, with reservation 20 CZK/p

Foreign language tours offered in English

reservation needed for groups only