From Krakow: Wieliczka Salt Mine Half-Day Trip
- Skip the ticket line
- Duration options: 4 - 5 hours
- Optional audio guide
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Definitely a must see if you visit Krakow, the tour guide who brought us there, Jakob, was very friendly and knowledgeable. Our guide at the Salt Mines, Simon, was amazing, such a sense of humour and very informative. The only concern I had was that when we booked and paid for our tour we were not told that this does not include the entrance fee, we had to pay a further 270 zolties between 3 of us, we assumed that the cost included both travel and entrance fee, very disappointed in this.
We were picked up at the designated place and whisked away on the 25 minute journey in a lovely clean car. The mines themselves are like nothing I've ever encountered or even imagined! The tour guide was full of insights about the rooms as well as life down in the mines. There is ALOT of stairs (all going down) and you cover alot of distance so comfortable shoes are a must! At the end our driver met us and took us back to where we were picked up.
Be aware that at the start of the tour, there are a lot of wooden stairs to descend. I felt a bit panicked at first but it was fine, people took their time. As you go down, there are numbers on the wall. The bottom of the stairs is number 54, each flight was 6 steps. There is a lift at the end of the tour to bring you back up. And there's a restaurant in the mine to rest and have something to eat. It's worth the effort.
The tour is definitely great if you want some background and history and to know what to visit later on. Keeping in mind that night-time photos are usually not great, one doesn't stop for a long time for snapping pictures. Remember to bring something to protect you from the wind in the open golf carts. And tip your guide! Our guide, Alex from Ukraine, was great and a safe driver
After the confusion of the start about children's authors, the exhibition shows lives of the Jewish people before during and after the war, which was interesting to see from a different perspective. This was the last thing we saw before we left krakow, spent an hour here