Wieliczka Salt Mine

Wieliczka, Poland

The Wieliczka Salt Mine was built in the 13th century and produced table salt continuously until 2007, as one of the world's oldest salt mines still in operation. From its beginning and throughout its existence, the Royal mine was run by the Żupy krakowskie Salt Mines.

The mine's attractions include dozens of statues and four chapels that have been carved out of the rock salt by the miners. The oldest sculptures are augmented by the new carvings by contemporary artists. About 1.2 million people visit the Wieliczka Salt Mine annually.

The Wieliczka salt mine reaches a depth of 327 metres and is over 287 kilometres long. In 1978 it was placed on the original UNESCO list of the World Heritage Sites. Even the crystals of the chandeliers are made from rock salt that has been dissolved and reconstituted to achieve a clear, glass-like appearance. It also houses a private rehabilitation and wellness complex.



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Founded: 13th century
Category: Statues in Poland


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hebe kuha (3 months ago)
If you visit Poland, travellers must visit the outstanding salt mine.Salt mine is one of the world's oldest operating salt mines. How was wondered how remarkable polish people are? Mind-blowing. There is a chapel and a reception room that is used for private functions, including weddings. A wooden staircase provides access to the mine's 64-metre. We had an English speaking guide who could explain everything to our group very well.
SANGMIN CHO (4 months ago)
Must visit place in Poland. Without any doubts, just go. Ordinary period, there were so many visitors from all over the world. But these days, it’s more comfortable to visit. Please check whether it’s open or not. Almost 2 hours walk for tour. Consider your health and physical condition
Lynn George (5 months ago)
Fantastic place to see for something definitely out of the ordinary. Proven artists as well as miners worked here judging by chapels, statues etc. Chandeliers made from salt crystals - it makes you wonder how they knew where to start. You like art in any form you'll find it fascinating here.
Ashley Wilkinson (10 months ago)
Really really cool location and a must see on a trip to Kraków! I booked a tour through Get Your Guide, and essentially all they did was drive us there and get the tickets from the ticket office. The mine provides its own guides. It’s really an interesting and fascinating place! At the very beginning you have to go down 350 steps, but they are wide and made of wood and they go quite quickly. If you’re tall like me (6ft / 183cm) then you have to watch your head in many places. It’s not as cold inside as I was expecting; it stays about 17°C year round and by the end of the tour I was a bit sweaty. There is a bathroom break a little over halfway through the tour (with a gift shop and snack bar) and then also another one at the end of the tour before you get on the elevator to go back to the surface. The elevator is really small. We were crammed in with 5 people, and again as a tall person my head was against the ceiling. My biggest and only complaint was the tour felt rushed. I would have liked a little more time to look around and hear a bit more of the stories and histories of the things we saw and passed. As it was, the tour still took 2 hours and we only saw 1% of the entire mine! I really enjoyed visiting here and would gladly go back.
Karol Grzeda (12 months ago)
At the age of 36, never visited in my life, honestly I regret that.? Absolutely amazing place to visit, lot of interesting things about our history, Trip take around 3km and over 2h walking, at the exit lot of shop's and restaurants, entry tickets Inc museum exhibition, Unfortunately our kid's got bored ?, so we have to give up..strongly recommended purchasing tickets on-line...
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