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  • Location: Krakow, Poland
  • Duration:  3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
Leave Krakow behind and spend a fascinating morning or afternoon touring the legendary Wieliczka Salt Mine, one of the oldest salt mines in Europe. Along with the mine's historical importance, its carvings of fabulous figures, monuments and altarpieces have earned the Wieliczka Salt Mine a place on the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage list.

Highlights

  • Morning or afternoon trip to the Wieliczka Salt Mine from Krakow
  • Guided walk through the salt mine
  • Chapel of the Blessed Kinga
  • Underground salt-mining exhibition
  • Expert English-speaking guide
  • Pickup and drop off from selected Krakow hotels

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What You Can Expect

Wieliczka Salt Mine Half-Day Trip from Krakow

Wieliczka Salt Mine, Poland

Legend has it that the salt mines were part of the dowry of the Hungarian princess, Kinga, when she married Boleslaw the Shy over 700 years ago. You'll tour the richly ornamented Chapel of the Blessed Kinga and visit an underground salt-mining exhibition on Level 3.

Your guided tour takes you from 210 to 440 feet (64 to 135 meters) underground, passing through galleries and chambers on three levels. The guided walk consists of 20 monumental chambers joined by 1.5 miles (2.5 kilometers) of pathways.

Entering the Wieliczka Salt Mine, you'll descend a 380-step staircase to Level 1. Although this walk is not strenuous and can be undertaken in ordinary footwear, it will need to be considered when booking this tour. The last stop on your visit to the mine is the souvenir shop and snack bar. From here, a lift carries you back to the surface.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

I really enjoyed this trip. We went in the late afternoon and the mines were very quiet with very few small parties wandering around. I was able to see everything easily and we had plenty of time to view it all.
The first descent of 400 wooden steps is a little daunting, and one could become dizzy. Some steps were wet, someone slipped - so hold onto the banister as you go.
The polish guide knew her stuff with many interesting facts given. There was a cafe down at the lowest level which was very convenient as the tour lasts 11/2 hours. There are also toilets in several locations.
The good news is you return to the surface in a very fast lift!!
Highly recommend this trip.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

I wasn't sure as to how much I would enjoy this tour but it is with out doubt something you need to do if you are visiting poland! Absolutely beautiful!!! A lot of stairs though but very very worth it!!!!

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