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5 Things To Know about the Wieliczka Salt Mine

One of Poland's top tourist attractions, a world-class monument and one of UNESCO's World Culture and Natural Heritage sites. Here's a little bit of history about the mine, and what to expect when you visit.

Original Purpose

Original Purpose

The Wieliczka Salt Mine began operations in the 13th century, and is the oldest salt mine in the world still in operation.

Tourist routes

Tourist routes

You can now take tours of parts of the mine, and wonder at underground lakes, intricate salt carvings, and the salt chapels.

Health resort

Health resort

Using the medicinal properties of the enviroment, an innovative treatment therapy has been created in the mine resort with a number of wonderful health benefits.

Accommodation

Accommodation

You can choose to stay in the mine in one of the wonderful hotels - enjoying the benefits of the clean air and calming atmosphere.

Attractions

Attractions

Make sure to check what events are on when you visit - if you time it right you can see Europe's oldest mining orchestra, or some live salt sculpture making.

Our insider tips

What are the opening hours?

The salt mines are open to tourists for tours Monday to Friday 9:00AM to 5:00PM.

How long do tours last?

Tours last roughly three hours, allowing you to enjoy an extensive look at the mines, learn about their history and see the cultural attractions.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    Tours available Monday through Friday, 9:00AM to 5:00PM.
  • Is it expensive?
    A non-Polish adult ticket is 79PLN, which is about $21.
  • Will I need a guide?
    It will definitely help. Might be worth it to check out our best-selling tours.
  • How to get there
    By train, head to the Wieliczka Rynek Kopalnia train station, or take the 304 bus to Wieliczka Kopalnia Soli.
  • Additional information
    ** Discount tickets are available for groups and for families. | Make sure you wear warm clothes and comfortable shoes! There are 800 steps to climb!*

What people are saying about Wieliczka Salt Mine

It was a great experience. would definitely go back again!

Fantastic opportunity! was abit rushed as we had 1 guide for 37 people, which was abit too much for the guide as people kept disappearing so we spent most of the time waiting for these to be found. Also, could you mention that one has to walk over 400 steps down and to use the lift down, one has to pay extra. For those who with health problems , it helps to get prepared. Thank you to the lady that took us round, very funny and experienced.

Wieliczka Salt Mine Guided Tour from Krakow Reviewed by florence, 06/17/2019

Excellent tour if you visit Wieliczka Salt Mine

We booked the tour one week in advance and when we got there, it was easy to find the info tour, approx. 100 m down the road from the mine entrance. The woman guiding us was very professional, she told us stories about old family miners, we had visual effects in some areas of the mine, giving a very entertaining note to the tour.

Passionate and Informative tour by Thomas

The tour was extremely interesting and informative. Although it was long the way in which the guide divided it into short segments helped usgo through it all with excessive stress. A must-visit ...

Wieliczka Salt Mine Guided Tour from Krakow Reviewed by Martin, 06/11/2019

Unexpected artistic treasures to delight you

This tour was recommended by family and friends, for good reason. Very pleasant and enjoyable, the only drawback being the length of the tour (at 2 hours 40 minutes) which means that you are tired and hungry by the end. In my opinion, a tour of 2 hours would be ideal.

Smooth, well corridinated and informatiive tours

We had a great tour of the Salt Mine and Auschwitz-Birkenau. The pick up was on time, the tours were on schedule and given by very well informed and passionate guides. All sites were very crowded and the guides did a great job of moving us through the main highlights of each site. All transportation from Krakow, to the Salt Mine, then to Auschwitz and finally to Birkenau was on time and smooth. The tour bus was comfortable, clean and air conditioned and the driver was great. Total walking distance from our hotel in Krakow Old Town to the pick-up location and back to our hotel was 16km. The total time from pick up to drop of was about 12 hours. We brought food and that was wise as although there is some food available at the sites, often with the short time between locations, there were always crowds of people who had not brought food so there were commonly lineups that would make some of the transfers between sites a challenge to get food. A long day but well worth it.

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