Vítkov is an ancient city with a history dating back to the Middle Ages and is closely linked with Vikštejn Castle. It was promoted to the status of a city in 1523 by King Ludwig Jagiellon, thus helping develop its trade activity and linen-draper craft.
By the early 19th century, the city was home to almost forty masters in the art of weaving. This heralded the establishment of the first textile factories. In the mid-19th century, the Viennese company, Imlauer, established a silk mill here that produced scarves and damask cloth. A few years later, there were approximately four hundred people in Vítkov making their living by manufacturing silk.
A dominant landmark of the city is the Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, and visitors can stroll in the municipal park. One of the most distinctive statues in Vítkov is the bronze statue of Jesus Christ at the local church. The tombstone of Jan Zajíc recalls modern history. Jan Zajíc was a young man born in Vítkov, who self-immolated in 1969 on Saint Wenceslaus Square in Prague in protest against the occupation of Czechoslovakia by Warsaw Pact troops. The tombstone is the work of Olbram Zoubek.
From Vítkov, you can set out for Vikštejn Castle and continue in your discovery of the local region by exploring the canyon of the Moravice River.