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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

Great tour, very well run with an informative guide.

Once you get over the descent, not for those prone to dizziness or problem knees, this trip is well worth it. To think that everything you see is carved out of salt is amazing. Great way to spend half a day and you get back out by lift.

Wieliczka Salt Mine Tour Including Hotel Pick-Up Reviewed by Anonymous, 04/17/2019

Reliable, accommodating and professional full-day experience.

Doing both Auschwitz & Salt Mine Tour makes for a long, yet maximally utilised day. The lunch box is great though you only receive it at lunch time and can't snack on anything before. Consider taking something small for the drive/tea time or asking for the lunch box earlier (drivers are very accommodating). In April 2019 our lunch box included 1 bottle of water, 2 fruit, 2 savoury and 2 sweet items which proved to be ample. Due to the limited time and long queues at Auschwitz-Birkenau, making use of the restroom is almost impossible. Additionally, one has to pay 2 Polish złoty to do so - everywhere! Instead, our driver, Peter, was kind enough to stop at a filling station at our request to make use of the restroom (after completing the entire Auschwitz part of the tour) before returning to Krakow. From Krakow, the journey to the Salt Mine starts - the entire experience here is mesmerising! Also, the restrooms are free of charge. Wear good shoes for ample walking. Overall -great day!

Very sad eerie place auschwitz n burkenau but glad I visited both plac

Salt mines were unreal what an experience ...Fabulous craftsmen Cathedral was awesome Great tour guide very enjoyable

Michael was superb. Great well organised trip!

pick up exact time as stated, very friendly knowledgeable guide called Michael. Highly recommend Get Your Guide

First time I’ve used this company, would recommend, well organised

Very well organised trip , guide was exceptional, very friendly and helpful , confusion with the final part of our trip but the company sorted this very quickly , would recommend to anyone.

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