Wieliczka Salt Mine in Krakow
The Wieliczka Salt Mine, famous all over Poland and abroad, is located about 10 km from the center of Krakow, by the E 40 route. From Krakow, you can get here from the Main Railway Station by a suburban train or by minibus. The mine is one of the most famous tourist facilities in the world, attracting millions of tourists.
The Wieliczka Salt Mine is a labyrinth of 300 km long underground pavements, a remnant of 700 years of operation in this area. As an extremely valuable material culture monument, the Salt Mine was inscribed on the UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage List in 1978 as one of the first facilities.
Visiting the Salt Mine
Visiting the Wieliczka Salt Mine lasts about 2 hours (with the Saltworks Museum 3 hours), on several alternative routes, including the popular Tourist Route, the more extreme Mining Route and Solilandia for children.
The most famous and the most beautiful fragment of the Wieliczka Mine is the huge chapel of St. Kinga, who contributed to the creation of the Mine. The beauty of the Chapel carved in salt is amazing! Outside the chapel of St. Kinga has many other wonderful places worth seeing in the mine. In addition, concerts and exhibitions take place here, as well as film photos. Remember about warmer clothing, the temperature in the Mine is about 15 degrees Celsius. Tickets should be booked in advance, because numerous crowds of tourists wanting to visit this wonder of technology line up in long queues under the Mine.
Almost all underground routes start in the Daniłowicz Shaft, in the “Wieliczka” Salt Mine building complex. However, visiting the Mining Route and Secrets of the Wieliczka Mine begins from the Regis Shaft lying in the very center of Wieliczka, near the Saltworks Castle at ul. The castle. If you visit both routes, you are entitled to a promotional ticket.
In November 2014, the multimedia Chapel of St. John Paul II. Also in 2014, a brine graduation tower was opened next to the mine.
The Holy Mass is also worth recommending. in the Mine, which takes place in the chapel of St. Kinga every Sunday and 7.30. It’s an interesting way to spend a long, quiet moment in this wonderful place. Admission to mass is free.