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Wieliczka Salt Mine
Weilickza Salt Mine
Weilickza Salt Mine
Wieliczka Salt Mine
Walking Tour of Krakow Old Town
Go for: Skip-the-line tickets
Go for: Entry tickets with transfers
Go for: Combo tours
About 101 meters underground you will find the chapel of St Kinga, the patron saint of 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.
Established in 1951, it is the largest underground museum in Europe. Located on the third level of the mine, you will find artifacts, information about the Wieliczka Salt Mine, and a geological exhibit here. The most valuable artifact here is the Renaissance Horn of the Diggers' Brotherhood dating back to 1534.
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.
The Wieliczka Salt Mine contains several brine lakes. One of the popular of these salt lakes is the one in the Weimar Chamber. A popular spot for proposals, the lake has a teal hue because of the high level of sodium chloride. This is the saltiest water body in the world.
Duration: You will cover a distance of 3.5 km at the Wieliczka Salt Mine, which will take approximately 2 hours to complete.
Best time to visit: For ideal weather, visit between May and September, which happens to be the peak season for tourism. During these months, plan your trip to the mine early or late in the day, when it is less crowded. November to March is the best time to visit for those who wish to avoid crowds.
Address: Daniłowicza 10, 32-020 Wieliczka, Poland
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Here are some accommodation options near the Wieliczka Salt Mine:
Budget Hotels: Hotel Górsko
Mid-range Hotels: The Grand Sal Hotel, Hotel Galicja, Hotel Lenart, Turówka Hotel & Spa
You can also choose to stay at The “Wieliczka” Salt Mine Health Resort and take advantage of the health benefits that the Wieliczka Salt Mine boasts of.
Karczma Górnicza: Complete your tour of the mine by sitting at a wooden table as a miner would after a shift, at this diner 125 m underground. Devour some Polish classics such as Sour Rye Soup and Cottage Cheese Dumplings.
Bistro Posolone: Located on the surface, right next to the Daniłowicz Shaft. Choose from a wide range of salads, burgers, 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. Their menu changes with the season.
Dzień Dobry: Enjoy a quiet meal at this no-frills offering Polish perogies snd potato dumplings. Only a 7-minute walk away.
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, 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 salt mine and offers a compelling look into a different aspect of history.
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.
A. Yes, the Wieliczka Salt Mine tours are open for visitors.
A. Yes, Wieliczka Salt Mine tickets can be bought online.
A. The Wieliczka Salt Mine tickets price starts from €34.45
A. The Wieliczka Salt Mine is 327 meters deep and extends across 287 km via horizontal passages and chambers.
A. The Wieliczka Salt Mine tour takes about 2 hours.
A. Discounts on the Wieliczka Salt Mine tickets are available for children aged less than 17 years and students under 26 years.
A. Depending upon the experience selected, visitors can get a full refund on their Wieliczka Salt Mine tickets if they cancel 48 hours or 24 hours prior to the tour, depending on the experience they selected.
A. Yes, there are two eateries located on the Wieliczka Salt Mine premises.
A. Yes. There is one 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.
A. For lesser crowds, visit Wieliczka Salt Mine between November to March.