Katowice

Guido Mineshaft

Although it’s the Queen Lousie Mine that tends to hog the limelight, a visit to the Guido shaft is by no means a poor man's substitute. Constructed in 1855 the Guido experience allows hard-hatted visitors to plunge an initial 170 metres below ground while they learn about the world of coal extraction. Descent is via one of those scary-looking cages and from there it's non-stop action as visitors view numerous tunnels and shafts that have been recreated to look just like they did at the height of the industrial revolution. Important to note, but there are 3 tour options, each descending deeper into the mine and with more protective gear required (included in the price, all detailed below).The full immersion experience is helped by staged exhibits, like horses pulling coal-laden carts and a Jesus look-alike puffing away on a pipe. Along the way are numerous pieces of clunky, rusty machinery, including drainage pumps from 1914 and various drilling equipment that looks like it could have played a part in that hangover you had on New Years’ Day. This is a full-on interactive masterpiece that doesn’t just settle for displays of Davy Lamps and long-since-dead equipment. Of course it does that, but it also goes further with a separate ‘art floor’ consisting of multimedia exhibits and cinematic presentations, as well as sound effects during the tour that include braying horses and equipment going 'kerchung, kerchung.' The descent continues to -320m where you can travel by the wuppertale suspension railway, visit the underground Pub in the Pump Hall (separate 10zł ticket) or maybe even see a concert, exhibition or another cultural event of some wort which are often held here. All visits to Guido are conducted with a tour guide; a normal ticket costs 45zł for Polish speaking guide, but for English, it's 90zł. If you would like to take that tour in any other language you'll pay 45zł ticket fee and an additional 210zł group fee for translator. Your call; either way, you must book your tour in advance by phone daily 08:30-19:30. To get to the mine from the centre of Zabrze take regular buses 7, 23, 47, 111, 198 or 199, getting off at the 'Guido Kopalnia Zabytkowa' stop; the trip takes ten minutes.

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Open 08:30-19:30.

Please call in advance.

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Guido Shaft (170m and 320m below the surface): Tue-Sun: 45zł (normal), 40zł (reduced) The Dark (355m below the surface): Tue-Sun: 55zł (normal) Shift (355m below the surface): Tue-Sun: 99zł (normal) Pub Visit 10zł

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