Mine Adit "U Vítězné" (“At the Victorious“) in Nejdek
The mine adit was built sometime during the 16th century in connection with the tin mining in the Nejdek region. It was in operation for about 30 years, later it was abandoned. At the end of the last century it was opened again in attempts to re-establish mining. Its extension and enlargement to today’s appearance took place at the beginning of the Second World War. During the war it served as a bomb shelter for the nearby foundry Metalis. In this connection the roof was raised and another butt-entry drift was driven. Another (the one currently used) entrance was also opened at that time.
The mine adit is formed by two parallel drifts which are about 20 - 30 m long and interconnected by two cross drifts. The area looks very much like the underground in the Bránická rock or in Šárka. Near the entrance there is about 20-30 cm of water, the level varies depending on the season. During the winter, water trickles down on the bars covering the entrance and forms beautiful icy-waterfalls. The original entrance with a stone portal can be seen on a distant slope. In the middle of the 1980’s the roof behind the portal caved in and was later filled in. The later (second) entrance is covered by the grid. Not far from here the remains of another two mine adits are visible along the left Rolava River bank; however, they did not reach the size of the mine adit "U Vítězné".