- Private half-day trip to the UNESCO-listed Wieliczka Salt Mine from Krakow
- Hear the history of the 700-year-old working salt mine from your guide while exploring underground
- Walk down through the public areas of the vast mine, exploring its chambers and tunnels
- See an incredible salt lake and then visit the Chapel of St Kinga where everything is carved from salt
- Visit a mining exhibition to see fascinating artifacts of mining equipment during the Middle Ages
- Take the tour at a time that suits you best, and enjoy personalized attention from your private guide
Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour
Poland's salt mines are world-renowned and a must-see on your trip. If you already have a lot of other activities planned, you can still fit this private tour in because you choose your time of departure. Super easy!
What You Can Expect
A staggering 1,072 feet (327 meters) deep, the working salt mine is a vast network of underground pits, tunnels and chambers -- mostly carved by hand from the ground’s natural salt blocks. More than 20 of the chambers plus several of the tunnels are open to the public, and your guide will introduce you to their highlights.
Walk down the underground stairs, learning about salt mining in the town nearly 700 years ago when the mine was first built, and as you explore the surrounding tunnels and chambers, your guide will point out some incredible features. See the salt lake in Eram Baracz Chamber and visit shrines such as the Chapel of St Kinga – a church where pretty much everything (from its chandeliers to the altar) is made from salt.
See mythical-looking figures carved from salt and hear about the mine’s unique microclimate that is said to benefit asthma and allergy sufferers. The public areas of the mine are also home to an exhibition that documents the history of mining in Poland, and your guide will talk you through some of the more fascinating artifacts. Learn about mining techniques in the Middle Ages and study some old maps of the mine.
Your Wieliczka Salt Mine tour finishes at a depth of 443 feet (135 meters), at which point you’ll step into the mine’s high-speed lift with your guide to return above ground. Travel back to central Krakow with your guide, finishing your trip back at your hotel.
Fantastic trip and well worth the very reasonable cost. Picked up and delivered back to the hotel in a spacious vehicle. The driver even did an extra stop for us to accommodate going to Schindler's factory. Had a private tour around the mines and the guide - Evangelina - was excellent. Thoroughly recommended!
Fantastic tour - I don't know about private guide - this was more like a private tour we hardly saw anyone else along the way - well worth paying the little bit extra for that personal attention