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Kopalnia Soli Bochnia, Bochnia

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The Bochnia Salt Mine in Bochnia, Poland is one of the oldest salt mines in the world and the oldest one in Poland. The mine was established between the 12th and 13th centuries after salt was first discovered in Bochnia and became part of the Royal mining company żupy krakowskie .The mine was closed some time after World War I. In 1981 it was declared a heritage monument. The site is one of Poland's official national Historic Monuments, as designated October 6, 2000 and tracked by the National Heritage Board of Poland.HistoryThe mine shafts measure in length at about 330–468 metres in depth below the surface, at 16 levels.In 2013 the mine was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List as an extension of the Wieliczka Salt Mine inscription of 1978.August PassageThe August Passage is the main communication and transportation route in the mine. It runs from the east to the west of mine, connecting in a straight line the bottom ends of the Campi and Sutoris shafts. It is at a depth of 176m from the top of the Sutoris shaft and 212m counting from the top of the Campi shaft. The August Passage was initially called the Long Stove (Piec Długi). Its first part, extending between the Rabsztyn Chute and a Campi Shaft, was built in the years 1723-1743, in accordance with a design by Jan Gottfried borlach. His great achievements was to regulate routes in the mine by ensuring their straightening and leveling. As a result of this, over the next decades, the August Passage was able to reach a length of nearly 3km.
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  • I was, as a tourist, in many mines in Poland, including in Wieliczka and Bochnia has done for me a very big impression. Also really enjoyed my sons (7 and 10 years old), who many have already seen. Dates-excellent-a few people, you can buy tickets, and our group with the Guide consisted of 7 persons (larger group has gone with another extremely economical on punting). Exit and entry lift górnicza, but first show acting steam engine, which recently pulled such carts, and already has more than 100 years-super experience. The underground km long horse ride-also an amazing effect. A route very interesting-a variety of media (video, sound) showing the history of the mine and working in it in the old ages. My sons very much of that learned and I-historian-too much I've learned. It is worth to see it and it is worth it. It is neither better nor worse than the Wieliczka-is different and therefore all the more worth it. The only downside was not working, that was a great traction for boys and messed up on that point. Another inconvenience (though not entirely dependent on decision makers from the mine) is a weak marketing in Krakow (Wieliczka everywhere at Bochnia, or Word), weak from Krakow (only private busiki, which offer different comfort) and a big chunk of the transition from the center of bochnia. But as anyone knows where to hit and drive it at all without a problem.
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  • In the salt mine in Bochnia I was several times because of this city just I come and I wanted my friends to show what the most famous for its Leesa. Each of them was very pleased with the trip. Very nice guides, contact, with a big sense of humor. A lot of walking, and it does not hurt your legs. A great attraction for children and young people. I recommend to anyone who wants to see the 'inną face ' of mine.
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  • Very interesting and historical place. Definitely worth a visit even though it's not as popular or as its sister mine Wieliczca., although it is around 40 years older. We also got to slide down a mass...  more »
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  • Lack of safety standards specially for children. Would highly recommend visiting Wieliczka rather than Bochnia
  • I enjoyed the tour. Everything was in polish, but I believe they also have some tours in English. Entertaining and interesting.
  • Great place to visit.
  • Amazing place.
  • Glazing Campi-route without crossing by boat takes 3 h-we on (b). a nice guide. Route of the cool, the children very liked. Many of you know, breathe the fresh air. A lot of media on your route. The temperature of 15 degrees but the shirt was not. Really worth seeing.
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