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Tarnowskie Góry Lead-Silver Mine

Tarnowskie Góry Lead-Silver Mine
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Tarnowskie Góry Lead-Silver-Zinc Mine and its Underground Water Management System is a historic mining landscape with mostly underground parts. Its hydraulic system for water supply is seen as innovative for its time.

Its massive lead-silver deposits became known in the late 15th century. Lead was used in the smelting of silver from New Spain. A second phase of production started in the late 18th century during the process of industrialization of Prussia.

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Nan Germany 09.07.17

Tarnowskie Góry Lead-Silver Mine by nan

After a stop over in Wroclaw at a friend's I was stuck with the question, what to visit on my trip towards Cracow. Seeing Tarnowskie was on the way and scheduled for the WHC 2017 I figured, I may as well go and see it.

Frankly, what I got to see didn't really impress me at the time. I didn't even bother to write up a review, feeling this would be in vain. Yeah, yet another mine! The only unique feature I found was the boat ride they have on a canal deep in the mine which makes for a pleasant excursion. The picture is rather dark, but that's what it looks like. Still, pleasant does not indicate OUV.

Getting There

Tarnowskie can be reached by train from Wroclaw and Krakow. It is also connected via bus to Katowice. Bear in mind, though, that the mining museum is still quite a long walk away from the town center and train station. On the other hand, the town center has some historic buildings worthwhile visiting, emphasis being on some. Best transport information (as for all of Poland) are found at

At the museum there are regular tours that you can join, mostly in Polish, though. Check the schedule on their website.

While You Are There

You are in the Silesia and Cracow hotspots. For nearby Katowice two prospective sites are mentioned in our forum: the Cathedral of Christ the King and Nikiszowiec, a coal miner city. Katowice itself isn't all that nice.

Jarek Pokrzywnicki Poland 02.05.17

Tarnowskie Góry Lead-Silver Mine by Jarek Pokrzywnicki

Some basic information and hints how to visit the site - possible inscription of 2017.

Whatever the final inscription will be the most impressing sites are the Historic Silver Mine (Zabytkowa Kopalnia Srebra) and Black Trout Adit (Sztolnia Czarnego Pstrąga) both located south of Tarnowskie Góry town in Silesia Voivodship (Southern Poland).

Due to working hours it is better to start visit form Historic Silver Mine (there are guided tours in English, German, Russian or Czech - at least in theory) ask at the main office. The whole trip takes around 1,5 - 2 hours. After visiting the mine you can also visit the nearby open-air museum of old mining machinery.

The trip to Black Trout Adi requires some kind of transportation as it is located around 5 km from the Mine (there is a good marked bicycle trail). There is an underground water tunnel with boat service (separate ticket is required, unfortunately there are no combined tickets). You can start your boat trip from any of two mining shafts (szyb Sylwester or szyb Ewa) - if the boats are not there you can walk in the park to the other side or wait until the boats arrive. The whole trip takes around 40 minutes including walking down and out the mine.

More info on website

Depending on what finally will be inscribed there are many other places in Tarnowskie Góry connected with mining - the whole Old Town (with many old houses - some of them belonging to old miners), old church, mining monuments, belfry. Other mining monuments are preserved in close vicinity of Historic Silver Mine - old mining shafts, huge slag heap (Hałda Popłuczkowa), former narrow-gauge railway.

For visiting all those sites propably one day will not be sufficient. If you want to see the most important sites opt for the mine itself and the Black Trout Adit - those two are must-see.

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Site Info

Full name: Tarnowskie Góry Lead-Silver Mine and its Underground Water Management System

Unesco ID: 1539

Inscribed: 2017

Type: Cultural

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Link: By Name By ID

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