Wieliczka Salt Mine is a priceless monument which was placed on UNESCO World Heritage List in 1978. It is a place that guarantees extraordinary experiences and a great adventure. Visiting the mine is an interesting journey into the depths of the earth, a space which was discovered more than 700 years ago and where air is free from pollutants, so bothersome and common on the earth’s surface.
You will get to know Wieliczka Salt Mine by taking a tourist route – a route that leads through an extraordinary underground city hiding many secrets, like chambers carved in salt, majestic carpentry structures, underground lakes or unique salt works of sculptural art. It is a fascinating journey through a maze of corridors carved in rock, over 2 km long and descending more than 130 meters underground. During the walk you will learn a fascinating story about a place stolen from nature and about the people who have made its history over the centuries. Wieliczka Salt Mine – touch the secret!
- The heart of the mine – St. Kinga’s Chapel, entirely carved in salt, where holy mass is celebrated every Sunday
- A chamber dedicated to Nicolaus Copernicus, who was one of the first tourists to visit the mine more than 500 years ago
- The Burnt Chamber, which takes its name from a fire that broke out here in the 18th century
- Józef Piłsudski’s Cave, filled with brine on the bottom
- The Michałowice Chamber, 35 meters high, with a beautiful chandelier decorated with thousands of tiny salt crystals
Why Travelers Choose This Tour
Wieliczka Salt Mine is a Polish national treasure on a global scale – it was placed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. In addition, various miracles took place in the mine – it was here that records were broken for flying a balloon underground, underground bungee jumping or sliding windsurfing on one of the lakes, etc. However, the truth is that the greatest miracle is that since the 13th century until today men have excavated 250 kilometres of corridors applying simple manual work. Even more, they managed to create underground chambers so large that a balloon could be erected in them (their total capacity is 2,000 Olympic swimming pools! ) and which operated on as many as 9 underground levels. During the tour, you will discover 3 underground levels.
Local Impact: How you will help the local community by joining this tour?
On this tour, we use transport owned by a local owner. Your tour guide and driver are also local residents. For these people, this is a regular job, not just a hobby. An official Wieliczka guide, who lives nearby and is part of the local community, will show you the Wieliczka Salt Mine. After the tour you can buy souvenirs made by local artisans. All this provides residents with benefits of tourism. Your tour includes an entrance fee to the mine, which supports, among other things, the hardship of maintaining the site that you will visit.
Departure & Return
Our main meeting points in Krakow:
- Kiss and Ride Park / Dajwór 65, 31-052 Krakow
- Kiss and Ride Park / Dietla 91, 31-031 Krakow
- Reception desk at Holiday Inn Hotel / Wielopole 4, 31-072 Krakow
- Reception desk at Vienna House Andel’s Cracow / Pawia 3, 31-154 Krakow
- Kiss and Ride Park / Garbarska 2, 31-131 Krakow
- Reception desk at Radisson Blu Hotel, Straszewskiego 17, 31-101 Krakow
- Reception desk at the Sheraton Grand Hotel Krakow, Powiśle 7, 31-101 Krakow
We will pick you up from one of our main meeting points located in the centre of Kraków or from your hotel reception.
Transfer to the Wieliczka Salt Mine by air-conditioned minibus (~ 40 min.)
During the journey, your tour guide will inform you about the details of the tour.
Visiting the Wieliczka Salt Mine (~ 2h)
An official Wieliczka guide will show you all the secrets of the historic mine in the language of your choice. Admission tickets are prepaid, so you don't have to worry about anything. You will visit, among others:
• St. Kinga's Chapel whose design took almost 70
• The Michałowice Chamber with an impressive size
and with an impressive wooden structure
protecting the excavation
• A collection of mining machinery and equipment
• Brine lakes unique on the surface
After sightseeing (~ 10min.)
After the tour, you will take the elevator back to the surface.
If you purchased the option of the tour – Skip the Line Ticket (no transport) - you will end your tour here without transport.
Return to Krakow of the Wieliczka Salt Mine (~ 40min.)
You will be dropped off at the location from which you were picked up for the tour.
- Services of a professional tour guide
- Entrance tickets with photo permission
- Transport services, unless otherwise arranged
- Services of the Wieliczka guide
- Obligatory headphones and receivers
- Lift transfer back to the surface after the sightseeing
Price does not include
- Food and Drinks
Take your ID if you are purchasing a discounted ticket.
You can bring luggage with a maximum size of 35 x 20 x 20 cm to the premises of the Wieliczka Salt Mine. If you have larger luggage, please inform your tour guide.
How to dress
Visiting the mine is available to people of all ages, but keep in mind that there are 800 steps to walk down - please wear comfortable shoes.
The temperature in the mine varies between 17 and 18 degrees Celsius throughout the year. In summer, please bring a sweater.
Our tour is not wheelchair accessible. Some of the underground workings are adapted for people who are not independently mobile. To visit this part of the mine, please contact our Reservation Department - write an e-mail to the following address: email@example.com.
You can take an assistance dog or a guide for the blind and visually impaired people to the mine.
You can take an umbrella stroller (foldable) on the trail, but remember that there are a lot of stairs along the way (about 800), and there is no place underground where you can leave the stroller. It may be a good idea to take a baby carrier or a scarf.
Toilets are available in the basement, twice during the tour.
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