Wieliczka Salt Mine
Wieliczka Salt Mine
The “Wieliczka” Salt Mine is located in the town of Wieliczka near Krakow. It is one of the 12 original objects featured on UNESCO’s World Cultural and Natural Heritage List.
“Wieliczka” offers all visitors (grown-ups and the little ones) an unforgettable adventure over 100 meters (400 ft.) underground. Guests can visit the Salt Mine individually or choose one of the guided tour options:
Tourist Route: classic route tailored to families and smaller kids. The tour takes visitors through meandering corridors, astonishing underground chapels, and mesmerizing chambers. During the tour, kids have a chance to hoist up a barrel of salt using a horse ring, search for mine dwarfs and the salt dragon, and listen to the legends about the salt mine. At the end of the main salt adventure, visitors can stop at the Miners’ Tavern to try some Polish gourmet food while the kids enjoy themselves at the interactive playground, which is adjacent to the restaurant.
Miners’ Route: The trail, located far off the busy Tourist Route, allows the visitors to discover the inner workings of the mine. Covered in working clothes and armed with mining equipment, participants measure on their own the concentration of methane, dig and transport salt, set the path and explore unknown chambers. They also experience the daily routine of underground life and the secrets of mining traditions and rituals, and experience first-hand the real taste of miners’ work. Visitors become novice miners and start to learn the ropes of this demanding profession guided by the light of their mining lamps.
The Mysteries of the Wieliczka Mine Route: The trail is an adrenaline-packed trip into the virgin areas of the “Wieliczka” Salt Mine. This is one of the mine’s hardest routes as far as physical effort is concerned, but everyone who takes part in it will certainly not regret it. The visitors, equipped with helmets, miners’ lamps and carbon monoxide absorbers, under the watchful eye of a guide, discover excavations of a particular historical and geological value squeezing through narrow slits and bowing humbly in low passages.
You can purchase tickets to “Wieliczka” on the Mine’s website.
This place is good for
special needs 0%
Up to 1 hour0%
Half a day67%
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- Parking on-site
- Access by public transportation
- Available discounts
- English available
- Restaurant or food for purchase
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Poland, Warsaw, Poland
Good family time
Reviewed 27 October 2016
Our kids loved the experience and had a good time walking around and exploring the salt mine. The tour guide was very kid-friendly and engaged all the participating kids in various activities along the tour (so they even didn't realize how long was the walk). This is a personal opinion of a KiddieMundo user.
A must activity for any visitor to Krakow - and one the kids will love
Reviewed 19 October 2016
Along with Wawel Castle, Wieliczka is one of the must-visit places to see during a trip to Krakow. It's an easy drive, train ride, or bus trip from Krakow and worth the effort. There are multiple tour choices depending on how long you want to be underground, and how much effort you want to put forth. The basic tour is probably enough for most people and has improved immensely over the years. I have done this tour twice about 15 years apart and was quite impressed by the upgrades. So even if you've seen the mines before, a return visit will be enjoyable. We brought our five-year-olds on the last visit and they had a great time, walking with the tour guide, who paid special attention to the children on the tour. (Tours are available in a few languages.) They had a great time helping to lead the group, looking for the dragon and dwarves, and other activities - including licking the salt walls and taking souvenir salt crystals. The mine's many caverns and corridors allow imaginations to run wild. Our kids still talk about it as a special and memorable trip.rnThis is a personal opinion of a KiddieMundo user.
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