Sluknov Travel Guide

  • Off The Beaten Path
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  • Off The Beaten Path
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  • Off The Beaten Path
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Sluknov Things to Do

  • Castle and garden

    The castle in Sluknov was built 1566-73 in Saxon Renaissance style. During that time Sluknov was property of Ernst von Schleinitz from one of the leading (and wealthiest) Saxon noble families. Later the property was sold to the Lobkowitz family and finally it fell to the Gallas - all of them leading Czech families.The ground floor has a very...

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  • Trinity column

    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...

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  • Way of the Cross

    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...

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Sluknov Restaurants

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    Café Dlask

    by german_eagle Written Oct 3, 2014

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    There is a café in the castle Sluknov which is a dependancy of cukrarna Dlask in nearby town Varnsdorf. We had an espresso lungo and a cappuccino, both pretty good. The (fancy) cakes are mostly heavy on cream and sugar, but a yoghurt-cream fruitcake with blueberries looked good and was fine. The canadian carrot cake that I had was yummy - highly recommended.

    Semi self service here, you order at the counter and take the plates with your cake, but the staff brings the coffee. Ambience is historic, in the vaults of the castle on the ground floor, but I found it to be a bit dark.

    The check was 134 CZK for everything, about 5 Euro - a steal!

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Sluknov Transportation

  • Driving

    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...

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  • Cycling

    Cycling to/around Sluknov is another option for transportation. Frankly, there are not too many cycling trail networks, mostly these trails are just marked roads, gravel roads or hiking trails that were there anyway. Hardly ever was a cycling trail recently built.In September 2014 I did a cycling trip to Sluknov, starting in the north on the German...

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  • Public transportation

    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.Update: The very...

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Sluknov Warnings and Dangers

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    Condition of cycling trails

    by german_eagle Written Oct 8, 2014

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    When cycling in the Sluknov area, better do not expect perfect cycling trail conditions. Mostly they are either busy main roads (which you have to share with lots of cars and trucks) or gravel roads that simply happen to be there and were marked as cycling trails.

    Another unpleasant option is that cycling trails are old roads, not used for traffic anymore. An example is the trail from Lobendava into Germany. Once, until 1945, it had been a busy road. But after the Germans were expelled the border was closed and the road not used anymore. Thus the present condition: cobblestones mostly, partially gravel, some asphalt patches. Almost impossible to cycle there! Fortunately I have a mountain bike, so I managed ... and I was very glad I finally arrived at the border and crossed into Germany where I found that perfect cycling trail (pic 5).

    (gravel road) cycling trail near Sluknov Lobendava cycling trail Lobendava cycling trail Lobendava cycling trail Lobendava cycling trail - CZ/German border
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Sluknov What to Pack

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    Information Centre

    by german_eagle Written Jun 28, 2012

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    Miscellaneous: 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.

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Sluknov Off The Beaten Path

  • Lobendava

    If you want to see how rural Czech Republic really looks - not the polished touristy places - then visit one of the small towns/villages around Sluknov. Lobendava is a good example. It is located in the northwesternmost corner of the Sluknov area. About 330 people live there. The place was inhabited by Germans for about 1,000 years until they were...

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  • Vilemov - Pilgrims' church etc.

    Vilemov is a small town with a pop. of about 1,000 that is located a few km west of Sluknov. It's a short train or bus ride away.Vilemov has a Baroque pilgrims' church (pic 1) that was built 1726 - 31, commissioned by Graf von Salm-Reifferscheidt (the local patron) next to a spring that was said to have healing water (especially for the eyes). The...

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  • Javorova Brana

    ... means "maple tree gateway". Two probably man planted Norwegian maple trees grew together higher up forming a gateway. Quite unique, I don't know any other example of this. Location is on the main road in Ruzova, a small fraction of Sluknov right on the border to Sohland/Germany. The trees are about 120 years old and have a height of 20 m. These...

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