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Wieliczka

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Historic Sites · Specialty Museums · Geologic Formations
Best known as the site of one of the world's oldest salt mines, Wieliczka receives nearly a million visitors each year. Located just a short drive from Krakow's city center, the World Heritage-listed mine remained in operation for over seven centuries, finally shutting down in 2007. Today, the mine serves as a museum, allowing visitors to explore a ghostly underground world of elaborate salt chambers and deep pits hand-carved by generations of miners. Wieliczka itself remains a compact town within Krakow's metropolitan area, featuring several architecturally significant wooden churches designated as national historic monuments. Use our Poland day trip planning website to arrange the hows, wheres, and whens of your trip to Wieliczka.
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The most convenient way to visit Wieliczka is from a comfortable hotel in Krakow, located less than half an hour away. You can explore Wieliczka's world-famous salt mines in about a day, so basing your trip in Krakow lets you take advantage of more sightseeing and entertainment options in the wider metropolitan area. If staying in Wieliczka itself tops your list of priorities, consider one of the town's guesthouses, providing inexpensive rooms loaded with modern amenities.
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