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Wieliczka

Home to a UNESCO-listed salt mine, this Polish city is an ideal base for visiting Krakow and Auschwitz.

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Wieliczka Salt Mine: Guided Tour from Krakow with Pickup

1. Wieliczka Salt Mine: Guided Tour from Krakow with Pickup

Just book your trip and relax. On the evening before the tour you'll get an e-mail and text with the details like pickup time. On the day of your tour - welcome on-board, please pass the seatbelts and start magnificent journey! Get some knowleadge about the City of Cracow from experienced host-drivers and after that, join to the guide and group of maximum 30 people in the Salt Mine. At the beginning you'll pass around 370 wooden steps but it'll be not so hard! - See beautiful chambers, salt sculptures, and underground lakes. - See life-size statues, imposing chapels, and intricate altars carved in salt. - Explore the 3 underground levels and learn about the history and cultural importance of the mine. - Return using a specific, very interesting elevator. Easy and fun! Tour with a guide lasts approximately 2-2,5 hours. After all, quick drop to the destination of your choice. In Cracow of course... General, if may offer some advice. Downtown Cracow will always be there. Why not spend some time getting to know the other parts of the city? That way, when you do go "downtown", it will be that much more special... Yes? Okay! Happy travels!

Krakow: Auschwitz & Salt Mine Day Trip with Optional Lunch

2. Krakow: Auschwitz & Salt Mine Day Trip with Optional Lunch

Learn about the tragic history of the largest former concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau and descend to the underground Museum: Wieliczka Salt Mine on this guided tour from Krakow. Begin in the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum with a guide provided by the museum. You'll learn the terrible history of the largest concentration camp in Europe. After a short break, you will be driven to the Birkenau Museum where you'll spend around 1 hour with the same guide. During the second half of your full-day program, travel to the Salt Mine in Wieliczka, which is one of the oldest working salt mines in the world. Spend some free time before entering the Wieliczka Salt Mine. Head 140 meters underground on a 2.5-hour journey along more than 2.5 kilometers of tourist routes and see chambers with amazing carvings and statues, with everything made of salt.

Kraków: Hot Air Balloon Flight with Champagne

3. Kraków: Hot Air Balloon Flight with Champagne

Experience the thrill of flying with a hot air balloon trip and admire the sights of Krakow's buildings and lush gardens from a new perspective. Take some time away from your busy travel schedule to simply relax and admire your surroundings, then celebrate with some post-flight champagne. Hop into your balloon's gondola and get to know your professional pilot before you take flight. Feel the wind in your face as you take in panoramic views of Krakow and its vicinity, being able to see as far as the areas of Wieliczka, Tyniec, and Ojców. Let go of your worries on this scenic adventure and rest assured you're in the hands of an expert. Receive a personalized certificate to commemorate your experience, then celebrate with a glass of champagne.

Wieliczka: Salt Mine Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

4. Wieliczka: Salt Mine Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

Visit the Wieliczka Salt Mine, one of Poland’s top attractions that's on UNESCO's World List of Cultural and Natural Heritage. The half-day skip-the-line tour departs from Krakow. Learn about the salt mine that is the best-preserved site of its type in the world. Opened in the 13th century, it has been in continuous operation since that time. Explore some of the 300 kilometers of hallways extending over 9 levels and reaching depths of 327 meters. See the chambers and chapels in the mine's underground city, including the famous St. Kinga Chapel, visited each year by more than a million tourists from all over the world.

From Krakow: Skip-the-Line Day Tour to Wieliczka Salt Mine

5. From Krakow: Skip-the-Line Day Tour to Wieliczka Salt Mine

Visit the most famous salt mine in Europe. The Wieliczka Salt Mine is one of the UNESCO monuments and has been gathering salt for over 700 years. It’s one of the most beautiful facilities of this type in the world. An English-speaking driver will pick you up from the city center or from the hotel if private transport is selected. With an air-conditioned, comfortable bus/van, reach Wieliczka town in about 25 minutes. Meet your guide, and walk down the wooden stairs to a depth of 65 meters. The guide will explain the rules of a salt mine as well as various legends and stories about mine’s past. The tour takes place in the underground corridors and chambers, well prepared for visitors. Certain points on your way are dedicated to famous people who decided to visit Salt Mine in the past, for example, Chopin or Goethe. Hear many stories about mining and the progress of the works over the years. After a while, encounter a huge chapel carved underground. It’s considered one of the most beautiful chapels in the world – St. Kinga Chapel, where the artists carved a church in salt. It’s time to get some photos and have a quick rest before proceeding with the tour. After a short break, proceed to a huge area with an underground lake, where the world’s first underground balloon flight took place. There will be a few places to buy souvenirs as well. Don’t worry there is no need to climb these hundreds of steps again to go to the surface. There is a mining elevator that helps you get out of the mine. It’s time to meet your driver at the place of departure to the mine, and have a safe journey back to Krakow.

From Krakow: Wieliczka Salt Mine Group or Private Tour

6. From Krakow: Wieliczka Salt Mine Group or Private Tour

Explore the Wieliczka Salt Mine and learn about its history from your local expert guide. Inside, visit other attractions like St. Kinga's Chapel, and the Michalowice Chamber. Wieliczka Salt Mine is a priceless monument which was placed on UNESCO World Heritage List in 1978. It is a place that guarantees extraordinary experiences and a great adventure. Visiting the mine is an interesting journey into the depths of the earth, a space which was discovered more than 700 years ago and where air is free from pollutants, so bothersome and common on the earth's surface. Breathe air free of the pollutants so bothersome and common on the earth's surface. You will get to know Wieliczka Salt Mine by taking a tourist route – a route that leads through an extraordinary underground city hiding many secrets, like chambers carved in salt, majestic carpentry structures, underground lakes or unique salt works of sculptural art. It is a fascinating journey through a maze of corridors carved in rock, over 2 km long and descending more than 130 meters underground. During the walk you will learn a fascinating story about a place stolen from nature and about the people who have made its history over the centuries. Wieliczka Salt Mine - touch the secret! Meeting point We will pick you up from your hotel reception or one of the main meeting points. Transfer to the Wieliczka Salt Mine by air-conditioned minibus (~ 40 min.) During the journey, your tour guide will inform you about the details of the tour. Visiting the Wieliczka Salt Mine (~ 2h) An official Wieliczka guide will show you all the secrets of the historic mine in the language of your choice. Admission tickets are prepaid, so you don't have to worry about anything. You will visit, among others: •St. Kinga's Chapel whose design took almost 70 years •The Michałowice Chamber with an impressive size and with an impressive wooden structure protecting the excavation •A collection of mining machinery and equipment •Brine lakes unique on the surface After sightseeing (~ 10min.) After the tour, you will take the elevator back to the surface. If you purchased the option of the tour – Skip the Line Ticket (no transport) - you will end your tour here without transport. Return to Krakow of the Wieliczka Salt Mine (~ 40min.) You will be dropped off at the location from which you were picked up for the tour.

From Kraków: Auschwitz-Birkenau Tour with Lunch and Pickup

7. From Kraków: Auschwitz-Birkenau Tour with Lunch and Pickup

Pay your respects and hear about the history of the Holocaust on this day trip to the Auschwitz from Kakrow. The trip will visit both the Auschwitz I Museum and the Birkenau Camp. Licensed Auschwitz guides will lead you through the history of the largest concentration camp complex and its role in the Holocaust. See the original roads, fences, watchtowers and gas chambers. Commemorate the camp's victims as you walk through the site. At the Auschwitz I Museum, learn about the Holocaust and the warning from history that the camp represents. Hear the somber stories of what it was like to live at the camp as you view exhibitions containing original items from the camp prisoners. Your itinerary will involve pickup and drop-off from a choice of meeting points in Krakow, entrance to the Auschwitz I Museum and exhibits, a 15-minute break, and a visit to Birkenau, before returning to Krakow. During the tour each of the guests will receive a fresh-made lunch box.

Krakow: River Cruise and Wieliczka Salt Mine Group Tour

8. Krakow: River Cruise and Wieliczka Salt Mine Group Tour

Enjoy a combo Vistula River cruise and guided tour of the Wieliczka Salt Mine in Krakow, skip-the-line entry included. Look at the royal city from the deck of a modern catamaran, then go to Wieliczka and admire underground wonders made of salt by the forces of nature and the work of human hands. Start your day by hopping on board a boat with a heated deck and leather sofas that will make you feel at home, even on cold days. On warmer days, head to the upper platform to enjoy the views while spending time outdoors. Hear the history of Krakow from a modern boat sound system and watch a multimedia presentation on a 50-inch screen. Look at Krakow from the riverside and spot monuments such as the defensive walls of Wawel with a panorama of the Royal Castle, the cathedral, and the iconic silhouette of a dragon. Then, change to a bus and drive to Wieliczka, a small town near Krakow, where one of the largest ancient salt mines in Europe (700 years old) is located. The depth of the mine is 340 meters, and the total length of the corridors and tunnels is over 245 kilometers. The tourist route is over 3 km long and includes over 20 halls, underground lakes, and a multitude of corridors and buildings, including the largest and one-of-a-kind Church of St. Kinga, the patron saint of miners. The underground church is richly decorated with chandeliers and statues of saints carved out of salt. There is a specific healing microclimate in the mine and a sanatorium at a depth of 135 meters. Get to know this UNESCO World Heritage Site before returning round-trip to Krakow. 

From Krakow: Wieliczka Salt Mine Half-Day Tour

9. From Krakow: Wieliczka Salt Mine Half-Day Tour

The Wieliczka Salt Mine is one of the most visited by tourists places in Poland. A trip to the Wieliczka Salt Mine is an adventure combining the beauty of nature, history and art. When measuring over 3 km of the route, beating 800 stairs, you will go down to the depth 135 meters. Deep underground you will find a one of a kind salt city, living its own life, and in it: winding corridors, caves and chamber salt sculptures, as well as exhibitions and old mechanisms still in operation, thanks to which you will learn the methods of extraction. Get ready for the experience not only visual, but also acoustic - this is the only place where you will be delighted with Chopin's music, admiring the accompanying effects light being dozens of meters underground. The salt mine is also a place known for its pro-health properties for airways.

Krakow: Schindler's Factory, Jewish Ghetto & Salt Mine Tour

10. Krakow: Schindler's Factory, Jewish Ghetto & Salt Mine Tour

Take a tour with a licensed museum guide of Schindler's factory, featured in Stephen Spielberg's oscar-winning film "Schindler's List." Learn about the story of a German entrepreneur who helped many Jews throughout the war. Then, walk through the streets of Podgórze and see the evidence of the terrible events that took place during the Second World War. See a part of the undestroyed wall around the ghetto, houses where thousands of displaced Jews used to live, the pharmacy "Under the Eagle", and the Empty Chair Monument in the Heroes' Square, with its symbolic 68 chairs. Next, begin the second half of the tour and be driven to Wieliczka, a small town 10 kilometers from Krakow. Visit one of the largest old salt mines in Europe and explore it at your own pace without a guide. The depth of the 700-year-old mine is 340 meters, the total length of corridors and tunnels is over 245 kilometers. Walk along a route of more than 3 kilometers and see 20 halls, including the largest, St. Kinga's Church, named for the patroness of miners. Admire the underground church's interior, richly decorated with chandeliers and sculptures of saints carved out of salt. Experience the special curative microclimate in the mine and learn about the sanatorium, 135 meters below ground.

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What people are saying about Wieliczka

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 21,262 reviews

A nice experience with a great guide. It is best to take the first time slot of the day. You may be the first in the mines!

Excellent experience, courteous guide, punctual and very helpful. The tour went on schedule!

Really well organised tour, the salt statues are amazing, fully recommend

Brilliant but not for those unsteady on their feet

The tour guide was amazing, definitely glad I went