Sluknov in the Czech-Saxon Sudetenland

Aleta Fimbres 07/11/2009

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Looking for a relaxing time in the historic heart of Europe?

There is this wonderful place in the far Northwestern corner of the Czech Republic, in a part of the forgotten Sudetenland, the quaint little town of Sluknov, or as the formerly German population called it; Schluckenau.

One visit and you’ll see why Czech President Vaclav Klaus was hesitant to sign the Lisbon Treaty, the town and surrounding landscape are so beautiful, why wouldn’t the Sudeten Germans want it back?

Sluknov is a formerly booming town with a rich history, beautiful natural surroundings, a mountain air climate, and many hiking and biking trails, located on the drive from Prague to Dresden. It is the perfect place for relaxing on vacation, with year-round sporting and recreation opportunities making it the perfect place to hold your corporate retreats, training seminars, wedding parties, family reunions, etc.


While Slunkov is the heart of the Czech-Saxon alpine foothills, the Erlec Hotel is the heart of Sluknov, located in the center of the town right across the street from very old Saint Wenceslas Church and very near the historic Sluknov Castle.

This cozy hotel offers affordable accommodations, with ten guest rooms, all with full bathrooms. They have single, double and triple rooms, all equipped with stylish furniture, TV, and Internet Wi-fi.

Hitler in Sluknov A holiday to picturesque Germany or Poland offers many interesting excursions during your visit as well, the Northern area where Poland, Czech Republic and Germany meet is one of them, and even after 60 years, this forgotten land still charms. After W.W. II all non-Czech inhabitants were expelled from the land, meaning factories and shops were left behind, barren until the current rejuvenation projects got underway. Thanks to a handful of visionary business investors, this hidden treasure enjoyed by Europe‘s most hip and saavy travellers is enjoying a mini-renaissance.

Downstairs is the restaurant called the Sluk Bar, which aside from drinks and great food has a pool table, darts, music television and the friendliest house cat you’ll every meet; lil’ Sluk! For those looking to keep in shape, they also have a small fitness equipment area on the ground floor to work off the delicious food.

In addition to the outdoor seating with a firepit and a children’s play area, you can also enjoy use of the private bar-club on the first floor with a capacity of 25 people.

And how’s the food? Delicious! They offer breakfast buffet style, but the specialty of the house is Bohemian beef. The kitchen serves up succulent domestic organic beef, offering a set menu together with the specialty of the day.

If you looking for a great stop over on your travels around romantic Central Europe or just a quick getaway from the big cities of Berlin or Prague (bus from Prague just about 100kc!), come and discover the beauties of what’s known as the Czech-Saxon Switzerland. A green treasure to be discovered by foot, bus or bikes that can be rented in the hotel, let your stresses melt away in the beauty of the Bohemian countryside.

Hotel Erlec, 649 Farni Sluknov, Czech Republic, for more information about Sluknov and the Hotel Erlec, visit for reservations, call Joe at +420 723403344 or email You won’t be disappointed!

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