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Zamek Orlik, Orlik nad Vltavou

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Orlík Castle is a chateâu located 500 m northeast of the village of Orlík nad Vltavou, in the northern part of the District of Písek, in the South Bohemia Region of the Czech Republic. The original position of the chateâu, on a rock 60 m above the Vltava valley, was altered by the creation of the Orlík reservoir in 1954-62, and the chateâu is now barely a few metres above the water level.The meaning of the name Orlík stems from the word "young eagle". It is often suggested that this castle would have resembled an eagle or nest perched upon the rocky outcrop above a turn in the River.HistoryOrlík was established as a royal castle beside a ford across the River Vltava in the second half of the 13th century, probably by Přemysl Otakar II, although in the Middle Ages it came into the hands of noble families and its ownership changed many times. From 1408 the Zmrzlík of Svojšín family owned it, and during their time the Hussite Captain Jan Žižka of Trocnov stayed in the castle. In 1508 the castle burned down, and was rebuilt as a Renaissance chateâu by the new owners, the Lords of Švamberk. In 1623 the Eggenbergs acquired Orlík, and in 1717 it was inherited by the Schwarzenbergs. At the beginning of the 19th century it became their main residence. In 1802 the chateâu was burned out, and during the subsequent repairs a fourth storey was added to the building. The most famous member of the family was Field Marshal Karl Philipp, Prince of Schwarzenberg, who was victorious over Napoleon in the Battle of Leipzig in 1813. The current Romantic Gothic appearance dates from 1849 to 1860, when partial remodelling in this style was carried out according to plans by Bernard Gruber. The Early Gothic style castle of Orlík was confiscated by the Communist Regime after 1948, but in 1990s was reverted to the Schwarzenbergs.
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  • On the way from Prague to Cesky Krumlov we stopped at Castle Orlik. The castle belongs to the famous family of the Schwarzenbergs. The castle was rebuilt several times. Is located on the banks of the Vltava River and is reminiscent of the Eagle's nest. In the Castle you can see interesting composition exhibits and a huge collection of weapons. The corridor is hanged all over trophies. Peacocks roam the Castle.
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  • I have seen many castles, and in my opinion this is the best one. It has been lived in until quite recently and is fully fitted out. The interior is incredible and far more impressive than the interio...  more »
  • Beautiful all White Castle that dominates the Lake to the Orlik dam. Must visit site nice and green... Place of walks and outdoor
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  • Gorgeous spot. Maybe some info in other languages is nice to consider, par example for the boat trip. Never the less, it's an absolute must see when you're in the area!
  • Beautiful castle above the dam. Inside the exhibit, which stands watch. A large park with a nearby tomb for a pleasant stroll.
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  • A beautiful castle, a tour with a guide a very pleasant, far from being boring, I recommend.
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  • A very nice place. :)
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