Wieliczka Salt Mine, Wieliczka

4.3
Must see · World heritage site · Historic Site · Specialty Museum
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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  • Firstly, be prepared for lots of stairs (800+) and a 3.5km walk underground. The journey begins via 380 steps straight down to the 1st level. You travel through history via rough hewn tunnels and...  more »
  • I naively didn’t get why we had to do this tour as one my mates were adamant, but I am glad that we did. These mines are a masterpiece, literally have to see it with your own eyes to believe the...  more »
  • This place it's absolutely stunning, breathless. Beautiful and amazing to know that everything you see there is salt. You will be able to go and see the history and heritage of one of most beautiful.....  more »
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  • Went to the salt mine with my wife who was very sweet about the whole experience. There were no bitter feelings about having to walk down one thousand steps. There was a souvenir shop down in the basement they sold salt stuff. Reasonable prices for the souvenirs. If you're single and you meet a nice partner you can get married in the mine. That's cool. If you're already married then you can go to church with your husband or wife.
  • The guide we got spoke excellent English and was very informative and polite. They've done a really superb job in making this very tourist friendly and very beautiful - spared no expense! A lot of history to the place and the guide was pretty in depth. Worth a visit definitely. Wasn't at all claustrophobic or cramped very spacious. There was a marvellous and huge church in the centre of the mines which created a certain ambience there. Reasonably priced and worth the money.
  • For lack of a better word, amazing. There is nothing like that anywhere in the world. This is just a salt mine, yes, but there is so much to see in it, and it is so vast, this is a wonder of human craftsmanship. Miners have been working there since the Middle Ages and have carved the walls and rocks of salt in all shapes and forms, even making a small cathedral within the mine. Totally mind blowing!
  • The tour was impressive and lasted for almost 2.5 hours. Our guide was very passionate about his job and it was very pleasant. The place is obviously crowded, so you should either come very early or book your ticket online. If you are comfortable with taking the train to get there, it is the cheapest and easiest option.
  • Quite impressive and definitely worth visiting as this is not something that you see everyday. The tour is also good, providing plenty of interesting information about the mine. Be prepared for long queues as the mine is visited by about one million people annually. It's better if you book your ticket on-line.

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