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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. A late-afternoon or evening 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
  • Avoid the crowds with a late-afternoon or evening tour
  • 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 late afternoon or evening, depending on the season, 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 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.
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