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Wieliczka Salt Mine | One of world's oldest salt mines

The Wieliczka Salt Mine near Krakow, Poland, is one of the world's most famous salt mines, boasting a history of more than 700 years. While commercial salt mining was discontinued in 1996, the hollowed-out caverns left from digging have transformed over the years into a tourist attraction. The mine is now an official Polish Historic Monument and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Keep reading to find everything you need to plan a visit to this historic site.

Why visit the Wieliczka Salt Mine?

Why visit the Wieliczka Salt Mine?

Which Wieliczka Salt Mine ticket is best for you?

Wieliczka Salt Mine Tickets

If you are short on time

Go for: Skip-the-line tickets
Guide: Yes

  • Go on a well-organized Wieliczka tour to make the most of your visit in a limited time. A knowledgeable guide will provide fascinating insights into the mine's history and legends.
  • Avoid waiting in long lines at the entrance & get more time to explore the salt mine with the skip-the-line entry ticket. 

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If you're looking for hassle-free transfers

Go for: Entry tickets with transfers
Guide: Yes

  • Go on a guided tour of Wieliczka Salt Mine with convenient round-trip transfers to and from a meeting point in Krakow or your hotel in an air-conditioned vehicle.
  • A knowledgeable guide will enrich your journey with historical narratives and intriguing stories about the underground salt mine.

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If you want to explore beyond

Go for: Combo tours
Guide: Yes

  • Maximize your adventure with combo tours that include visits to other prominent attractions like Auschwitz-Birkenau, Schindler's Factory, or Krakow Old Town.
  • An Auschwitz and salt mine tour is a great way to experience the diverse cultural and historical heritage of the region while gaining insights from a professional guide.

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Wieliczka Salt Mine highlights

Wieliczka Salt Mine St Kingas Chapel

St Kinga’s Chapel

About 101 meters underground you will find the chapel of St Kinga, the patron saint of the salt miners. The three-piece altar and the bas-relief depicting the Last Supper are some of the most important elements here. You will also find reliefs depicting events described in the Scripture, such as the wedding in Cana or the escape to Egypt.

Wieliczka Salt Mine Museum

Krakow Saltworks Museum

Established in 1951, it is the largest underground museum in Europe. Located on the third level, this Wieliczka Salt Mine museum boasts ancient artifacts, exhibits on the salt mine's history, and a geological exhibit. The most valuable artifact of this underground salt museum is the Renaissance Horn of the Diggers' Brotherhood from 1534.

Wieliczka Salt Mine - Stanisław Staszic Chamber

Stanisław Staszic Chamber

The Stanisław Staszic Chamber is 36-meters and is the tallest structure in the Wieliczka Salt Mine. In fact, due to its large size, a world record attempt for underground ballooning was hosted here in 2000. Balloonist Krzysztof Rekas managed to float 7 feet off the cavern floor, 410 feet underground.

Wieliczka Salt Mine Underground salt lakes

Underground salt lakes

The mine has several brine lakes and the most popular Wieliczka Salt Mine lake is the one in the Weimar Chamber. A popular spot for proposals, this lake has a teal hue because of the high level of sodium chloride in its water. 

Wieliczka Salt Mine - Salt labyrinth

Salt labyrinth

Walk through the mystical salt labyrinth with walls of glistening salt crystals. Carved by the skilled hands of miners, these winding corridors echo centuries of history. You can also taste salt by taking some from the walls of the passageways.

Wieliczka Salt Mine - Salt sculptures

Salt sculptures

Prepare to be awestruck by the salt sculptures – a testament to the artistic prowess hidden within the mine's depths. Marvel at intricate sculptures, including chandeliers, altarpieces, and even life-sized figures, all meticulously carved from salt.

Wieliczka Salt Mine Chapel

St Anthony's Chapel

This salt mine cathedral showcases the ethereal beauty of salt-carved religious sculptures. This underground sanctuary, adorned with salt crystals and intricate carvings, offers a unique blend of spirituality and craftsmanship.

Wieliczka Salt Mine - Chamber of Casimir the Great

Chamber of Casimir the Great

The Chamber of Casimir is named after the medieval monarch who played a pivotal role in the mine's development. The chamber boasts King Casimir's stunningly carved statue and showcases the grandeur of salt mining history through artifacts, tools, and illustrations. 

Chamber of Casimir the Great - The "Last Supper" bas-relief

The "Last Supper" bas-relief

Crafted by the skilled miner-sculptor Antoni Wyrobek, this masterpiece draws inspiration from Leonardo da Vinci's iconic work, 'The Last Supper'. As you admire the intricacies, don't miss the other captivating reliefs in St. Kinga's Chapel depicting biblical tales like the wedding in Cana and the escape to Egypt.

The Weimar Chamber at Wieliczka Salt Mine

The Weimar Chamber

It is an underground chamber where the gentle glow of candlelight dances off the walls, and a tranquil brine lake glistens in the background, creating a scene straight out of a fairy tale. No wonder it's so popular among the love birds for marriage proposals!

Plan your visit to Wieliczka Salt Mine

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Wieliczka Salt Mine Tickets Facilities
  • Wifi: Wieliczka Salt Mine offers a free WiFi facility in selected areas. 
  • Toilets: There is a toilet located right next to the Daniłowicz Shaft, which you can use before the start of the tour. Toilets are also available underground in two locations.
  • Refreshments: Food and drink options are available at the underground Wieliczka Salt Mine restaurant, the Karczma Górnicza. It is located 125 meters underground. There's also Bistro Posolone, located next to the Daniłowicz Shaft.
  • ATM: ATMs and currency exchange are located near the Daniłowicz Shaft. All outlets in the Mine accept card payments.
  • Changing rooms: A changing table and special chairs have been made available at Karczma Górnicza for those traveling with children.
  • Luggage storage at the mine is provided free of charge near the Danilowicz Shaft. If you're carrying large bags or luggage, you can utilize this facility.
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  • A portion of the Tourist Route, spanning from levels II (3 to 7 excavations) to the underground exhibition at level III in the Cracow Saltworks Museum, has been modified to accommodate visitors with mobility impairments. These sections have been designed without stairs and include wheelchair-accessible transportation options.
  • Visitors facing mobility challenges are permitted to explore this section accompanied by a caregiver. However, due to space limitations in the elevator, wheelchairs used by visitors with mobility issues must not exceed dimensions of 100 x 58 x 170 centimeters.
  • Please note that the tours accommodating visitors with mobility issues are scheduled exclusively as either the first or last tour of the day, primarily due to organizational considerations.
Tips for visiting the Wieliczka Salt Mine, Poland
  • Book tickets in advance: Purchase Wieliczka Salt Mine tickets online in advance to avoid standing in long queues and ensure guaranteed entry.
  • Possible claustrophobia: This experience may not be suitable for people with claustrophobia since it involves moving and staying in a confined space like narrow galleries, the mine lift, etc.
  • Wear comfortable shoes: With 800 stairs and miles of underground passages to explore, comfortable footwear is a must. Opt for sturdy, closed-toe shoes.
  • Accessibility: Some of the underground excavations are wheelchair accessible. People with mobility issues should contact the visitor center in advance to ask about optional routes. 
  • Layer up: The temperature underground remains relatively constant throughout the year, hovering around 14°C-16°C. Dress in layers to adapt to the underground climate.
  • Item restrictions: Electric torches, open flames, cigarettes (including e-cigarettes), and animals (except service dogs) are not allowed inside the salt mine.
Wieliczka Salt Mine Tickets stay

Budget: Hotel Krakus, Shalom KazimierzHostel Wieliczka - Pokoje i noclegi w Wieliczce

Mid-budget: Perfect HotelHotel SolnyEko Motel on Wierzynka

Luxury: Turówka Hotel & SPAHoliday Inn Krakow City Centre, an IHG HotelHotel Grand Sal Wieliczka

You can also choose to stay at The “Wieliczka” Salt Mine Health Resort and take advantage of the health benefits that the underground salt mine boasts of.

Wieliczka Salt Mine Tickets Dining
  • Karczma Górnicza: Complete your underground salt mine experience at this diner, located 125 m underground, by sitting at a wooden table as a miner would after his shift. Devour some Polish classics like Sour Rye Soup and Cottage Cheese Dumplings.
  • Bistro Posolone: It is located on the surface, right next to the Daniłowicz Shaft, offering a wide range of salads, burgers, and pasta, as well as coffee and desserts.
  • Grand Sal Hotel Restaurant: Check out local dishes from Małopolska, as well as specialties from all over the world at this fancy restaurant. Their menu changes with the season.
  • Dzień Dobry: Enjoy a quiet meal at this no-frills offering Polish perogies and potato dumplings. Only a 7-minute walk away.

Explore beyond Wieliczka Salt Mine

Auschwitz Birkenau

Auschwitz-Birkenau

Auschwitz-Birkenau, located about an hour's drive from Wieliczka, is a sobering reminder of the Holocaust. This former concentration and extermination camp is now a museum and memorial, preserving the memory of those who suffered during World War II. 

Schindler's Factory

Schindler's Factory

Schindler's Factory, located in Krakow, is a museum dedicated to Oskar Schindler, a German businessman who saved the lives of over a thousand Polish-Jewish refugees during World War II. It's a short drive from the Wieliczka mine and offers a compelling look into a different aspect of history.

Krakow Old Town

Krakow Old Town

Krakow Old Town is a beautifully preserved medieval city center that's bustling with life. Explore the stunning architecture, visit the iconic Wawel Castle, and stroll through the charming Market Square. Don't forget to savor traditional Polish cuisine in one of the many cafes lining the streets.

Frequently asked questions about Wieliczka Salt Mine tickets

Can I buy Wieliczka Salt Mine tickets online?

Yes, Wieliczka Salt Mine tickets can be bought online.

How much does the Wieliczka Salt Mine tickets cost?

The Wieliczka Salt Mine tickets price starts from zł98. This typically includes a guided tour of the Wieliczka Salt Mine with an expert guide available in multiple languages, skip-the-line entry, and access to the Tourist Route of the mine.

How big is the Wieliczka Salt Mine?

The Wieliczka Salt Mine is 327 meters deep and extends across 287 km via horizontal passages and salt chambers.

How long is a Wieliczka Salt Mine tour?

The Wieliczka Salt Mine tour takes around 2-4 hours.

Are any discounts available for the Wieliczka Salt Mine tickets?

Discounts on the Wieliczka Salt Mine tickets are available for children aged less than 17 years and students under 26 years.

Can I eat at the Wieliczka Salt Mine?

Yes, there are two eateries located on the Wieliczka Salt Mine premises- one 125 m underground and the other at the surface.

Are there washroom facilities at the Wieliczka Salt Mine?

Yes. There is one located right next to the Daniłowicz Shaft, which you can use before the start of the tour. Two toilets are also available underground.

What is the duration of a Wieliczka Salt Mine tour from Krakow?

The duration of a Wieliczka Salt Mine tour from Krakow can be anywhere between 3 to 4.5 hours.