Protivín (Czech pronunciation: [ˈprocɪviːn]) is a town in Písek District in the South Bohemian Region of the Czech Republic. It has about 4,800 inhabitants.
Villages of Chvaletice, Krč, Maletice, Milenovice, Myšenec, Protivín, Selibov, Těšínov and Záboří are administrative parts of Protivín.
The first written mention of Protivín is from 1282. It was founded in around 1260 as a village and fortress by a ford across the river Blanice.In the late 19th century Protivín developed, the prosperity however ended with the closure of the sugar factory and a wave of emigration, especially to Iowa in the United States, where the settlement named Protivin was founded by immigrants in 1872. In 1899, Protivín was promoted to a town.
The town is known for the Protivín Brewery, which produces a regional beer label Platan. It was founded in 1598.
There are three churches in the municipal territory. Church of Saint Elizabeth on the town square was built in 1662 in the early Baroque style. Church of Saint Gall in Myšenec is from the end of the 11th century and after several reconstructions it still retains its Gothic character. Church of Saint Wenceslaus in Krč was built in 1352.A Renaissance castle is located on the town square. It also includes a park with an area of 7.6 hectares (19 acres).The Crocodile Zoo Protivín was established in 2008 and is unique by breeding of all of Crocodilia species.There are several homesteads built in the folk baroque style.
Marta Krásová (1901–1970), operatic singer
Jiří Kolář (1914–2002), poet, writer, painter and translator