Castle above the confluence of the Vltava and Otava rivers
Zvíkov Castle can be found in a very tactical place, on a rocky promontory above the confluence of the Vltava and Otava rivers. It is now part of the Orlická dam. The castle has an interesting history, it was founded by the famous King Přemysl Otakar I. Now it is a very popular monument with a typical tower in a really beautiful place
The first look at Zvíkov
If you want to visit Zvíkov Castle, you must first get to the town of Zvíkovské Podhradí, located at the crossroads of a second-class road. The nearest larger town is Písek. After passing the town, you will reach a large paid parking lot, from where it is about half a kilometer along the asphalt road to the castle gate. The first view is of the typical castle tower – Hláska
View from the promontory to Orlík and Zvíkov
In the places where the blue hiking trail joins, climb the rocky promontory and enjoy the views not only of the Orlík dam, but also of the castle from a slightly different angle. Then go through the gate inside the castle
In the courtyard of the castle Zvíkov
After passing through the Písek Gate you will reach the grassy courtyard. The Hláska tower stands directly in front of you. The castle core with arcades is charged
In Zvíkov Castle
The castle is much larger than it seems from a distance. In addition, there are several views of the Orlická dam. As with all castles, it is good to be open or late in the afternoon, when there are no crowds of other visitors
View of the Otava
Otava might seem like a good river from Zvíkov, but it is of course due to the fact that we are still on the Orlická dam and the water level is really significantly higher than in the old days.
If you run down the whole area of the castle, you will get directly to the confluence of the Otava and Vltava rivers. There is a dock on the boat line, which you can take to the castle Orlík
The most beautiful view is on the other side of the river, where there are picturesque rocks belonging to the natural monument Kopanina
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