Silesia explorer

Blog about tourist places, travelling in Upper Silesia, Poland

Coal mine in Zabrze. Mine – an attribute of Silesia


Coal is the product, which made Silesia rich one day. Now a lot of coal mines are closed, and visitors can go to guided trip down to see what it is about – production and output of coal.

Mine calls Guido in honor of the founder of the mine. It is situated in Zabrze – town in Silesian agglomeration, close to Gliwice. Web-site. Address.

8 persons stay in narrow elavator, feeling breath of neighbor person, in full darkness, hearing rumble of metal construction.

Welcome to hell!!

Horrible experience! As former volunteers told in their blog: “I don’t want to die here, please”.

We took this terrifying elevator several times. First part of excursion is on level 170 m below. Second – 320 m!

Remember these brave faces:

Guide talked to us not in Polish,but in Silesian language. He is former miner. All the time he told jokes, during tour jokes started to be more and more open and dirty.

First part of tour is quite safe and boring, connected to history of mine, technology of output of coal, working instruments and conditions.

We got to know that horses were working, living, eating and dying in mine. All life in darkness.

       

But the second part of tour – by your own eyes you can observe how enourmous mining machines work. Machine is 10 times larger than person. We saw long working conveyors.

We walked with bended back along short and narrow corridors.

Also we met Skarbnik. Skarbnik is the ghost, living in mine (actually in each mine). If miner behaves well, works silently and respects nature, Skarbnik shows to miner treasures. If not – it’s better not to behave bad.

Mystery is everywhere in dangerous conditions of work. St. Barbara is the patron of miners.

As for me 3-hours excursion was really tiring. After it I came back home and just sleep for several hours in day time. Maybe, the speed of elevator was very high, what causes pressure jump, or we were really deep, or it doesn’t have enough oxygen, but a lot of coal dust. Anyway, this museum is worth to visit, and take care about yourself.

It was our second mine with Maria, we were before in Silver mine in Tarnowskie Gory. First mine impressed us more – because it was simply the first. Mines are different. I can not advise where you had better visit. Both of them are life-long memories.

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Tyskie brewery. 6 PLN: glass of beer + souvenir beer glass + 2 hours guided tour through facotry


That is time to write about my the most relaxing sightseeing in Silesia.

All visits to tourists objects I do in my working time as volunteer of NGO. I like my job. I work hard.

If you have ever been in Poland – you know this picture:

Museum is the part of Silesian Industrial Monuments Route, as Silver Mine in Tarnowskie Gory, Gallery Szyb Wilson in Katowice, Museum of matches in Czestochowa.

So, what does my recent job include?

First we called 1,5 week in advance to brewery to book suitable time for guided tour. On web-site there is information that the trip could be in Polish, English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Czech, Russian and in the Silesian dialect. We chose English.

I went by bus to Tychy – avarage-size city between Katowice and Bielsko-Biala, famous because of beer brand “Tyskie”, which translates from Polish “from Tychy”. Buses of KZK GOP public transport N 688, 788, Tychy public transport system bus N 1, 4. Check address.

Even if you go with closed eyes, you have no chance to miss this object – stong smell of mix of bread and … how to say … will show you the way to brewery and will not leave you all 2,5 hours)))

This brewery in Tychy is the biggest in Europe (not taking into consideration one in Russia). Big thing!

Sightseeing tour starts in museum part, which is situated just in the territory of factory. Museum is one room, tightly packed with multimedia devices.

Entrance to the museum:

First guide told us about what is beer itself: about 3 main components of beer:

I saw old bottles and glasses, historical logos of brands. As person with business management education I was interested in watching commercials of Tyskie brand.

3-D movie (not perfect quality, but OK) is also included. Promotion, promotion, promotion…

The biggest accent here is made on long history of brewery. It was established in 1629.

Attractions (I want to say “like for children”, but not – people under 18 are not allowed to visit museum) are provided, like taking of photo of you with Tyskie logo in huge barrel roll and send it immediatelly to e-mail. Funny))

This museum will entertain you as much as possible, guide will smile. And for sure you will mention the difference between state-owned museums and private business (actually the second largest beer corporation in the world) museum. Definitely fruitfull comparing experience.

Tour in part of real factory starts from old architectural buildings.

… where inside the first stage of brewing process is making. Here I got the answer to my old question: how does beer could be alcohol-free?

Later we were walking outside through territory of factory.

Also we were in production department, where it is prohibited to make photos – corporate secret. We saw real production lines, were bottles are running one by one, making big noise. Visitors walk in balcony and look down at production process and workers. Kind of zoo. I enjoy it.

And finally, tired of making pictures and asking questions, you come back to museum building, where in underground pub the glass of cold beer is waiting for you.

My presents:

What is marvelous in drinking 0,5 l of ordinary beer in ordinary pub? Nothing. But only not when you understand that this beer was produces by intellectual work of hundreds of people, and physical work of thousands of people. It is like to open Kinder Surprise – something is inside. And now you know what it is. Small beery magic.

So if one day you will be worker of corporation, who makes decision – establish such tours in your production. People are interested how do products appear in shelves of supermarket. To touch the history of ordinary stuff – it’s going to be modern fairly tale.

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Zabytkowa Kopalnia Srebra—Tarnowske Góry


SILVER MINE AND MUSEUM

One of the biggest attractions in Tarnowskie Góry.

Situated in 81 Szczęść Boże Street. Check the map here

  • Access by bus from Tarnowskie Góry Bus Station; lines 151, 734, 735; Kopalnia Zabytkowa bus stop.
  • Access by bus from Katowice Stawowa; line 820; Tarnowskie Góry dworzec PKP bus stop.
  • Normal ticket price: 27,00 zł/pers. It´s depend of age, group and guide tour. There is a possibility of foreign language touring (English, German, Russian, Czech).
  • Open: Every day from 9.00 a.m. till 3.00 p.m. In June, July and August on Saturdays and Sundays from 9.00 a.m. till 5 p.m.

Open to visitors since 1976.

The first part of this museum is on a building where through models show how it is the mine in reality and the different instruments that the miners used while working. You can use computer inside this building and get more information about this mine.You can find it in differents languages. It is also projected a funny documentary of this region.

After visiting the exhibition, tourists must put a helmet and go down into the mine by means of the original miner´s lift. The underground of the ancient ore mines dating back to 16th-19th century.  Inside there is a constant temperature of about 10ºC, provided with electric lighting, has been adapted to the visits of disabled persons. It is cold! So wear warm clothes and be ready. It takes about 1.5 hours to visit the mine with a guide. The underground tourist trail, at a depth of about 40 m, has the length of 1740 m and 270 m is to be crossed by boats. Each boats have the capacity for almost 30 people.

Outside on the surface in the area surrounding the mine, an outdoor Museum of Steam Machines has been organized. Among the 31 exhibits the most numerous group is formed by narrow-gauge railway engines from the beginning of 20 th century. Also presented are hoisting machines and other equipment once powered by steam.

If you are hungry or you want to buy some souvenirs you can find it as well.

More information: click this link

DON´T LOST THIS OPPORTUNITY… YOU WILL FEEL LIKE A MINER

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