VIP Excursion

A guided tour will be arranged for those who wish to learn more about silver mining and processing.

The ’Way of Silver’ tour introduces the whole process of medieval mining, processing of raw silver, and minting technology. It includes a replica of a mining operation with technical equipment, the original large horse-drawn mining machine, the so-called trejv, an authentic medieval mine, and since 2017 the tour has been enriched by a "mining settlement". Here you can see replicas of log buildings and shelters (the so-called miners' caverns), ore washing troughs, a replica of a hearth furnace, and a silver ore crushing plant. You will be equipped with a helmet with a torch and a miner's coat with a hood, called a perkytle, and you will walk through a 250-meter-long section of the original medieval mine. You can also skip the underground part of the tour and just visit the exposition on the surface.

The tour lasts 1.5 hours and the Czech Museum of Silver (Hrádek) is located about 400 meters from the hotel. Entry to the mine is not recommended for people suffering from claustrophobia, epilepsy or poor health. Children under the age of 6 are not allowed to enter the mine.

The excursion will take place on Thursday September 19 between 3pm to 7pm for those who arrive earlier. The tour is not included in the conference fee and must be ordered separately. The cost of the excursion is 15€ per person (see registration).