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5 Things To Know about the Wieliczka Salt Mine

One of Poland's top tourist attractions, a world-class monument and one of UNESCO's World Culture and Natural Heritage sites. Here's a little bit of history about the mine, and what to expect when you visit.

Original Purpose

Original Purpose

The Wieliczka Salt Mine began operations in the 13th century, and is the oldest salt mine in the world still in operation.

Tourist routes

Tourist routes

You can now take tours of parts of the mine, and wonder at underground lakes, intricate salt carvings, and the salt chapels.

Health resort

Health resort

Using the medicinal properties of the enviroment, an innovative treatment therapy has been created in the mine resort with a number of wonderful health benefits.

Accommodation

Accommodation

You can choose to stay in the mine in one of the wonderful hotels - enjoying the benefits of the clean air and calming atmosphere.

Attractions

Attractions

Make sure to check what events are on when you visit - if you time it right you can see Europe's oldest mining orchestra, or some live salt sculpture making.

Our insider tips

What are the opening hours?

The salt mines are open to tourists for tours Monday to Friday 9:00AM to 5:00PM.

How long do tours last?

Tours last roughly three hours, allowing you to enjoy an extensive look at the mines, learn about their history and see the cultural attractions.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    Tours available Monday through Friday, 9:00AM to 5:00PM.
  • Is it expensive?
    A non-Polish adult ticket is 79PLN, which is about $21.
  • Will I need a guide?
    It will definitely help. Might be worth it to check out our best-selling tours.
  • How to get there
    By train, head to the Wieliczka Rynek Kopalnia train station, or take the 304 bus to Wieliczka Kopalnia Soli.
  • Additional information
    ** Discount tickets are available for groups and for families. | Make sure you wear warm clothes and comfortable shoes! There are 800 steps to climb!*

What people are saying about Wieliczka Salt Mine

Helpful and informative while not too overwhelming

The tour is very informative. Driver was very helpful in all occasion from waiting for us earlier than the promised time, helping secure our belonging, leading us to the tour guide and preparing the food for us. The journey to Auschwitz didn’t feel long at all with the documentary shown. Anna, our tour guide for Auschwitz and Birkenau was very knowledgable and passionate on educating us about the lesson learnt from the holocaust. The tour guide for Wieliczka Salt Mine was charming and funny, lightening up our mood and putting the perfect ending to the tour.

Informative & Made You Feel Like You Were There

The tour of Auschwitz was unbelievable! The guide spoke with such pain, love, emotion that at moments made me tear up. The way she looked at you as if you were the only person she was taking on the tour was hypnotizing and hew emotions in her voice sounded as if she were about to break into tears as well - made me want to hug her. Highly recommend this tour! Wish I caught the tour guide's name to compliment her directly (Short, dark curly hair - if that helps?). The tour of the Salt Mine was absolutely mind blowing! To think what we explored was only 1% of the full mine is crazy! The tour guide was very friendly and informative as well as patient for a lot of us in the group taking photos. This was a great tour to do! The driver that collected me and my friend form our hotel for this day trip was great. Spoke professionally in the van, was VERY helpful with lending a charging point in his van for me and my friend as our phones batteries were not keeping up with the photo taking.

Friendly, courteous and efficient guides.

Derek our driver was punctual, courteous and looked after us during out day. The guide we had for Auschwitz/Birkenau was exceptionally good. He was an excellent, clear and articulate speaker who handled a difficult topic well.

Fantastic well organised day with a great guide!

Really good day, well organised, The only thing that could be better was the pick up time could be given earlier, we found out the evening before, so planning breakfast was a nightmare. But a fantastic day.

It was very nice to combine all those in one day

It was unique experience and the day was very nice for the tour, i enjoyed everything and i felt more than pleasant. For 12 hours i didnt feel bored or tired, i would do the same again in future because it combines so much in one day!

From Kraków: Auschwitz-Birkenau & Salt Mine in 1 Day Reviewed by KONSTANTINOS, 04/29/2019

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