Written by Jagoda Urban-Klaehn Monday, 02 May 2011 13:41
Did you know that in the second half of 16th century gold mines on the territory of today Poland produced 8% of European gold? Today there is a gold mine - museum there - in Zloty Stock (meaning Golden Slope), Southwestern Poland. The only Polish gold mine which still brings a profit! It is owned by Elzbieta Szumska, a brave, energetic and young woman who invested lots of money from bank credits to re-open it. After five years of reconstructions, on 28th May 1996 the Underground Tourist Route „Gold Mine" was opened and is ready for business. Now, if you ever were in this area sign for 90 minutes tour which would show you many shafts working there since medieval times. The tour includes also narrow gauge ride. This gold mine was still active after World War II, but it produced only 20-30 kilograms of gold per year, that means a couple of ounces per day.