"Wieliczka salt mines" Wieliczka Salt Mine Tip by Dabs

Wieliczka Salt Mine, Krakow: 74 reviews and 182 photos

A short ride from central Krakow is the UNESCO World Heritage site at the Wieliczka salt mines, the oldest Polish industrial plant in continuous operation, for over 700 hundred years. Only about 2 km of the 300 km of mines are open to the public but you get to see examples of the tools and equipment used to mine the salt and chapels, statues and chandeliers made of salt.

If you enjoy the tour, stay on for the museum which is included but requires a guide.

Foreign language tours are given at various times during the day depending on the season. English language tours, according to the brochure, are at 10 am and 12:30 pm throughout the year, additional tours at 1:45 pm, 3 pm and 5 pm in July/August and 3:00 pm in June/Sept/Oct. However we were there in May and caught a 3 pm tour. Cost for the English language tour was 38 zl per person, an additional 9 zl if you wanted to take pictures.

Wear comfortable shoes and warm clothes, the temperature is around 14C all year round.

Best way to get there from Krakow was the Lux-Bus mini bus that leaves from outside the Krakow Glowny train station, look for the yellow sign near the intercity bus stops. Cost of the Lux-bus is 2 zl and they leave every 10 minutes or so. The bus makes several stops so keep an eye out for the parking and signs for Kopalnia Soli or ask the driver where to get off.

Address: ul. Danilowicza 10, Wieliczka
Directions: 10 km from central Krakow following the E-40 road
Phone: (1148) 012 278 73 02, 278 73 66
Website: http://www.kopalnia.pl/

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Jun 2, 2003
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