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Guido Mine - the historic Coal Mine located in Zabrze received a mining license on October 2, 1855, and the deposits were exploited there from 1871 to 1928.
After the end of World War II, the Guido Mine became part Makoszowy mine, and since 1967, part of the mine's excavations have been allocated to the M-300 Experimental Coal Mine.
The Guido Mine was entered in the register of immovable monuments of the Śląskie Voivodeship, and some excavations were made available for sightseeing as underground tourist routes. Today the Guido Mine is part of Museum of Coal Mining in Zabrze.
The mining grant was issued to the count Guido Henckel von Donnersmarck and from his name the Guido Mine took its name. Barbara was the first to be drilled in the mine, and then Concordia shafts (later called the Guido shaft), in which the first mining level was established - 80 m. Work on drilling both shafts of the Guido Mine encountered numerous difficulties.
Hard coal mining at the Guido Mine was extracted using an extract from steam engine.
Further work was related to the drilling of another shaft, which was named Eisenbahn shaft (Railway) and today it serves tourists during the descent down the so-called "Sholem".
Already in 1885, 313 thousand was extracted. tons of coal, although the Guido Mine was considered unprofitable. So Donnersmarck sold his mine to the Prussian Treasury, and then it was incorporated into the state mine "Queen Louise".
At the beginning of the 20th century, a new mine was built in the vicinity of the Guido Mine, "Delbrück", Currently called" Sośnica-Makoszowy ", where coking coal was mined. A coking plant was built nearby.
In 1904, the excavations of both mines were combined.
In 1922, when Silesia was divided by the state border after the end of World War I, the Guido Mine remained on the German side.
After the exploitation of coal deposits, the "Guido" Mine lost its importance. In 1928, the Guido shaft was immobilized, and the Railway shaft became a downhill shaft for the crew and materials. At the 170 level of the mine, drainage facilities were installed, which soon took over the drainage of three other mines: Bielszowice, Makoszowy and the Guido Mine.
The Guido mine was connected with ventilation pits and escape routes with the Makoszowy mine.
In 1967, the M-300 Experimental Coal Mine was established here.
In 1982, a mining open-air museum was established in the area of the former Guido mine.
The Guido Mine is now unique on a global scale.
The open-air museum consists of corridors at 170 and 320 meters, as well as a surface-building complex with technical equipment.
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Guido Mine tours only with a guide.
170 level talks about the work of miners in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century in Silesia, hazards and mining traditions.
320 level are the Guido Mine excavations kept as close as possible to their original condition, as if the miners had finished their work only yesterday.
Some chambers are used for cultural, service and restaurant activities.
355 level was opened in 2016.
-The tour takes place here in working clothes from the mining industry and mining works are carried out together with a miner-guide, as if in a real "shift".
- "Mine Darkness" is a way to visit the Guido mine with personal mining lamps in the dark.
Educational offer is implemented mainly in the basement of the Queen Louise Mine, in Zabrze at ul. Sienkiewicz 43.
In addition to mining machinery and equipment, multimedia was also installed there.
Sztygar's Little Helpers
Zones: Culture, Technology, Activities, as well as Geostrefa
Educational activities (at the Queen Louise Mine) for:
- elementary and junior high school students
Additional educational routes at the Queen Louise Adit:
Underground Treasures - sightseeing + fun
Tropiciele Węgla - geological and measuring route
In the Guido Mine, it is possible to organize religious ceremonies combined with visiting the oldest level of the mine, i.e. the 170 level - the offer is for organized groups.
Individual tourists visit St. Level Barbara as part of the tourist route.
St. Barbara is the patron saint of miners, steel workers, sailors, soldiers, builders and good death.
Barbórka - 4 December - the festival of miners
The Coal Mining Museum in Zabrze retains the memory of the development of the mining industry in Upper Silesia, as well as the traditions and customs of this region.
170 level in the Guido Mine was dedicated to Saint Barbara.
The sightseeing route leads through the oldest excavations of the Guido Mine, where original, original horse stables have been preserved.
In addition, modern multimedia devices have been installed here.
The chapel was finished with raw brick, and steel structures, stained glass and sculpture of St. Barbara.
The chapel is made available to organize Mass. and other religious events.
Sightseeing time: 2,5 - 3 hours
Route length: 3,5 km
Age restrictions: from 6 years (groups with younger children visit the underground tourist route at the Queen Louise Mine)
Sightseeing takes place in groups of 24 people
The temperature underground is 13-16 st C, regardless of the season
Appropriate clothing and footwear with a flat sole is recommended
Pressure differences - sightseeing with people with serious illnesses is discouraged
Visiting for pregnant women - preferably after consulting a doctor
The Guido Mine in Zabrze is open to tourists all year round (closed on Mondays). Visiting hours: Tuesday, 9: 00-14: 30, Wednesday, 9: 00-14: 30 (9.00-20.00 on holiday), Thursday-Sunday, 9: 00-20: 00.
The ticket price list at the Guido Mine is separate for business days and weekends.
Ticket prices on Tuesday-Friday are:
- Level 170: normal ticket - PLN 25, reduced ticket - PLN 22
- Level 320: normal ticket - PLN 29, reduced ticket - PLN 25
- Level 170 + 320: normal ticket - PLN 39, reduced ticket - PLN 35
Ticket prices on Saturday and Sunday are:
- Level 170: normal ticket - PLN 29, reduced ticket - PLN 26
- Level 320: normal ticket - PLN 33, reduced ticket - PLN 29
- Level 170 + 320: normal ticket - PLN 43, reduced ticket - PLN 39
On Thursdays it is possible to buy a family ticket (min. 4 person).
The exit to the pub in the pompo hall of the Guido Mine costs 10 PLN.
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