Hotel Solny

ul Grottgera 27, Wieliczka, 32 020, Poland
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From Krakow to Wieliczka - by train

by bart_warreyn

Dear all,

Could you help me out on this one :
A I will be travelling on a global railticket, I would like to use the train to get from Krakow to the Salt Mines of Wieliczka.
Where do I get off : Wieliczka or Wieliczka Rynek ? How far is it from the station to the entrance of the mine ?
Thank you.

Bart

Re: From Krakow to Wieliczka - by train

by nommad

not sure about the trains seem to recall it was easier and very cheap to grab the shared minibuses that leave from the central station bit scary they way they drive though

Re: From Krakow to Wieliczka - by train

by call_me_rhia

the minibuses from the staton in krakow are very cheap - i don't know about trains. still... trains in poland are not that frequent - the minibus leaves every 15 minutes or so. if i remember correctly it should cost less than 2 dollars. if i were u, i would consider this option

btw - drivers are really not that bad

Re: From Krakow to Wieliczka - by train

by henrykkanada

Unless they have repaired the track, which I doubt, the train no longer goes to Wielczka Rynek. The track had a S shape resulting from a settling of the ground. However where the train stops is closer to the mine, about 10 min walk. Follow the crowd.

Re: Re: From Krakow to Wieliczka - by train

by bart_warreyn

Hello,

Thanks for your answers.
- Trains are not very frequent indeed, but according to www.pkp.pl I can catch two trains with timings that are extremely convenient for attending the visit with an English guide at 10 am.
- According to www.pkp.pl, trains continue till Wieliczka Rynek. Did I understand well that I have to get off at Wieliczka instead of Wieliczka Rynek in order to be close to the mine ?

Regards,
Bart

Re: Re: From Krakow to Wieliczka - by train

by henrykkanada

Use the Rynek station. I have entered a map of Wieliczka in my Southeastern Poland travelogue. The Salt Mine Museum is at Szyb Kinga on the map. The straight line distance, Rynek Station to Museum, is 500m, walking about 750m, partly uphill.
For museum details (in English) see:
http://www.wieliczka.com.pl/english/index.html
If you know Polish, here is the town site:
http://wieliczka.wm.wp.pl/miasto.html

Re: Re: From Krakow to Wieliczka -correction

by henrykkanada

The museum website states the museum is at the Danilowicz Shaft (Szyb) about 100m from the Rynek station.

Travel Tips for Wieliczka

My Favourite Sight !

by coceng

My favourite sight is certainly the chandeliers ! They look really nice & thinking that they were made by salt intrigue me so much more !
There are many hanging in the church inside the Wieliczka Salt Mine.

Underground world

by matcrazy1

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Today visitors walk underground for about 2,000 m in the oldest part of the salt mine, which takes two hours or so. Nine centuries of mining in Wieliczka produced a total of some 200 kilometers of passages as well as 2,040 caverns of varied size.

One traveled Frenchman once observed that it was no less magnificent than the Egyptian pyramids. Millions of visitors, the crowned heads and such celebrities as Goethe and Sarah Bemhardt among them, have appeared to share his enthusiasm when exploring the subterranean world of labyrinthine passages, giant caverns, underground lakes and chapels with sculptures in the crystalline salt and rich ornamentation carved in the salt rock.
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Chandeliers made of salt

by matcrazy1

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There are a few big chandeliers made of salt in the salt mine. Their light makes a very mysterious atmosphere in the underground.

This one on the picture is located in the Blessed Kinga Chapel.

The electric light was established in the mine for the first time in former Panzerberg II chamber in 1918. Miners worked by candles and torch-lights then by oil lamps before.
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Underground music

by matcrazy1

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There was miners' orchestra playing during the Holy Mass in the Blessed Kinga Chapel.
They played rather NOT underground music hehe. But the unique acoustics of the place had made hearing music here an exceptional experience.

How did they live in Wieliczka ?

by matcrazy1

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In the underground Museum Of Salt-Works you can see detailed and simply fantastic model of Wieliczka from 17th century.

The details could be reconstructed thanks to very detailed maps of Martin German. He was an geometrist and came from SWEDEN. He was working a few years since 1631 and created oryginal, detailed map of Wieliczka.
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