Vodní hrad Švihov

From Wikipedia: The Švihov Castle (Czech: hrad Švihov; German: Schwihau) is a Gothic water castle in Švihov in the Plzeň Region of the Czech Republic.

Švihov Castle was built by the Rýzmberk of Skála noble family. It was besieged by the Hussites during Hussite Wars, the garrison surrendered after their water moats were siphoned. It was rebuilt between 1480 and 1489 by the order of the castle’s owner, Půta Švihovský of Rýzmberk, in the late Gothic style. His sons continued in rebuilding the castle after he died and invited a famous architect Benedikt Rejt.

The castle is administered by the National Monument Institute in České Budějovice and, among other things, serves as a cultural center. Weddings, exhibitions, balls or concerts are held here. It is also popular with filmmakers. In 1973, for example, the fairy tale Three Nuts for Cinderella was filmed here.

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