The route following the mines in Jáchymov is about 15 kilometres in length and takes approximately four hours of leisurely walk. It partly runs along the instructional trail called Jáchymov Hell (Jáchymovské peklo) and it can be shortened at any time. This walk of medium difficulty can be done by families with older children. Many political prisoners were being sent to the Jáchymov uranium mines after the coup in February 1948 and especially during the 1950s. For the civilian employees of the mines and also for some of the Communist Party members this encounter with people who were unjustly persecuted by the communist regime often resulted in the loss of illusions about the political system in which they lived. However, even here, amidst the suffering behind the barbed-wire fence, punishment in solitary cells, humiliation and dangerous work where death was an imminent threat, some people were able to fall in love with each other.