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. 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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  • Myself and my 2 friends hopped on a tour here! It was only us and the guide as and this allowed for a very nice tour. I was amazed by the whole mine and particularly the lakes and Chapel all made out ...  more »
  • Definitely worth a visit although the 380 steps down to the 1st level are a bit hard going. The sheer size of the caverns and structures are awesome these miners are craftsmen. tour guides very inform...  more »
  • A bit complicated for those who suffer from claustrophobia or however she can't hold it indoors for a long time, since the visit lasts at least an hour and a half. Beautiful!
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  • AMAZING! I had no idea this stuff even existed until I went to Krakow and was encouraged by locals and expats to visit this place. It is so awesome, the ultimate salt lovers heaven and it's THE place to go for the sheer scale of what beauty and engineering people are capable of. A very uplifting end to the one day tour with Krakow Direct after visiting Auschwitz 1 and 2.
  • A must visit. Queue outside is a bit messy and can be long, as is the lift on the way out. A photo/video pass is 10 PLN. Only guided tours are offered. Also be aware it's a good 380 steps down at the beginning! The sculptures are stunning!
  • Very disappointing experience. We arrived 1.15h before the planned guided tour. It was unclear about the ticket office. Then, there was only 1 checkout opened and things were moving so so low. Intolerable for a visit that charges you that much. We couldn't make it in time for the tour. Real lack of organisation. We went home cause spending 3h waiting for the next tour is a bit much to expect... Also, the online booking doesn't allow you to skip the queue. I saw a person who had this problem.
  • Nice place to visit when you stay in Crakow! A wooden stairway leads you 130metres under ground. Downstairs the guide was waiting for us and guided us through the saltmine. Unbelievable to see what people build there in the long history of the mine. The duration of the tour was almost one hour. We went back by elevator.
  • Very interesting place. It's amazing to see something of this magnitude that humans made so many years ago. One downside though. You have to stay close to guide because the radios they use have a short range and therefore you cannot hear what they say if you get to far back. We weren't even at the back of our group and we only heard small pieces of what was said on the radio. So stick to the guide :)