Štekrův Mlýn and Loket Castle
One of the lesser-known tourist spots near Františkovy Lázně in the West Bohemian Region is Štekrův Mlýn. There are a guesthouse with a restaurant, horse farm and horse riding lessons. Today's building stands on the site of an original mill, which was built in 1540. In the 1960s was built new building, which is still a popular cruise spot with a sought-after restaurant.
Much more famous is the nearby Loket Castle. Loket (German Elbogen) towers above the river Ohře in the protected landscape area of the Slavkov Forest. Gothic-Romanesque Loket Castle was founded in the first half of the 13th century. The castle served the kings, several generations of the Šliky, the lords of Plavno, the town burghers, and in the 19th and 20th centuries also as a prison. After 1989, the castle was open to the public; the current sightseeing route runs through porcelain expositions, the collections of the former town museum, the museum of weapons, and the premises of a former prison where there is now an authentic exhibition of torture.