The Vltava river winds its way through the picturesque foothills of the Šumava mountains. At its southernmost end, close to the Austrian border, lies the town of Vyšší Brod. As the name which means “higher ford” indicates, its history is inextricably linked with the river. The Cistercian order came to this part of the country from nearby Austria at the invitation of the local aristocratic family of Rožmberks.

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