From Cracow: Wieliczka Salt Mine

Wieliczka, Poland

Explore one of the world's oldest salt mines listed on the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage List.

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Description

Going down the 380 steps into the salt mine you may have the impression of entering a magical underground city, full of mysterious caves, amazing underground lakes, majestic designs and unique salt carvings. The tourist route in the Salt Mine, included on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1978, is almost 3 km long and consist of winding corridors, 800 steps and a descend to a depth of 135 metres underground. It begins at the Daniłowicz Shaft, where the visitors meet their guide who, while showing them around, will tell them about the history and secrets of the mine, forces of nature that rule the mine, and the ethos of hard work of many generations of miners. Going down deeper and deeper, the visitors will see unusual places, take pleasure in watching the light spectacle on the banks of one of the saline lakes, and learn the famous legend of Princess Kinga, who brought a wealth of salt into the Polish soil. In the middle of the route there is St. Kinga's Chapel, a wonderful chapel dedicated to the patron saint of salt miners, decorated with extraordinary salt artworks.

Price includes

  • tour guide assistance
  • guided tour
  • entrance ticket
  • leaving the mine in a lift after the tour
  • headset to hear the guide clearly
  • transportation

Requirements

  • Wieliczka Salt Mine tour is not recommended for participants with walking disabilities (there are 800 steps on the way, including 380 right at the start) and for participants with claustrophobia
  • the guided walk through Wieliczka Salt Mine consists of 20 monumental chambers joined by 1.5 miles (2.5 kilometers) of pathways. Visitors entering the Wieliczka Salt Mine descend a 380-step staircase to Level 1 (64 meters below ground level). This walk is not strenuous and can be undertaken in ordinary footwear, however we ask you consider the walk and 380-step staircase when booking this tour. The return to the surface will be by lift up the Danilowicz Shaft, from Level 3 (135 meters below ground level)
  • the temperature in the Wieliczka Salt Mine, though constant is low (14C or 57F). That is why even in summer, warm clothes should be worn
  • taking photographs requires a special permit which may be purchased in the ticket office or during the visit itself. The permit price is PLN 10
  • the maximum size of backpacks or handbags brought into the main cannot exceed dimensions: 35x20x20 cm.
  • children must be accompanied by an adult
  • not wheelchair accessible

Meeting point

  • 7 Powisle Street, Cracow; the bus park at 7 Powisle Street, situated on the opposite side of the Sheraton Grand Krakow Hotel.
  • Hotel pickup

Additional directions

Only the centrally located Cracow hotels.

ID: 14386; Cracow Tours

Tips

  • departure point: the bus park at 7 Powiśle Street, situated on the opposite side of the Sheraton Grand Kraków Hotel or the centrally located Kraków hotels
  • departures from the particular hotels in Kraków are held 30-60 minutes earlier