Wieliczka Salt Mine
This underground labyrinth stretches over 9 levels below the surface of the Earth...
A visit to the mind-blowing Wieliczka Salt Mine is a must when in Krakow. One of the oldest salt mines in Europe, its carvings of fabulous figures, monuments and altarpieces such as the Chapel of St Kinga have earned Wieliczka a place on the UNESCO World Cultural Heriage list.
Our guide to Wieliczka Salt Mine
The “Wieliczka” Salt Mine is one of the most valuable monuments of material and spiritual culture in Poland and is product of multiple generations of miners who hand-carved it from blocks of salt. Suffice to say, this subterranean world of pits, tunnels and huge rooms have to be seen to be believed!
The first tourist trail in Wieliczka was established as early as at the turn of the 19th century and a few hundred years later the salt mine was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site (1978).
Nowadays the route consists of 20 monumental chambers joined by 1.5 miles (2.5 kilometers) of pathways although the whole underground labyrinth stretches over 9 levels and descends 327 meters below the surface of the Earth.
One of the undoubted highlights is the spectacular Chapel of the Blessed Kinga - a huge, underground church where everything, from the chandliers to the altarpieces, have been chisselled out of salt. Spectacular!
This 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. Along the way you will also see many examples of sacred art and themed compositions relating to the history of the mine and legends.
Two days - two best-selling Krakow tours at one discounted price. First visit the sobering UNESCO World Heritage-listed Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp complex before exploring the mind-blowing Wieliczka Salt Mine, another of Poland’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites.