"Wieliczka Salt Mine" Poland Off The Beaten Path Tip by call_me_rhia

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  inside the Wieliczka Salt Mine
by call_me_rhia

The Wieliczka Salt Mine is now on the list of the UNESCO World Heritage places. It's a unique museum - one that will fascinate both adults and children. Mining started here in the 13th century and it is still actively mined. The mine is spread over 9 levels and there are 300 km of galleries - some of which you can visit - by guided-tour only, of course - since it's a maze of galleries. The visit lasts 2 hours and is led by a miner: there are visits in several languages. While miners worked in Wieliczka they also spent some of their free time sculpting the salt in the mine - I'm not sure of the reason, and as a result there are now many chambers with works of art, altars, figures and statues sculpted in salt. It's such a strange, charming place that words can't really do it justice (well, the UNESCO people did, by placing it under their protection). To get there take the Lux-Bus mini-vans leaving regularily (as soon as one is full) from Krakow train station (Dworzec Glowny): the trip costs around 2.50 zloti and takes about 20 minutes. Ask for the "Kopalnia Soli" bus stop and then head uphill for 200 metres.

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  • Written Oct 9, 2003
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