Český Krumlov

Graphit mine

Graphit mine

Adress: Chvalšinská ul., 381 01 Český Krumlov (Viktor Weis)
Telephone No.: +420 380 711 199
Fax: +420 380 711 170
E-mail: grafitovydul@seznam.cz

Opening times:

monday to friday 9a.m. – 3p.m.
May, June daily 9a.m. – 4p.m.
July, August daily 9a.m. – 6p.m.
September daily 9a.m. – 4p.m.
  • beginning of the last sightseeing is one hour before the closing time

Entrance fee:

in czech language in foreign language
adults 150 Kč 200 Kč
children under 15 80 Kč 100 Kč
students, seniors 100 Kč 150 Kč
  • It is available to arrange czech and german speaking guide.
  • It is possible to hire guide textbooks in czech, german, english, french, spanish and dutch languages.

Only a few years passed since the mining in the Krumlov graphite mine – in that times the last functionable graphite mine in Czech republic - has been stopped. Today, you will walk through abandonned drifts, however the former visitors of the mine walked through the drifts and met working miners… Anyway, the fact that the mine is abandonned only adds to its mysteriousness.

Let´s go down!

Český Krumlov, that is famous for its art and culture, has its own technical monument, that attracts even those, who are not interested in technique at all. You will notice the uniquity of the sightseeing in the moment, when you are dressed to the special clothing and shoes, equipped with several protecting tools and you board the mine train. All the sightseeing is done with the guidance of professional guides. The train carries you more than a half of the all journey, that is two kilometres long. During the walking part of the sightseeing you will get to know something about the history of mining in the region and even the practical shows will be performed – how the rock was shot off, cleaned and how the air was transported to the mine.

The history of modern mining of graphite in Český Krumlov region dates back to 1767. In that times the graphite was used for pencile making. However, the graphite beds were known for hundreds years and the local people used them even earlier. The old Celts from the nearby oppidum (probably some 800 years before Christ) mined the graphite there and used it for heat-resistant ceramics.

Following the gold and silver

However not only for graphite mining Český Krumlov is famous! For more than three centuries the gold and silver were mined there. The oldest evidence of precious metal mining in the town dates back to the 15th century and the greatest boom of the gold mining was in the era between 1519 and 1550, during which a smelthouse was established in the town. The correspondence of Wilhelm from Rožmberk – the former owner of the mines – shows that his investments were returned back several times higher in form of profits. The decline begun in the second half of the 16th century and even the new times of gold and silver mining during the Eggenberg family era did not last – thanks to the Thirty Years War – for a long time. Between the 18th and 19th centuries the gold and silver was replaced by graphite.

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