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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.
The Wieliczka Salt Mine began operations in the 13th century, and is the oldest salt mine in the world still in operation.
You can now take tours of parts of the mine, and wonder at underground lakes, intricate salt carvings, and the salt chapels.
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.
You can choose to stay in the mine in one of the wonderful hotels - enjoying the benefits of the clean air and calming atmosphere.
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.
The salt mines are open to tourists for tours Monday to Friday 9:00AM to 5:00PM.
Tours last roughly three hours, allowing you to enjoy an extensive look at the mines, learn about their history and see the cultural attractions.
- 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
A good day out. Amazing place. Lots of steps & walking involved but other options available for different disabilities. Temperature is always constant 14-16deg controlled, but was actually more like 20deg... no jackets needed. Air quality was really good & healthy! They have free storage of items you don't want to carry around. Guide was good & entertaining, although he spoke quickly and muffled/mumbled a bit. Headphone system didn't work great... better to be close to the guide & not use. Legs ached the next day, so it was a good workout :)...
What a great trip, our driver was very friendly and spoke good English. Once we arrived at the mine everything was very well organised, and our guide was very knowledgeable. My wife and I both thoroughly enjoyed our trip well worth the visit. One thing to bear in mind is that you will need to be fairly fit as you will descend to 145 metres underground and it is all steps, hundreds of them but don't be put off as the lift back to the top is quite an experience. Go for it and enjoy.
I booked this tour for myself and my 2 English-speaking friends. I loved how easy it was to find the meeting point and how everything was well organized. There was no need for transportation since there are public buses running between Cracow and Wieliczka (bus stop: Kopalnia Soli). The Salt Mine was really fun and we learned a lot from the tour guide. I only wish we had more time to explore the mine but I guess these are the constraints of such a touristy place. Great tour!
We stayed at an Airbnb and still picked up outside, on time after a text instruction. We had a small mini van which showed an informative film on the 50 min journey. Our 1st guide was extremely knowledgeable and respectful throughout the camp tour. Lunch was enjoyable before the Salt Mines. Our guide here was also knowledgeable and the tour was incredible. We were picked up at 7.30am - back at 6.30pm. Would highly recommend this tour.
The tour itself was excellent with a extremely knowledgable guide in Joanna. Only criticism was the organisation from the pickup point and transportation was chaotic. We were dropped of at a completely different place from where we were picked up. There was also no guide on the return journey on the coach.