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Kovárna old mine in Obří Důl

Krkonoše Mountains

The first mentions of mining activities in the Obří Důl, Krkonoše date back to 1456. An unknown Venetian describes his eight-day-long adventure - a journey from Vrchlabí to the Obří Důl under Mount Sněžka - and his alleged findings: human skeletons, amethysts, emeralds and gold as the relics of previous mining activities.

The most intensive mining activities were running in the Obří Důl (Giant Mine) between 1952 and 1959. At that time, nearly 7 kilometres of mine passages were dug. Since 1988, the underground area of the Obří Důl is the subject-matter of research being done by the Czech Speleologist Company Albeřice, which opens parts of the former mine to public. In 2004, the tourist operation was commenced in the oldest part of the mine named Kovárna. Visitors may see not only approximately 250 metres of the unique exploited space inside the Mount Sněžka massif but they can try out the job of medieval miners as well; in addition, there are working replicas of the historic mining equipment.

Information for visitors:
The entrance point into the former mining area open to public is at the former Kovárna in Obří Důl. You can get there from Pec pod Sněžkou in 1 hour 30 minutes. If you plan to descend in the underground space, it is recommended to wear thermal clothes (the ambient temperature is about 6°C). Visitors - age limit 10 plus - are required to wear safety shoes. The tour around the underground area is some 250 metres long and every tourist is able to manage it; however, here and there, you must be aware of the low profile of the gallery, steep steps and views in the depth. Tickets must be purchased in advance in the Veselý Výlet Gallery in Pec pod Sněžkou or you need a reservation. The guide will wait for you at the former Kovárna Bouda; make sure that you are at the meeting point at least 15 minutes ahead of the time of your scheduled tour. Small cameras are permitted but - for safety reasons - it is forbidden to use video cameras.

Opening hours

July - September Fr - Su 10:00 - 16:30

Entrance fee

Full entrance fee:180,00 CZK
Full entrance fee:350,00 CZK