Auschwitz and Wieliczka Salt Mine in One Day
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Discover Poland’s most important historical sites as you combine two amazing tours, The Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum Tour and The Wieliczka Salt Mine Tour in the same day! Perfect for those who have a limited time in Krakow and want to explore two of Poland’s UNESCO-listed sites.
Our guide to Auschwitz and Wieliczka Salt Mine in One Day
Your day starts early with a guided visit to Auschwitz, where approximately 1.5 million people were killed during WWII's Holocaust. Today, as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it poignantly commemorates the lives of those who died within its walls and fences and is a must-visit for all.
Visit Auschwitz I - the administrative center of Auschwitz death camp - and Auschwitz II, designed and constructed simply as an execution facility. Compromising of approximately 150 buildings and 300 ruins, The Martyrdom Museum still has the original roads, fences, watchtowers, and railway ramps. You will also have the opportunity to see an original collection of exhibits and documents.
As you pay tribute to victims and survivors of the Holocaust, your expert guide will sensitively portray the horrors that happened at Auschwitz and you will leave with a much greater understanding of the critical events in its history.
After travelling back to your original departure point, you will have some free time before joining your second tour of the day, The Wieliczka Salt Mine Tour.
One of the oldest salt mines in Europe, this ancient UNESCO World Heritage site is made up of a labyrinth of tunnels carved from salt blocks. The first tourist trail in Wieliczka was established in the 19th century and now consists of 20 monumental chambers joined by 1.5 miles (2.5 kilometers) of pathways, which stretch over 9 levels and descend 1,075 feet (327 meters) below the surface of the Earth.
Your guided tour takes you from 210 to 440 feet (approximately 64 to 135 meters) down, passing through galleries and chambers where traces of mining activity have been preserved. Discover examples of sacred art and see The Chapel of the Blessed Kinga - a huge, underground church where everything from the chandeliers to the altarpieces, has been chiseled out of salt.
It is a long day fitting two tours in, but it will be truly unforgettable and allow you more time during your stay to explore what Krakow has to offer.
Departure times (subject to change):
Tour 1: Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum Tour: The start time for this tour is at 6.30 am at Kiss and Ride on Pawia 18b street, next to Hotel Mercure. Your exact pick-up time will be advised upon confirmation.
Tour 2: Wieliczka Salt Mine Tour: This tour usually starts at 3.05 pm. Your exact pick-up time will be advised upon confirmation.
Around 12 hours
Terms and conditions
Terms and conditions for Auschwitz and Wieliczka Salt Mine in One Day
- This ticket allows you to participate on the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial Tour and Museum tour in the morning and then join the separate Wieliczka Salt Mine Tour in the afternoon. There will be some free time in between the tours.
- Food and drinks are NOT provided on either of these tours so we recommend you bring your own lunch and bottled water.
- It is recommended to be ready and waiting at the departure location at least 15 minutes prior to your tour departure time.
- Infants 0-4 years are free of charge, but require a child seat. Please advise at the time of booking if you are travelling with an infant.
- According to Polish law children up to 12 years old or under the height of 1.5m are obliged to travel in baby seat or booster seat. These will be provided free of charge.
- Eating and smoking inside the buildings as well as acting in a loud manner is forbidden at the site.
- Please note that backpacks or handbags brought into Auschwitz cannot exceed the dimensions 30x20x10cm.
- Journey time to Auschwitz from Krakow is just over 90 minutes.
- You are allowed to take photos only in selected parts of the Museum.
- This tour is not suitable for wheelchair users or guests with mobility issues.
- Please note, there are 800 steps to climb in the Salt Mine, of which, 350 are at the beginning to take you down into the mine. Although this walk is not overly strenuous it should be considered when booking this tour.
- The Salt Mines tour is not suitable for guests who suffer from claustrophobia.
- All guests are required to bring their passport Entrance may be refused if the name provided on the booking does not match the photo ID.
- Please wear suitable clothing for the elements. Some parts of the tour are outside.
- *CANCELLATION POLICY: Free cancellations for bookings cancelled with the operator up to 72 hours before your chosen activity date. No refunds are given for cancellations made within 72 hours.
Frequently Asked Questions for Auschwitz and Wieliczka Salt Mine in One Day
Clothing & Accessories
Is there a dress code for Auschwitz?
There is a fair amount of walking, so comfortable shoes are needed. It is also important to note that a lot of the tour is based outside, so you should dress appropriately for the weather conditions on the day. Visitors should dress in a respectful manner befitting a place of this nature.
What should I wear to a Salt Mine?
It is recommended to wear comfortable clothing and footwear. The temperature in the Salt Mines is usually around 17-18 degrees Centigrade, so warmer clothing is recommended. The floor can be a little slippery in parts, so shoes with a good grip sole would be best.
Are there restrictions on bags at Auschwitz?
Bags should be no bigger than 30 x 20 x 10 cm. If you do have a larger bag, you will be required to check it into paid luggage storage. Please plan ahead to avoid delays through security.
Are there toilets in the Salt Mine?
Before starting the tour, there are toilets you can use by the Danilowicz Shaft and also in two locations underground whilst on the tour.
How long do you need at the Salt Mines?
The tour is approximately 2 hours inside the Salt Mines and travel is about 30 minutes each way from Krakow Centre.
Are there toilets at Auschwitz?
There are toilets by the entrance of Auschwitz, which you can use before and after the tour.
Am I allowed to take photos at Auschwitz?
You are able to take photos whilst on the tour for personal use. Flash photography and camera stands are strictly prohibited.
Is the tour of Auschwitz private?
No, you will join a group for a guided tour when you arrive.
Does the Salt Mine tour contain a lot of walking?
There are 800 steps to climb in the Salt Mine, of which, 350 are at the beginning to take you down into the mine. Although this walk is not overly strenuous, it should be considered when booking this tour.
Is Auschwitz suitable for wheelchair users?
Unfortunately due to the historical buildings and uneven terrain, this tour may not be suitable for persons with mobility issues or in a wheelchair. Some areas are only available to see through the use of stairs.
Where are the Wieliczka Salt Mines?
The Wieliczka Salt Mines are located in Wieliczka, a town in southern Poland. It is about 12 miles (20 kilometres) from Krakow City.
How long does it take to travel from Krakow to Auschwitz?
A one-way journey takes approximately 90 minutes.