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Wieliczka Salt Mine Tour

A visit to the mind-blowing Wieliczka Salt Mine is a must when in Krakow. One of the oldest salt mines in Europe, its carvings of fabulous figures, monuments and altarpieces such as the Chapel of St Kinga have earned Wieliczka a place on the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage list.

The “Wieliczka” Salt Mine is one of the most valuable monuments of material and spiritual culture in Poland and is product of multiple generations of miners who hand-carved it from blocks of salt. Suffice to say, this subterranean world of pits, tunnels and huge rooms have to be seen to be believed!

The first tourist trail in Wieliczka was established as early as at the turn of the 19th century and a few hundred years later the salt mine was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site (1978).

Nowadays the route consists of 20 monumental chambers joined by 1.5 miles (2.5 kilometers) of pathways although the whole underground labyrinth stretches over 9 levels and descends 327 meters below the surface of the Earth.

Your guided tour takes you from 210 to 440 feet (approximately 64 to 135 meters) down, passing through galleries and chambers where traces of mining activity have been preserved. Along the way you will also see many examples of sacred art and themed compositions relating to the history of the mine and legends.

One of the undoubted highlights is the spectacular Chapel of the Blessed Kinga - a huge, underground church where everything, from the chandliers to the altarpieces, have been chisselled out of salt. Spectacular!

Also, don't miss the world's largest mining heritage museum with a collection encompassing unique pieces of mining equipment reflecting the development of mining techniques from the Middle Ages until today.

Experience Includes

  • Visit to Wieliczka Salt Mine from Krakow
  • Guided walk through the salt mine
  • See the incredible Chapel of the Blessed Kinga
  • Underground salt-mining exhibition
  • Expert English-speaking guide

Experience Excludes

  • Optional gratuities
  • Refreshments
  • Hotel pick-up/drop off

Departs

Daily, except April 1st. However, please note tickets are only available to book approximately three months in advance.

Departure location

8 Szczepanski Square OR 13 Wolnica Square

Start times

Varies - see calendar.

Duration

4 hours.

Terms & Conditions

  • Due to restrictions imposed by the Wieliczka Salt Mine tickets are only available to book approximately three months in advance.
  • Guests must make their own way to the departure point, 8 Szczepanski Square OR 13 Wolnica Square, at least 15 minutes prior to your tour departing.
  • Please note after the tour, you will be dropped off in the city centre.
  • Child rates are available for guests aged between 6 and 15.
  • According to Polish law children up to 12 years old or under the height of 1.5m are obliged to travel in baby seat or booster seat. These will be provided free of charge.
  • Please note, there are 800 steps to climb in the Salt Mine, of which, 350 are at the beginning to take you down into the mine. Although this walk is not overly strenuous it should be considered when booking this tour.
  • The Salt Mine tour requires lots of walking and climbing stairs and isn't suitable for those with mobilty issues.