Silesia region of Poland has been renowned for ages for its natural geological wealth placed underground. As ecological revolution progresses more and more mines are being closed which opens marvellous opportunities for tourists. Thanks to this process we are able to show you two unusual places Guido Coal Mine in Zabrze, showing the history and various technologies used during coal mining production and historic Lead-Silver and Zinc Mine with its open air museum of mining in Tarnowskie Góry. Additional highlight of Tarnowskie Góry trip is the extraordinary underground cruise in Black Trout Drift. Take this one day tour from Cracow with ITS Poland to discover astonishing underground world.
Up to 30 days*
Pick up from your hotel in Cracow. Transfer to Zabrze to Guido Coal Mine. Sightseeing 2 levels of the mine (170 and 320 m underground) and lunch in the mine. Next, transfer to Tarnowskie Góry and sightseeing of the historic Silver Mine and underground cruise in Black Trout Drift. Return to Cracow and your hotel.
Guido coal mine is situated in Zawiercie at 93 3 Maja Street which is about 18 km from Katowice and 96 km from Kraków. In the mine tourists can visit 3 levels: 170 m below ground surface, 320 m and extreme trail 355 m underground. At 320 level we can also visit K8 zone with conference rooms, concert area and a pub. Most of the tourists visit 2 levels 170 and 320. Sightseeing of such trail takes about 3 h and is possible only with a guide. The mine was established in 1885 and currently it is only a museum. The rout pr...
The length of tourist trail is 1740 m and takes place 40 meters below ground surface. Part of the trail is also covered by boats (270 m), which is an additional mine attraction. The temperature in the mine is always 10 Celsius degrees so it is good to have something warm with you. Sightseeing takes about 90 minutes and you will need a guide. Above the mine there is also a museum and Steam Engine Open-air Museum. The museum uses more and more modern multimedia technologies to present mining topics so, it gets involving.
Black Trout Drift is located about 30 km from Katowice (45 minutes drive). This place is interesting for tourists as after closure of Tarnogorskie mines, there is an underground labyrinth of excavations, chambers, extraction galleries and draining drifts. The length of this complex is about 150 km. The part of it is actually our Black Trout Drift, opened for tourists in 1957. It is the longest underground Polish tourist trail that is covered by boats. It has 600 meters. The drift aim was to drain waters from the mine...
Tourguide, local museum guides
Guido coal mine (both available levels), Historic Silver Mine in Tarnowskie Góry, Black Trout Drift
Your hotel in Cracow
Your hotel in Cracow
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One day trip
Unfortunately, it is not.
No, the tourist rout is accessible for people with ordinary level of fitness. Still, it is good to have comfortable walking shoes.
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