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The Wieliczka Salt Mine began operations in the 13th century, and is the oldest salt mine in the world still in operation.
You can now take tours of parts of the mine, and wonder at underground lakes, intricate salt carvings, and the salt chapels.
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.
You can choose to stay in the mine in one of the wonderful hotels - enjoying the benefits of the clean air and calming atmosphere.
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.
The salt mines are open to tourists for tours Monday to Friday 9:00AM to 5:00PM.
Tours last roughly three hours, allowing you to enjoy an extensive look at the mines, learn about their history and see the cultural attractions.
- When to visitTours available Monday through Friday, 9:00AM to 5:00PM.
- What is the price?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 thereBy train, head to the Wieliczka Rynek Kopalnia train station, or take the 304 bus to Wieliczka Kopalnia Soli.
- Additional tips** 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
Always a worry booking online as you are not sure who you are getting and if they are reliable, but all my questions were quickly answered by emails which gave me confidence. The tour was very well organised and our guide Sebastian was first class with his knowledge and he was also very funny and kept it lighthearted. I would definitely recommend this tour company and would use them again if in Krakow.
Good tour - you will have tired feet so good footwear is important. Guides are good but can be difficult to hear at times if you're not near the front or another guide group is nearby. Worth a visit.
As time was limited we decided to complete two tours in one day. Choosing this option was ideal and although a long day, it was what we wanted. Hosts and guides were all very helpful, friendly and knowledgeable. Discover Crackow even rang me late in the evening the night before to tell me of a short delay in pick up time so saved me worrying the next day. I would recommend this for others with limited time but perhaps not for those with small children.
Driver arrived on time and was very pleasant.The salt mines are amazing a fantasic visit with also fantastic guide Mya. Very comfortable vehicle for travel.
The day started with a pick up from our hotel in a luxury mini bus. We got a lot of interesting information from an on board video during the journey. Excellent guides giving us clear instructions when we arrived. The security queue was quite long when we arrived but nobody minded as we understand the reasons for this. Excellent guide and headphone information. Very poignant 3 hour trip. Have been 6 times now as we take groups to Kraków - this trip never fails to make a massive impact on us every time we visit.