Zvíkov known as "the king of Czech castles", is
a castle located at the junction of the Vltava and Otava rivers,
some 15 km north of Písek, in the South Bohemian Region,
Czech Republic. It is placed on a steep promontory above the confluence
of rivers Vltava and Otava.
The castle is one of the most important early-Gothic castles in
Czech lands. The current castle was built in the first half of the
13th century. The first written mention of the castle comes from
year 1234 and owned by the Kings of Bohemia.
The castle has its own ghost, Zvíkov's imp, and had inspired
several painters and writers like the theatrical comedy Zvíkovský
raráek by Ladislav Stroupenický. Today,
Zvíkov (opened from Spring to Autumn) is hiking attraction
and serves as a place of art exhibitions and stage plays.