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Discover the Majestic Wieliczka Salt Mine

The Wieliczka Salt Mine is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with a history of more than 700 years. The mine is a testament to human ingenuity and craftsmanship, boating labyrinthine passages, stunning chambers, and intricate salt sculptures.

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Kopalnia soli Wieliczka

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RECOMMENDED DURATION

3 hours

Timings

8am–6pm

VISITORS PER YEAR

1200000

NUMBER OF ENTRANCES

2

EXPECTED WAIT TIME - STANDARD

30-60 mins (Peak), 0-30 mins (Off Peak)

EXPECTED WAIT TIME - SKIP THE LINE

0-30 mins (Peak), 0-30 mins (Off Peak)

UNESCO YEAR

1978

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Did you know?

Lying at a depth of 1073 feet, the Wieliczka Salt Mine plunges even deeper than the height of the Eiffel Tower by approximately 10 feet.

The mine has 800 stairs and an extensive tunnel network that stretches almost 300 kilometers across nine levels.

Salt's unique preservation properties have kept ancient mining tools and machinery remarkably intact inside the mine, offering a glimpse into centuries-old mining practices and technology.

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Wieliczka Salt Mine highlights

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St. Kinga's Chapel

Explore the breathtaking underground salt cathedral, St. Kinga's Chapel carved entirely from salt, adorned with intricate salt crystal chandeliers.

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Salt sculptures

See the stunning salt sculptures depicting historical figures and mythical creatures. These salt statues showcases the salt miners' artistic prowess.

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Underground lake

Experience the surreal beauty of an underground Wieliczka Salt Mine lake, adding a touch of mystique to your subterranean journey.

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Miner's Route

Embark on the Miner's Route tour, delving into the daily life of the salt miners and the challenges they faced while working in the mine.

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Tourist's Route

Explore this route and learn about the mining tools and machines, methods of salt extraction, and transportation used in the old days.

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Underground salt museum

Explore the informative Krakow Saltworks Musuem offering insights into the mine's rich history, mining tools & techniques, and its cultural significance.

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Chamber of Casimir the Great

Visit this grand chamber, named after the medieval king, featuring intricate salt carvings and historical displays.

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St. Anthony's Chapel

Admire another underground chapel in the mine, known for its salt reliefs and serene atmosphere.

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Karczma Górnicza

Refuel at the Karczma Górnicza, the underground Wieliczka Salt Mine restaurant offering traditional Polish dishes and providing a unique dining experience.

History of Wieliczka Salt Mine

  • Established in the 13th century, the Wieliczka Salt Mine, Krakow, Poland, has witnessed the toil of salt mine workers and the shifting tides of history. 
  • King Casimir III, recognizing its strategic significance, granted it town privileges in 1368. The mine quickly became a crucial source of salt, a commodity as precious as gold in medieval times. 
  • Over the centuries, technological innovations transformed the mine into a marvel of engineering, attracting visitors from all over. You will witness the evolution from primitive tools to intricate machinery as you explore the labyrinthine passages. 
  • The mine was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978. Intriguing tales of miners, monarchs, and technological ingenuity await those who delve into the historical narrative of Wieliczka Salt Mine.

Who built Wieliczka Salt Mine?

Who built Wieliczka Salt Mine?

Frequently asked questions about Wieliczka Salt Mine

What is Wieliczka Salt Mine?

The Wieliczka Salt Mine, Poland, is an underground marvel, a historic salt mine near Kraków, Poland, known for its intricate salt chambers and chapels.

Why should I go on a Wieliczka Salt Mine tour?

Wieliczka Salt Mine, a UNESCO World Heritage site, offers a unique underground experience. Explore stunning salt chambers and intricate salt sculptures, and discover the fascinating history of salt mining in an awe-inspiring subterranean world.

What is a salt mine?

A salt mine is an underground excavation where salt is extracted from deposits found beneath the Earth's surface. These mines have been essential throughout history, providing salt for preserving food and various industrial processes. The Wieliczka Salt Mine near Krakow, Poland, is one such remarkable example.

How can I get tickets to Wieliczka Salt Mine?

You can purchase Wieliczka Salt Mine tickets online and save both time and money.

Are there guided tours available at Wieliczka Salt Mine?

Yes, guided tours of Wieliczka Salt Mine are available, providing in-depth insights into the mine's history and unique features.

Who built Wieliczka Salt Mine?

The mine evolved over centuries with contributions from generations of salt miners.

When did Wieliczka Salt Mine open?

The mine dates back to the 13th century, continually evolving throughout the centuries.

What’s inside Wieliczka Salt Mine?

There are salt-carved chambers, chapels, sculptures, and an underground lake showcasing the mine's rich history.

How deep is Wieliczka Salt Mine?

The Wieliczka Salt Mine depth is 327 meters or 1072.83 feet.

How many stairs are there in Wieliczka Salt Mine?

There are 800 stairs in the Wieliczka Salt Mine.

What are the Wieliczka Salt Mine opening hours?

Wieliczka Salt Mine is open daily from 9 AM to 5 PM.

Where is Wieliczka Salt Mine?

Wieliczka Salt Mine is located in Wieliczka, approximately 10 kilometers southeast of Kraków city center. The official address is Daniłowicza 10, 32-020 Wieliczka, Poland.

Is Wieliczka Salt Mine wheelchair accessible?

Some areas may be challenging for wheelchair users. Certain sections have accessible routes and elevators.

Is photography allowed at Wieliczka Salt Mine?

Yes, photography is permitted for personal use. However, some chambers may have restrictions.

What other attractions are near Wieliczka Salt Mine?

Nearby attractions include Kościół św. Sebastiana w Wieliczce, Stok pod Baranem, Salt City Center for Education and Recreation, the historic town of Wieliczka, and the Kraków city center.

What is the temperature inside Wieliczka Salt Mine?

The Wieliczka Salt Mine temperature remains constant throughout the year, hovering around 14°C-16°C.