Wieliczka Salt MineCurrently Open [Closes at 05:00 pm]
- 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
Wieliczka Salt Mine - Review
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.
Wieliczka Salt Mine Information
- 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.
Wieliczka Salt Mine Ticket Prices
- 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.
How To reach Wieliczka Salt Mine by Public Transport
- Take a train from the Main Railway Station in Krakow (Dworzec GÅ‚ówny) to the Wieliczka Rynek Kopalnia train station.
Restaurants Near Wieliczka Salt Mine
- 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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55.4% of people who visit Krakow include Wieliczka Salt Mine in their plan
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People usually take around 1 Hr to see Wieliczka Salt Mine
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Wieliczka Salt Mine, Krakow Reviews
One of the most fascinating things we did in (and around Krakow). Absolutely amazing, and the tour guides were excellent at explaining the history, the science, the economics, and at keeping it humorous. It's a significant trek (we did the tourist route) and there are a lot of stairs, but the sights are amazing. Underground chapels, lakes, and equipment left over from the past 1000 years of mining, and many traces of the technological feats required to excavate. Bring warm clothes, good shoes, and not too much baggage. It's easy to get to by train, and there are a number of restaurants and bars nearby.
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.
This was an amazing experience for me. To see the wonderful figures that had been made out of salt, the wooden logs that had transformed into salt over years. It was very busy however the tour guides did a fantastic job. We booked our tickets in town and were transported by van. The driver introduced us to our guide. You have to be fairly fit to walk down, it is very far. Please check out pictures. The great hall at three bottom wroth the salt chandeliers are enchanting. There are lifts to transport people back up.
It's a bit of a trek and were weren't sure it'd be worth it but really glad we went. I came here with my 3 year old son and husband. We didn't realize we were committing to a two hour tour but my son did a great job and he also had the ability to have a snack while down there. It does in fact get a little cool down there but we weren't freezing. There is a bit of a walk down, although I think there is an elevator if you need handicap access. You do the tour with a group and they make sure you stay with them. You're also given an audio/radio so you can listen to the guide regardless of how close you are to her. Really engaging tour with a lot of neat sites to see. Of course you're also taken through a few gift shops along the way. The process to exit was annoying as you had to board a little train to be taken to the elevator. So just budget time to exit because it's not an immediate process. Also, when you do exit, you're taken out at a different spot and it's a little walk back to the entrance in case you need anything (we needed to get our stroller). We didn't have a problem getting a taxi back into town.
Went there in 2017 as part of an Educational Tour (Holocaust Theme - Auschwitz, Krakow, Budapest, Prague, Berlin, etc.) and this place might have been the only place without a dark history. Friendly guides who spoke very good English in Nutcracker Suits (red, white & black). We’re told it maintains reasonable temperature all year round so quite a refuge from the outside in the peak of summer or winter. We even picked up some souvenirs (colored salt stones from a nearby mine that’s still active). If you’re in Eastern Europe, you should stop by!