"Salt Mines" Wieliczka Salt Mine Tip by doogienj

Wieliczka Salt Mine, Krakow: 74 reviews and 182 photos

  Salt chandaliers in the chapel
by doogienj

When I first read of the salt mines, I was honestly not very excited. But I sure am glad that I went. The mines are on the UNESCO World Heritage list. It took about 20 minute to drive there from the Cracovia hotel where the tour left. I used Cracow Tours which I was very satisfied with. They had large busses that were comfortable. Tickets can be bought at the hotel before departure, or on the buss if you prefer one of their other pick up locations.

The mines were established some 700 years ago. They finally closed for production in 1997. It's 10 levels deep and over 250 meters below ground. It's impressive to see how the developed horse operated elevators to get the salt up and down. Working in the salt mines were very dangerous, but also well paid.

Everything in the mine is made from salt. The floors, walls, ceilings and decorations. In spots is white and you can break it off and taste it. All the art work was made by local amateur miners. The chapel is truely breathtaking. It is difficult to take pictures in the mine due to the low light, unless you have a tripod or super strong flash.

The tour stats with a brisk 400 stairs descent to 150 meters below. Thankfully the tour ends with a very crowded real miners elevator ride back up for 45 seconds.

Phone: +48 12 278 73 02
Website: http://www.krakow-tours.pl

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Apr 15, 2005
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