The Black Trout Adit is closed on the following days
600-meter section of the former adit
When you stroll along Repecki Park alleys, round buildings with shingle roofs emerge from behind trees. Each of them hosts an entrance to underground landing places for boats in which tourists cover a 600-meter section of the Black Trout Adit. It is worthwhile to take a closer look at these constructions. If we come from the parking lot on Repecka Street, the first building we stumble across is the Sylwester shaft. In the old nomenclature it is known as the adit shaft no. 17. The second building is the Ewa shaft, in the specialist literature referred to as the adit shaft no. 13.
We offer tourists Poland’s oldest underground boat cruise along a section of the 19th-century Friedrich Deep Adit. Available for tours is its 600-meter section between the shafts Ewa and Sylwester. This is the longest attraction of the kind in Poland.
Masterpiece of underground hydraulic engineering
The guided tour starts at one of the shafts. The shafts are located in Tarnowskie Góry, in the captivating Park in Repty and Drama River Valley. Tourists access the underground complex by stairs. Depending on the shaft, they must go down 20 or 30 m. After a few minutes, visitors arrive at a boat landing place, where they begin their extraordinary cruise along a drainage gallery cut in a dolomite rock to dewater the underground complex in Tarnowskie Góry.
A guide, almost like a Venetian gondolier, takes tourist on a cruise from one shaft to another, pushing boats as he or she spins mining tales about the history of Tarnowskie Góry underground complex, exceptional steam engines, legendary free miners and the treasurer and black trouts. Going along, we may notice vertical grooves on rock sidewalls – traces of blastholes, as black powder was used to construct the site. An aura of mystery is created by the light of carbide lamps installed on a bow of each boat. Sliding through the crystal clear water, boats carry tourists through four stone gates (dedicated to the Memory, the Brave, the Happy and the Lazy). Each gate holds secrets connected with the construction of this masterpiece of underground hydraulic engineering. In the flickering light a trained eye may spot trouts flashing by. They seem black, hence the name – the Black Trout Adit, which is still in use today.
In July 2017 the Black Trout Adit was inscribed on the prestigious UNESCO World Heritage List.