Katowice

Queen Louise Adit

The Queen Louise (Królowa Luiza) Mine opened for business in 1791, one year after Salomon Izaak first discovered coal below the ground. One of the oldest mines in the region, your visit starts off at ground level where you’ll find chunky pieces of machinery, pistons, dials, pipes, photo displays and other industrial detritus clustered around the old ‘Karnell’ shaft. Pride of place goes to a steam-powered hoist that made its debut in 1915 to a design born in Duelmen, Germany; such was the quality of the workmanship that it continued to be used until 1990. Every bit as impressive is the 30 metre hoist next to it; open to visitors, sweeping views of the city can be had from the top. Other points of interest include machinery salvaged from now-defunct mines, an underground machine park, and a monument honouring miners from 1850.

The underground sections are split into three levels for visitors, the first of which is a boat trip along an underground river spanning 1130m, while a guide explains the history and culture of the mine. At the 2nd level, 40m below ground, you are shown the technologies used for mining over the last 200 years, right up to the huge machinery of the 21st century. The third and final level is family orientated, specifically for kids, with multimedia elements teaching the history of the mine and the people who worked there.

Tours in English are available for an additional cost of 105zł, but you must book in advance via their website or by phone.

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Open 08:30-17:30.

Price/Additional Info

Tourist Water Trail 60/40zł. Tourist Trail 45zł/35zł. Underground Treasures 35zł/25zł.

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