Ruins of Orlík Castle
When he was only 16 years old he started a brilliant military career, first in the personal guard of the Austrian Emperor, then four years later he was already a colonel and very soon a marshal and the commander-in-chief of anti-Napoleon troops. His 237,000 men then definitively crushed the French army of the Emperor Napoleon in the Battle of Nations at Leipzig in 1813.
A wooden castle like an eagle’s nest was built on a steep rock above the Vltava River in the 13th century and in later centuries it gained the appearance of a stone Gothic castle for the royal garrison. However, the rock and the settlement below the castle were swallowed up by a dam in the 20th century, but the impressive appearance and the ancient name Orlík (Small Eagle) were preserved.