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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
Really disappointed with this tour. Getting there from Kracow was a nightmare as bus only leaves the centre every 20 mins and can take an hour if traffic is heavy. You are given an entry time and if y... more »
Hicimos el tour turístico y la verdad que fue bastante interesante. El tour eran unos 2 horas y el recorrido total serán unos 2km. Hay un ascensor que te evita los primeros 400 escalones (de 800 total... more »We did the sightseeing tour and it was really interesting. The tour was about 2 hours and the total tour will be about 2km. There is an elevator that avoids the first 400 steps (800 total) although it is only for people who have some mobility problem (I think there are special tour for people in wheelchairs, etc.). The Spanish guide there explained everything very well. The said, interesting tour although, in my opinion, if you are a few days in Krakow and you have to choose between tours of the center, Jewish quarter, ghetto, concentration camp, etc. I think this is the most expendable.
We arrived with a tour group so tickets and all were taken care of. Our guided did a phenomenal job for 2 hrs. I enjoyed the salt mines more than I thought I would. I didn't realize what was down there - that Cathedral! It was well organized and timed. Toilets and comfort break given on our tour. Would recommend if you are in the area. I suggest doing a guided tour. Listening devices provided.
Absolutely stunning experience! Whatever are your expectations of this place, it will overcome it. The tour lasts for about 2.5 - 3 hours, be ready to walk a lot. However there is a part of the touristic route suitable for wheelchair access. It's good to have some warm clothes (it's about 14-16C inside) and a bottle of water. There are also souvenir shops and restaurant in the end of the route.
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