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