Overview

Wieliczka Salt Mine, often called the 'Underground Salt Cathedral of Poland', is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Poland and was listed as one of the first UNESCO Cultural and Natural Heritage in 1978. It features a very unique character and beauty that has been molded by nature through millions of years. During the nine centuries of salt exploitation, the salt mine developed into a large-scale underground city with a very unique and interesting atmosphere.

The salt mine has been visited since the 15th century and therefore serves as an important cultural and geological phenomenon for the city. The mine consists of nine floors, around 3000 chambers and over 300 kilometers of galleries! The route you’ll follow is about 2 kilometer long and includes 22 chambers that are connected by galleries. Your guide will lead you through the mine to gaze upon the ancient shafts, mining machines and equipment, mysterious salt lakes, sculptures, bas-reliefs, and then the legendary St. Kinga’s chapel.

At the end of the tour you’ll be glad to know that there is a nice restaurant waiting for weary visitors where you can enjoy lunch and rest soar feet.

This activity includes:

English speaking local guide - Bus transport - Courier - Insurance

    Traveler Reviews

  • “Good service at good price”
    Rating: 4 Reviewed on August 22, 2017

    I booked Jewish quarter and old town tour by electric cart and also booked salt mine tour. Price is reasonable and service is great.

  • “Pick up from hotel 45 mins late and we were rushed around Auschwitz and Birkenau.”
    Rating: 2 Reviewed on August 22, 2017

    The trip was advertised of 7and a half hours Auschwitz and Birkenau. We were picked up 45 mins late, we went through security and met our guide at Auschwitz we could not hear her as to her rushing...

  • “Auschwitz - Birkenau 7 hour tour”
    Rating: 5 Reviewed on August 19, 2017

    This tour was well organised, the bus picked us up from Old Town Krakow and we drove for around 90 mins to the camps. The guide from Cracow City Tours was very knowledgeable, we were on a bus that...

Meeting point

Matejki Square

On arrival

The meeting point is in front of our office, Cracow City Tours, on Matejki Square number 2.

Things to note

Please note:
-20 chambers are visited - the Chapel of St. King being the most outstanding.
-The average tour length is approximately 2.5 hour.
-There is always a licensed guide that leads the groups.
-Temperatures underground usually range between 14° and 16° C so dress appropriately.
-There are 800 steps to climb of which 350 at the beginning take you down into the mine. Wear comfortable shoes.
-Toilet facilities are spaced along the route respectively, 40 and 90 minutes from the moment of beginning the visit.
-Smoking and using an open fire in the mine is strictly forbidden.
-Animals are strictly forbidden inside the mine. The mine does not offer any animal shelters of its own for your pets.
-You have to pay for a permit to take photos and shoot films inside the Salt Mines in Wieliczka.
-During high season the tour can take up to 7 hours.