Zvikov castle is located in the South Bohemian Region of the Czech Republic, 15 km north of Pisek. It is one of the most important early Gothic castles in Czech. It is situated on the top of the hill at the joining of Vlatava and Otava rivers. It provides great view to the surrounding are. The castle was founded by King Wenceslas I in 1234, but the main construction was done by his son Premysl Otakar II when the palace was extended to the today’s ground plan.
At the end of 17th century the good years of this castle come to an end. The castle serves as a fortress and after the attack of the Swedes, it felt into disrepair. In 19 century when the castle was owned by Karel Schwarzenberg, extensive reconstruction was done. Late Gothic paintings were discovered, but the walls were in such bad condition that the New Gate collapsed and great part of the royal palace felt into the river in 1829. Fifty years after it was decided both the royal palace and the defensive system would be renovated again.
Today, Zvikov is a favorite tourist attraction. It’s open from May to October.