5 star rating: Highly Recommended 11 Reviews

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  • Location: Krakow, Poland
  • Duration:  4 hours (approx.)
Venture below ground for a fascinating look at the historic Wieliczka Salt Mine, one of Poland's most unique attractions and a UNESCO World Heritage site. See centuries-old traces of mining activity on a walk through the mine’s underground chambers, carved out of rock salt. Marvel at chandeliers and salt statues, see an underground lake and explore exhibits on the history and legends of salt mining. An early morning departure from Krakow ensures you'll avoid the crowds! Numbers are limited to 19 on this small-group tour, ensuring personalized attention.

Highlights

  • 4-hour tour of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Wieliczka Salt Mine from Krakow
  • Discover one of the world’s oldest salt mines with a knowledgeable guide
  • Wander through an underground labyrinth of salt-carved tunnels and chambers
  • Hear about the history and legends of salt mining from your guide
  • Enjoy a traditional miner's shot of vodka and receive a small gift made of salt
  • Small-group tour limited to 19 ensures a more personalized experience

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What You Can Expect

Wieliczka Salt Mine Small-Group Tour from Krakow

Discover one of the world’s oldest salt mines during your tour

Start your experience with a pickup from Market Square Krakow or your centrally located Krakow hotel in the early morning, for a 45-minute drive to the Wieliczka Salt Mine. One of the world’s oldest salt mines, Wieliczka was built in the 13th century and produced table salt until 2007. Today, it’s one of Poland's official national Historic Monuments and a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Follow your guide down the 800 steps to the underground labyrinth mines, extending over nine levels and reaching 1,073 feet (327 meters) below the earth’s surface. On your narrated tour, you'll be amazed by the network of nearly 2,400 chambers connected with sidewalks that total 178 miles (287 km) in length.

See traces of mining activity, view sacred art relating to the history and legends of mining, and view statues, chandeliers, chapels and even an entire cathedral carved out of the rock salt by the miners. You’ll soon discover why Wieliczka is often referred to as the ‘Underground Salt Cathedral of Poland.’

Learn about the mine’s uses over the centuries, including during World War II, when the shafts were used by the Germans as an ad hoc facility for various war-related industries.

After about 2.5 hours underground, step into a traditional mining lift and return to the ground level and finish the tour with a traditional miner’s shot of vodka, just like the Polish miners would enjoy after a hard day's work in the mines. You'll also receive a small gift made of salt to take home with you. Then relax on the drive back to Krakow.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

This tour is absolutely amazing and is very difficult to explain. You just have to see it. I didn't know what to expect and I am soooo glad I did this tour. It is not scary at all and the guides are fantastic and very knowledgable. Even the steps down don't bother you as you walk at your pace and there are lots of things to see on the way down. Definitely recommend this tour to ALL.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

Excellent tour. A 'must do' when visiting Krakow. An amazing site and well worth it. Thomas at the mine was an excellent guide. Not for claustrophobics in particular the ride back up to ground level in the lift, but I loved it.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2014

This tour is a must for anyone visiting Krakow. A unique experience to tell your friends about

HannahBLondon
United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

A great tour; the pickup and transportation was well-organised and the tour leader was very friendly, polite and helpful. Our tour guide at the salt mines was extremely informative, and being in a small-group was great, giving us more space to take photos. There were regular breaks scheduled in, which was good, because there is a lot of walking involved in the mines.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

¡Impresionante! Un recorrido que nos dejó maravilladas. Una experiencia que no debes perder en un viaje a Cracovia.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

This evening tour of the Salt Mine was great and is not so crowded. We were picked up by the driver at the hotel in heart of Krakow and then a short 30 minute ride to the mine. The driver was very friendly and attentive. He took us to meet our guide for the tour. Turns out that we the only couple to book the tour for that night so we basically had our own private guide. Our guide was very informative as she had worked there for many years. Definitely, would recommend this tour and company!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

The tour transportation was on-time and comfortable. The driver kept us informed and the arrangements for the tour were very efficient. We had a small group for the tour which was an evening time and we had a wonderful tour guide which allowed us to see the Salt Mine in all it's splendor without any crowds or hassle. Highly recommend this tour and would definitely do it again!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

Excellent tour. Highly recommend these folks. Even better than expected. Great transportation, knowledgeable guide. Well done. We only had 4 total in the tour group!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

Very good tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

Loved our time in the mine!!! Amazing stories each step of the way!! I would love to post Picts but my iPhone froze and the pics aren't on my iPad. Sorry

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