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Wieliczka Salt Mines

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The Wieliczka Salt Mine is the only plant of its kind in the world. This is why UNESCO World Heritage naturally added this mining complex to the UNESCO list as one of the first 12 sites picked from around the world. It is the only mine to of maintained productivity consecutively from the middle Ages to the present time. Wieliczka Salt mines are forged in a land of salt, the passages, chambers, lakes, and the smaller tunnels connecting the main mining shafts have a total length of about 300km and are located on nine levels, reaching 327 meters deep into the earth. The tourist route is about 3.5 km long and takes about three hours to complete. Along the way, you will see chapels carved from Salt, underground lakes, countless stalagmites, stalactites, exhibitions including salt life like status and exhibitions of the original mining equipment used throughout the time the mine has been in operation. To get down to the level of the tourist route you are first faced with the descent, where you will be required to overcome 380 steps down the long stairway, reaching a depth of about 135 meters underground, luckily the tourist rout will bring you back to the exit where the mining elevator will take you up to the surface again. Using the mining elevator shaft is a great attraction, not just for kids, and a good way to finish your tour of the Wieliczka Salt mines!

The museum is open to visitors every day of the year, except January 1st , Easter day, 1st of November, 24th and 25th of December.

 

 

Location and Other Attractions in the Area

Map to wieliczka salt mines - Krakow, Poland
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The Wieliczka Salt Mines are located just outside of Krakow in Wieliczka. You can travel here from Krakow by using public transport or joining one of the many tour groups that are organized from Krakow.

Distances to the Wieliczka Salt Mines from:

Krakow:10km
Zakopane:106km
Oświęcim:67km

Other Attractions in the area:

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Krakow Historical center is located just over 10km away from the salt mines and holds a wealth of attractions for most travelers. One of the newest attractions is the underground museum. 

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Less famous, but also well worth noting is the Salt mines in Bochnia that are located some 30km to the east of the Wieliczka Salt mines. 

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The Ojcowski National Park is located about 30km away from Wieliczka to the north of Krakow. The Ojcowski National Park is the smallest national park in Poland, covering a total area of only 2145ha.

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Kazimierz is today a well-known and very popular district of Krakow, once it was an independent city. For many this was the Jewish capital of Europe before the second world war.

 

 

The Wieliczka Salt Mines can be visited every day:

  • 7.30 - 19.30 (from 1 April to 31 October)
  • 8.00 - 17.00 (from 2 November to 31 March)
  • Holy Saturday opening hours are 7.30 to 14.00, and on 31 December: 8.00 - 14.00

Ticket prices for individual tourists are as follows:

  • Normal ticket: 39zł
  • Reduced ticket: 35zł
  • Family ticket: 133zł (2 pers. Adults + 2 children aged 4 to 16 years)
  • Children under 4 free tour.

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