Wieliczka Salt Mine, Wieliczka

Categories: Caves, Mines, Nature & Parks, Museums, Tourist Spots
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4.3/5 based on 6,500+ reviews on the web
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. Put Wieliczka Salt Mine into our Wieliczka trip itinerary builder to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Wieliczka.
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  • Tour takes about two hours but goes so fast. Lots to see and the guide was super clear and knowledgable. The chapel and the lake are mind blowing and worth the journey 100m underground! 
  • A visit to the salt mines is probably not for everyone. It is a guided tour which takes a couple of hours with the option of a free 1 hour extension. You go down about 60 metres of steps to the upper ...  read more »
  • I was shocked at how much there is multimedia shows, performances of music and projection) This is a very modern and cool make visits)
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  • Amazing trip. Absolutely spellbinding. Can't believe something like this exists and from such a long time ago. Well worth a visit but you must plan a head
  • Good place to visit if you have more than a couple of days in krakow. Only a 30 mins bus ride away from the main railway station. Bus 304. We bought tickets online prior to visit, you must go in a tour. It is approx 2 hours where u see the main sites and an optional 1 hour or so tour to see the mueseum. We did both and enjoyed it. Note: there is a lot of stairs to go down initially.
  • I decided to go there during my visit in Krakow. I choose easiest option to get here - to take organized tour. You can get it in one of many tourist information centres all other the Krakow centre. All you need to do is pay money and get in the bus on time (and they will return you back safely too). You definitely need to wear comfortable shoes and a jacket (It's a bit chilly here). The tours are organized in many languages, guides are very professional, though I felt a bit rushed trough the mines sometimes. Also you can get to Salt mines on your own, and later they just join you to some excising group with spaces available. First thing to mention about this place, you will have to walk a lot, so I wouldn't recommended it for people with disabilities (you will have to use steps sometimes to move in the mine) , though they do have lifts to get down here. Plus I wouldn't recommend this place for small children. They might get tired. Salt mines have a lot of authentic things saved, plus expositions are made to introduce you to the history from the beginning of this mine till later days. I really liked salt statues all other the place, and salt literally everywhere. Even the air felt different from salt. Most spectacular was salt chapel at the end of tour, where everything was made from salt, even impressive chandeliers. They have all needed facilities down here: WC, souvenir stores (maybe a bit pricey), cafeteria, area for children to play. At the end of tour you will get to surface by the lift, though it was a bit uncomfortable to be literally stuffed here with other 9 people. I was very impressed with Wielicka salt Mines, would definitely recommend to visit it.
  • Great experience for adults and fantastic place. Too fast guides and tours, very little information from staff for families and children. We have been treated like a product not people. Very little engagement between people and guiding person. It's more like a race not a visit.... very poor standards
  • A minibus organised by the hotel took us here and to Auschwitz / Birkenau on the same trip. The salt mines are amazing and a must see if you go to Krakow.
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