Visit one of UNESCO’s very first heritage sites and one of the world’s oldest salt mines, and marvel at the incredible saltworks, intricate chapels, and other salty creations hiding beneath the Earth.
The salt mine in Wieliczka is famous for being Europe’s oldest salt mine and unique tourist attraction, which has been operating for at least 700 years. Get lost with wonder as you make your way through the labyrinth of tunnels, pits and chambers, all hewn out by hand from solid salt. Beautifully adorned chapels, underground lakes, and other hidden treasures are spread out on the three upper levels of the complex, ranging from 64 to 135 meters below the ground. Tourists can enjoy the three kilometre-long trail and a collection of objects related to the mine itself and mining industry.
Wheelchair accessibility: Access along much of the tourist route is possible, depending on the wheelchair size. Regulation-sized wheelchairs are also available at Wieliczka upon request.
Your trip to the Wieliczka Salt Mine will begin in the city centre or at your hotel in Krakow. Wieliczka is only a short distance, 10km away from Kraków. After a 30 minutes’ drive you will be there to begin your 2.5-hour wonder through the network of underground tunnels and labyrinths.
The visit is always conducted under the supervision of a guide. There are 800 steps to climb of which 350 at the beginning take you down into the mine. Wear comfortable shoes. Down in the mine there is a specific micro climate. Please bring warm clothing. Temperature underground ranges between 14° and 16° C. Due to the high iodine content it is helpful in the treatment of respiratory problems. The tour of the mine is guided by experienced professionals who will tell you all about the local history, legends and many interesting facts about the mine.