Wieliczka Salt Mine Tour - Guided tour
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The Wonder of Poland
Since you are traveling to Poland, you would like to see the top-of-the-top places, right? Guess what? We have the most beautiful attraction here in Krakow! Named the first out of 7 Wonders Of Poland....ladies and gentlemen...Wieliczka Salt Mine! Enter the salt city with us! Salt Mine in Krakow is an underground labyrinth that stretches over 9 levels (64 to 327 meters) below the surface of the Earth. A labyrinth of nearly 2,400 chambers is connected with sidewalks with a total length of 245 km. It is an invaluable monument of material culture, placed in 1978 on the UNESCO Heritage List.
Most of the visitors of Salt Mine and amazed and... surprised! For example: Have you ever wondered what Paris and Wieliczka Salt Mine have in common? The levels in the mine reach 327 meters underground which is just enough to fit the Eiffel Tower into it! Get to know more about this fascinating place with us.
- Underground galleries, chambers and lakes
- Hotel pick up and drop-off
- Positive influence on health
- One of the oldest salt mines listed on the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage List
means „God bless you” in Polish, and that’s how miners greet each other. You will meet your guide at the Danilowicz Shaft and this where the Krakow Salt Mine Tour starts. From there you will have to descend 350 steps in order to reach the final depth of 135 meters underground.
While walking along 3 kilometers of corridors you will have an opportunity to see with your own eyes the heritage left by generations of miners who devoted their life to hard work at the mine. It includes a number of carved in salt sculptures, 20 chambers and 4 chapels with the Chapel of St. Kinga being the one which leaves the most lasting impression on you.
The Chapel of St. Kinga is the only underground church in Europe. It is dedicated to Princess Kinga who is believed to have brought the salt treasure to Polish land. One of the most spectacular pieces of art to be found here are crystal chandeliers made from rock salt that have been dissolved and reconstituted to achieve a clear, glass-like glow.
God bless you trying to pronounce that!
Later on the Krakow Salt Mine Tour, you will be taken to see an underground lake which measures 9 meters in depth at its lowest point. This saline lake located 104 meters below the surface is surprisingly a wonderful spot for surfing. In 2004 it was sailed across by multiple medalists, World Champion and European Champion, Mateusz Kusznierewicz.
Another chamber in Wieliczka Salt Mine is the Stanislaw Staszic Chamber. It measures 6 m in height and it is the largest excavation on the route accessible to tourists. Did you know that the chamber is featured in the Guinness Book of World Records as the place to hold the first underground balloon flight?
A fun fact is that the volume of soil excavated from the mine during its history is enough to build 3 pyramids similar in size to the Pyramid of Cheops.
Please mind that the tour begins with climbing down 380 steps and the regular tour does not include the lift that takes you down. Please, wear comfortable shoes - the tour requires a lot of walking. The photography fee is 10 PLN that you can pay on the spot. You will get a headset to hear the guide clearly throughout the whole tour. In case of any issues you can always ask our Tour Leader for help or call our Support Center (the number will be on the sticker you get before the tour) You can book or cancel the tour up to 1 hour prior to the start of the tour. Physically challenged tourists may want to consider taking the shorter route which can be organized after picking the Salt Mine with private transport option of the tour. The temperature in Salt Mine is around 14 degrees so please take a jacket with you.
Hotel pick-up and drop off (after re-confirmation), Local guide, Entrances fees
Food and drinks
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