The royal castle of Zvíkov near to small town Zvíkovské Podhradí was probably built by the czech king Přemysl Otakar II in the 13th century. Zvíkov castle is standing on the rock cliffs high above the romantic landscape and confluence of the rivers Vltava and Otava.
Through time the castle was adjusted and reconstructed many times and by many owners. Charles IV. placed it on a list of royal castles. The castle already in 18 century became desolate. Fortunately it was reconstructed and received it's clock back by the Schwarzenberg family during the 19th century.
The castle complex has the oldest preserved structure which is a prismatic tower, the so called Hlízova tower. There is the Crown Hall which used to serve as a safe-guarding place for the crown jewels. Hlíza tower is a unique construction in Bohemia due to its form. The St. Wenceslas Chapel is another most valuable part of Zvíkov castle. It still has the same look as during the 13th century under Přemysl Otakar II.
You may enter Zvikov castle from the banks of the Otava river and from Zvíkovské podhradí/Otava Bridge and continue along the green trail to the castle or you may also enter from the ferry service at Orlicka dam.
More about ferry service (only in Czech)
between Zvikov and Orlik castle and others.
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Address: Zvikov castle,
398 18 Zvíkovské Podhradí.
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