Wieliczka Salt Mine, Wieliczka
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Discover an underground world of dark pits and chambers made from salt at Wieliczka Salt Mine. A short drive southeast of Krakow, this mine, included on the World Heritage List, produced table salt continuously for over seven centuries. Operation finally shut down in 2007. Today you can see dozens of statues, chapels, and cathedrals exquisitely hand carved by generations of miners. An important national monument, the mine draws over a million domestic and foreign visitors each year. Entry is by guided tour only, so buy your tickets well in advance. Make Wieliczka Salt Mine a centerpiece of your Wieliczka vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Wieliczka online travel planner .
Wieliczka Salt Mine Reviews
Fascinating tour and very interesting. However staff are extremely rude and do not communicate or listen to you. Just shout demands at you. I visited with my grandad, I asked for the lift down for him... more »
Interesting afternoon out, some of the chambers are amazing. But shops and eateries down there put me off a bit. The driver who took us was exellent. more »
A great experience. I visited the mine as an individual tourist, without prior reservation. Therefore, I was prepared for a lot of waiting, but I managed to get the ticket and enter in about 30 minutes, which was a pleasant surprise. The organization process seems to function very efficiently. It's also useful to know there is a restaurant within the mine, so you don't have to carry food and drinks on your own.
There are 2 routes to choose from: tourist or miner's route. I went for the tourist route. There will be English, Polish, German, French, Russian speaking tour guides. Entire route took about 2 hours (mostly walking). There are several sculptures along the route and the chapel is magnificent. Good place to go if you love mines and have a couple of hours to kill.
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