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 .
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  • Go and visit the mine is beautiful, will leave you in suspense. Put your walking shoes, starting point 380 steps. Attention to the Dragon
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  • Alone would take the trip from Italy. Spectacular and simple sightseeing tour lasts 3 hours ... just to give you the intensity of what you will see. Be prepared to do a bit of steps ... downhill though. Council to see them
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  • I think it is not possible to go to Poland and especially in Krakow and does not spend a day on this site 1/2. Lovely magic between nature is man s hand. And a breathtaking spectacle that merges with the amazing ability of the human being to create wonders and at the same time the wonder that nature reserve. One of the most beautiful views ever NOT to BE MISSED
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  • Salty Polish Disneyland. This now inactive mine consists of enough tunnels to reach from Warsaw to Krakow. On the tour you will see one percent of it. The salt mine is now a veritable gold mine when it come to tourism - over a million people visit every year. Going on the group tour you will see all the major sites available to the public - salt statues, beautiful halls, salt likes, etc. There are also concerts and other events here. You could even get married here. Check and see what's going on before you go. The town itself is tourists but pretty - I did not have time to walk around as I was on a group tour but I would have liked to do that.
  • Its been an amazing experience here. One of tge must visit sites if you are in Krakow. If you travelling on your own then the best thing would be to book your ticket online as there can be long queue at the counter. Credit cards are accepted at the counter. Big bags are not allowed. There are places to eat inside the mine. Practically it took us 4.5hrs to come out of the mine. You will have to take 800 stair steps till to see all of the mine with the guide. Camera costs extra money. Plan your day ahead before visiting this place.
  • It's warm down there maybe 14c or 16c so leave your coat. You'll have a guide and ear piece to hear her. About 800 steps down. Amazing amount of wood. Deep grey salt. Lots of interesting chambers named after Polish heroes with statuary. Sometimes music. Light shows. A chapel. A church. What am I saying? There are 40 chapels in the mine. There are massive chambers with white painted timbers. Minstrel galleries. Shopping areas. A pub. Restaurants. Cinema! If I've not spoiled it for you, go. Best thing I did today. Everything is done so well. And you get a lift back up.
  • A must visit if in Krakow! I had no expectations of the place and was pleasantly surprised at how amazing a salt mine can be. Most impressive was the cathedral carved from salt in the heart of the mine. The tour was very organised. A few pointers would be - buy the ticket online so no need to get into the long queue and avoid the morning crowds, it tends to slow down after lunch hour. Be prepared for a lot of walking and some light climbing. Bring a jumper even though it's summer, pretty chilly down there.
  • I loved this place. It's amazing what humans can do with salt. During the guided tour (for individuals) you learn a lot about the different stages and periods of the salt mine. From the legend of how they started digging to when they stopped. The only drawback is that some of the light and sound animations they created could be better if different light colors were added.

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Where to stay in Wieliczka

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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