The most impressive sight on the market square is IMO the Trinity column. It is in the northern half, surrounded by a small garden and somewhat hidden behind trees, so you might miss it when just driving by. The column was erected in 1752. It is a work of Josef Klein, court sculptor in Prague.The total height is 8.80 m. The three sculptures depict...more
The region around Sluknov has an amazing number of those "Ways of the Cross" - all in all 14 were built, after 1945 a few of them were destroyed but after 1989 at least the remaining ones were restored.The one in Sluknov was the first that was built: 1738 - 56 the stations I-XI and XIII were erected plus the Crucifixus (XII), the chapel of the Holy...more
Well worth to see is the catholic parish church, located only a few steps north of the market square (and visible from there, so you cannot miss it.) The church is dedicated to St. Vitus.A fire destroyed the previous church at this place. From 1711 - 22 the present church was erected according to plans by Viennese court architect J. L. von...more
Getting to Sluknov by car is not much more convenient than taking the train or bus. The town is located quite far from any bigger city of significance in the Czech Republic. Best maintained and fastest are the roads from Germany: Dresden - Bautzen on the motorway A4, then south to Sohland where you cross the border and are almost in Sluknov. Or...more
Sluknov is on the minor railway route Decin - Rumburk - Dolni Poustevna. Unfortunately the trains are running every two hours only, the cars are quite old and inconvenient. Still, it's doable - Hop off the international train in Decin (route Prague - Dresden - Berlin) and take the regional train to Sluknov - takes almost two hours.Another option is...more
There is an information centre for the region in the castle, open daily 9 am - 5 pm / lunch break on Sat/Sun 12 - 12.30 h. Actually, I think it is the one providing the best information in the (Czech) region. Unfortunately for the VT traveller most of the brochures are in Czech, less are in German, and almost none are in English. So, some knowledge of German language might help.
You can still grab free maps which are somewhat helpful. More detailed maps cost some money (inexpensive). There is also an internet station available for a little fee.
Quite a number of old houses are preserved in Sluknov. Many of them are in the typical style of the rural architecture in this region (Czech Republic, Germany, Poland) which is called "Umgebinde houses". They are made of logs on the ground floor (plus a room of stone), a frame of beams on the outside of the log cabin carries the upper floor (which...more
A very impressive building is the former school for weavers (dominating economy in the region back then), erected 1884. Nowadays it is home of the School of Forestry. For the needs of the school an arboretum was created near Sluknov in 1958.In front of the school building is a monument for Tomas Garrigue Masaryk, founder of the Czech...more
The dominating building at the main square/corner T.G.Masaryka street is the "house of culture", a very nice example of Czech Art Nouveau. It was erected 1901 - 06, originally for the local savings bank. Thus also a statue "Frugality" on the facade (corner). The interior is well preserved and restored while the facade looks somewhat shabby.On the...more