Bítov Castle is one of the most romantic and oldest castles in the Czech Republic which is mentioned since 11th century. You can find it at the confluence of Dyje and Želetavka rivers in the region of South Moravia.
This castle made of stone (but previously of wood) was rebuilt in the 13th century in the Gothic style. It was a part of the fortress line of royal castles protecting the south border of the country. The castle was founded by the Přemyslid family and owned by it until they died out in 1306. Since that time the castle has got a number of various noble owners.
Bítov castle gained its nowadays form at the beginning of the 19th century, when it was rebuilt in the Romantic style, with rich decorations.
In the 19th century there was established a zoological collection, which was extended later. Very famous is the collection of cca 50 stuffed dogs (the largest collection of this kind in the world).
In the first half of the 20th century the local zoological collection was one of the largest private gardens in Europe.