Multimedia history lesson
Your touring starts inside the pithead building, which hosts a modern educational centre to spread knowledge on silver, lead and zinc ore mining in Tarnowskie Góry. Here you can learn about metal mining methods and underground drainage methods. Tourists’ eyes are attracted to a special installation which illustrates operations of the first steam engine in Upper Silesia, brought to the town in late 1700s. An extraordinary touring climate is provided by an atmospheric illumination. Strolling around with a guide, tourists take a look at old tools, a washer, lamps used underground, output transport buckets, and even a mining portable toilet.
Masterpiece of underground mining engineering
Once the visit to the Mining Museum is over, tourists take helmets, get on a mine elevator and through the Angel mine shaft go down 40.5 m. Here their extraordinary underground journey begins, along corridors inscribed in July 2017 on the UNESCO World Heritage List. On their tour tourists can see mine faces cut in the rock, transport galleries and huge chambers dating back to the turn of the 19th century. This labyrinth of corridors, of which the lowest is only ca. 140 cm high, is the relic of the Friedrich King’s Ore Mine which operated until 1913. Visitors get access only to a small part of the huge complex, created from 1784 onward. The tourist route is 1740 m long and connects three former mine shafts: Angel, Viper and God Bless. Severe underground conditions, characterized by low temperature and high humidity, allow everyone to feel the atmosphere of the miners’ work all those years ago. To further add to the touring climate, there are many sound effects underground. And so you can hear, from a distance, sounds of
free miners’ hard work, a mine collapse, minecarts on the move and blasting.
One of the biggest attractions of the route is the flow of boats. They run between two marinas located at the God Bless and Viper shafts. Traveling with the old drainage tunnel is an unforgettable experience for the guests of the mine.