The world famous Wieliczka Salt mines are located 135m (443ft) below the ground, in the town of Wieliczka not far from Krakow in southern Poland. The mine was declared a historical monument by the Polish President in 1994 and also added to the UNESCO World Heritage list back in 1978.
Address: Daniłowicza 10, 32-020 Wieliczka, Poland
Phone: +48 12 278 73 02
Price: 38 PLN – 75 PLN per person (Family Rates Available)
Opening Hours: April – October 7.30am – 7.30pm, November – March 8.00am – 5.00pm
The sale mine was originally built in the 13th century and was amazingly producing salt until as recently as 2007. Pretty amazing really when you consider the age of it. Due to low prices and flooding though, actual commercial mining was halted in 1996. The Wieliczka mine is now operated as a fascinating museum, containing many attractions including, chapels, statues and a cathedral entirely carved from rock salt by some of the miners.
The mines feature both old and new sculptures, with modern contemporary artists displaying their work in the mines too. The mine has been worked by tens of mining generations and is an important part of Polish history. Approximately 1.2 million people now visit them every year. A well travelled Frenchman back in the 18th century famously noted the Wieliczka Salt Mines were no less impressive than the Egyptian pyramids. Quite a recommendation we’re sure you will agree.
The Mines as they are today allow visitors to walk through approximately 2,000m of the oldest sections of the mines and exploring these fully will take you approximately three hours or so. Believe it or not, the mine sometimes holds special events and concerts in some of its biggest chambers too.