Tarnowskie Góry is an industrial city within the Upper Silesian Industrial District, and now also an important stop on the Industrial Monuments Route. There is a Historic Silver Mine here, which, along with other objects documenting the extraction of silver, lead and zinc, was entered on the UNESCO list.
The first silver, lead and zinc mines began to be established in Tarnowskie Góry at the end of the 15th century. Until the 20th century, it was the largest and most important area of ore extraction in Poland. Thanks to the mines, Tarnowskie Góry was getting richer, and mementoes of the golden period of their operation can be seen in the Museum in Tarnowskie Góry.
The most important and best-known attraction of Tarnowskie Góry is the Historic Silver Mine, which is part of the Lead, Silver and Zinc Mine together with the underground water management system in Tarnowskie Góry, which as a whole is included in the UNESCO list. It includes several dozen tunnels, shafts and other objects that testify to the centuries-old tradition of mining these metals. A very famous object within these mines is the Black Trout Adit, which is entered through the New Year's Eve Shaft. In the adit you can take a boat trip on the underground river.
In Tarowskie Góry, you can also visit the Open Air Museum of Steam Machines, on which the Tourist Railway runs. The museum has collected machines that were used in the past in mines in and around the city.