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Zamek Orlik, Orlik nad Vltavou

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4.9/5 based on 15+ reviews on the web
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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  • Nice Castle, beautiful views. :) Well worth a visit. Just watch out for the local Castle restaurant, strongly do not recommend.
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  • For me it is one of the most beautiful Orlík holiday places that I've visited with us. Although the exterior of the people about the power is delivered, it is better to experience tours of the Castle. The first positive part was the elderly lady attendant, giving their own interpretation to me but to the entire environment fit, full tour ozvláštnila, and I'm sure I won't forget so soon on it:-). On the contrary, Ms. cash could be more of the smile, we rather feel that his visit it to bother you. It was the only negative thing about the entire visit. A tour of the rooms was a unique experience. Furniture imported from France is really wonderful, and the icing on the cake was the charming views of the surrounding Lake. I'm sure I'll visit this place again.
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  • The castle is located above the Vltava river which gives you a great overview. around the there are beautiful and large gardens with activities for kids. The entrance is by guided tours, sometime ther...  read more »
  • A very nice place. :)
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  • Super service, everything perfectly!
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  • It's a beautiful castle with a great guided tour. Everything is financed by the owner of the Castle, a genus of Schwarzenbergů, led by Karel Schwarzenberg on the seventh. Viva him Eternal fame.
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  • Wonderful place.
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  • A beautiful place. Was in February Castle in winter is not heated. Peacocks strolling in the Park straight on snow)))
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