Wieliczka Salt MineCurrently Closed
- Address: Wieliczka Salt Mine, Ul. Danilowicza 10, Wieliczka, Poland, Krakow
- Timings: 08:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
- Phone: +48-122787302
- Ticket Price: 75 PLN
- Tags: Art And Culture, Mine, Historical Site, Statue, Family And Kids
Usually from a cultural and artistic standpoint all a mine does is to provide the materials for something else. The Wieliczka Salt Mine goes beyond that. Begun in the 13th century AD, the mine was active till 2007 and at that time it was one of the world’s oldest operating mines. Over the course of time it was also extensively mined for salt, and it is over 287 kilometres long. Its long operation and size mean it has seen changes in mining from the medieval era onwards to the most recent mining techniques. This makes it perfect to learn the history of mining and the development of mining techniques. That’s not just interesting to mining enthusiasts but to human progress, science and technology as a whole. But as mentioned before, the Salt Mine goes beyond just being a mine. There are underground natural wonders aplenty, but over here nature has met its match at the hands of the humans. Located underground in the mine shafts, carved out of salt are statues, sculptures, chandeliers, and works of art, three chapels, a cathedral and he walls themselves. The sheer effort and ingenuity is mind boggling and that is reason enough for a visit, apart from the fact that it is a UNESCO World Heritage site. This is known as the tourist route. And it’s not all the mine has to offer, the miner’s route gives a hands on, interactive learning experience to working in a mine, where visitors learn to become amateur miners under the guidance of a Foreman.
- Wear comfortable shoes, there will be a lot of walking to do. Dress as if you are going hiking, especially if you join the miner’s route.
- Each tour lasts three hours. If you time them right you can do both in one day. Preferably complete the miner’s tour in the morning, before you’ve had lunch.
- The mine has plenty of steps and climbs; don’t go if you have health issues.
- The miner’s route is a physically exertive tour, you need to do mining tasks so be prepared to work hard and sweat.
- Smoking is strictly prohibited.
- Tickets sell out early, so reserve them.
- Do not arrive late. The tours begin on time.
- The miner’s route does not overlap with the tourist route. Do not assume you can buy tickets to one and experience both.
- The elevators are quite claustrophobic; they were built for mining efficiency, not tourists.
- Adult : 75 Zloty, Children above 4, students up to age 26 (with valid school ID) and disabled tourists (including assistants) : 60 Zloty.
- Family (Two adults, two children between the ages of 4 and 16) : 210 Zloty .
- Adult : 76 Zloty, Children above 4, students up to age 26 (with valid school ID) and disabled tourists (including assistants) : 64 Zloty.
- Family (Two adults, two children between the ages of 10 and 16) – 216 Zloty.
- Take a train from the Main Railway Station in Krakow (Dworzec GÅ‚ówny) to the Wieliczka Rynek Kopalnia train station.
- The mine has two restaurants. The Grand Sal is above ground and serves Polish dishes. There is a tavern underground, also with Polish cuisine that comes at the end of the tourist route.
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55.24% of people who visit Krakow include Wieliczka Salt Mine in their plan
09 AM - 10 AM
80% of people start their Wieliczka Salt Mine visit around 09 AM - 10 AM
People usually take around 1 Hr to see Wieliczka Salt Mine
86.96% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Wieliczka Salt Mine
Quite one of the incredible places to join! So much interesting to know and to see. Unbelievable that this was made by hand hundreds of years ago! Also the interesting stories to tell and pictures to show. The most incredible place is the church in 130 metre below, unbelievable what they made there! One of the favourites when you join Krakow for sure!
Great place to visit. Tour guide was great, the mine itself is very interesting and a great sight to behold. It's amazing how huge it is and how little of the mine the tour area operates in (it still takes a couple of hours to go around though... It's a big tour!) Well worth the asking price and I would highly recommend it.
A unique step into history. The carvings are untouched from the time of their creation. A 3hr walk so be prepared and wear comfortable clothing. It can get chilly but generally not but. Excellent guide who gave an interactive approach. A little frustrated that we had two tours close together so we felt hurried along. It worth spending some extra time to see the museum. Adds more of the history that could and should have been added to the original tour. Places to stop and relax with food. But the route we took is the same nine years ago. Shame as there are a further 77km to see. Also don't be fooled into parking at the many places trying to get your money. We ignored them and parked at the mine at a reasonable price.
If you are in the area, you should definitely visit it. It has impressing underground tunnels and exhibits. You go down the ground a 100 meters from wooden stairs. Also the elevator that they use to take you to the surface with guards and 5 people at a time is a thriller of his own.
We were visiting our Polish friends over Christmas and they took us here for the day. What a wonderful experience! The history is so nicely preserved and the tour guides are friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. We really enjoyed our time there. The food in the restaurant is also divine! I’m looking forward to visiting again.