UNESCO Heritage Site
- Duration 4 hrs, by minivan (up to 5 people)
- Price per tour 65€ + entrance tickets
The Salt Mine is locaded in town Wieliczka, next to Kraków.
It has been operating for 700 years. Rock salt was discovered in Wieliczka in the 13 century and the production of table salt has started.
Today it is one of main tourist attractions in Kraków area. Some call it „the Underground Salt Cathedral of Poland”. It consists of nine levels. The deepest one reaches 327 meters below the ground. The total mileage of undergroung corridors, chapels, galleries is almost 300 km long (190 miles). Only a small part of it – a 3 km or 1.9 mi long tour of corridors, chapels and sculptures – is open to the public. There are more than 20 chambers there with wonderful made of rock salt sculptures.
The most magnificent is the Chapel of St. Kinga which is 54 long and 12 meters high decorated with beautiful statues and monuments carved by amateurs miners – among them famous Markowski brothers. Everythig there is made of salt – altar, chandeliers, chapel`s wall, staircase, floor.
There is a steady temperature in the Salt Mine 14 C (57 F). It takes about 2 hrs to walk guided tourist route so a good idea is to wear jacket and comfortable shoes.
In 1978 it was placed on the UNESCO World Heritage Sites List (together with nearby Bochnia Salt Mine).
The Salt Mine was visited by 1,7 million tourists in 2017.