From Krakow: Wieliczka Salt Mine Half-Day Trip
- Skip the ticket line
- Duration options: 4 - 5 hours
- Optional audio guide
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The Salt Mine Tour, well Awesome is the only word I can use to describe it with, we were picked up from the Hotel (hotel Columbus) on time and driven to our destination about 25 minutes away where we were handed over to our Guide. We had to wait about 15 minutes for our Tour to begin, but there is a small coffee shop where you can purchase a drink and something to eat, fortunately the weather was dry as we had to wait outdoors. The tour lasted approximately 2 hours and our guide (Monica) was very knowledgeable. The temperature in the mines is constant all year round so you don't need to wrap up, I ended up taking my coat off as I was too warm. It's quite a trip descending to the bottom of the mine, about 800 stairs and if your not squeamish look down the center of the wooden stairs, it's a long way down. Other than Auschwitz, this was the highlight of our short Trip to Krakow Poland, a Beautiful City and the Polish people are just so helpful and friendly. This is a MUST DO tour
Booking was easy and had to ring to cofirm where we were being picked up at and they were very helpful. Minis bus on time. The disappointing thing was how quickly we had to do the tour. I had my 84 yr old mum with me and althoigh she is fit it was hard work keeping up with the group. It felt very rushed. There was no time to appreciate the attraction or to take many photos. It was also very busy with the next group behind us all the time so we didnt feel that we could linger and take it all in.
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.
Expect lots of walking, but nothing unbearable (had elderly and kids in my group and they were perfectly fine). Most of us took out our coats and jackets during the tour as it gets warm - 2 to 3 layers would be perfect. Tour guide was humorous yet informative; pace was perfect as well. Highly recommended!