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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

Overall rating
4.5 / 5
based on 14,243 reviews

A fantastic way to cover two important sites in one day.

Given our limited time in Krakow and the time it would have taken to go to each of these sites independently, the tour was our best option. Paul, the driver, was friendly and efficient. The guides provided at each venue were excellent and particularly knowledgeable. The lunch provided was much larger than expected, and wound up serving as two meals. This was a very well-organized tour.

Excellent Tour - organisation a bit chaotic

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.

Wieliczka Salt Mine: 4-Hour Guided Tour from Krakow Reviewed by

Amazing place ! Guided tour was infowise very good. Though

A lot of queeing and brakes which is due to the unavoidable physical circumstances and huge crouds of people. As always guides are young and "run" - they forget that they will be old some day. We were adviced before that it is cold in the mine - actually there is warm and sweaty !

Wieliczka Salt Mine Guided Tour from Krakow Reviewed by

Well organised tour but sound quality of headphones not great

We were unable to hear the tour guide for a lot of the tour due to poor sound quality of headphones. It is however this is well organised and definitely worth going to see. Note that it involves a lot of walking including starting off with walking down 53 flights of stairs

Wonderful tour guide and a heavy, but important experience.

Our tour guide was really excellent and provided a lot of information as he drove us around - you could tell how enthusiastic he was about the topic. It was a long day, but I'm glad we did the salt mine first.

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