The most beautiful nature wonder I have ever seen
An Excursion From Krakow Is A Must !
A visit to the salt mine is a must, but beware that you will be climbing approx 800 stairs and be walking about 3 km in tunnels. Do not despair, I have a very bad knee and have done this three times already. Just take your time, the guides are really good and make sure that everyone stays with the group. From Krakow you can get here by yellow bus...more
The Wieliczka Salt Mine is a must to visit when you are in the neighbourhood (Kraków).Prepare yourself for a 3 km underground walk, many steps to derscens and visiting about 30 caves, including the famous Saint Kinga’s Chapel.This mine really deserves its place at the UNESCO's World Heritage list.Admission fee: PLN 65.00 (adult); including foreign...more
Located at Upper Level II and 91.0 metres underground, the HOLY CROSS CHAPEL was created to dedicate the saving of the mine from a catastrophic leak in the mid 19th century. The altar is located in a niche surrounded by a wooden structure and topped with an arc. In the center of the altar is placed a wooden baroque sculpture of Christ Crucified....more
Near the end of the tour you will find yourself in the Stanislaw Staszic Chamber , the highest of those accessible to tourists. You can a pay small extra fee to ascend in a lift to get a better impression of the height – 36 metres. There are a few souvenir stalls in this chamber, where among other things you can buy postcards and stamps, and have...more
Wieliczka is the only mining site in the world functioning continuously since the Middle Ages. Commercial mining was only discontinued in 1996 due to low salt prices and regular flooding of the mine. As you tour the mine you will learn quite a lot about how the salt was mined over the centuries. There are various models and replicas of equipment,...more
This is truly an amazing sight, and for me (and I imagine most visitors) was the highlight of the tour. A huge chapel (over 50 metres long and 15 metres wide), carved out of salt over 100 metres beneath the surface of the earth! It has been a place of worship since 1896, and over the more than 100 years that has passed since its construction has...more
A number of chambers along the tourist route hold statues depicting various scenes from Polish history, mythology or fantasy. The oldest sculptures were carved out of rock salt by miners, but the more recent figures were created by artists. The natural colours of the rock salt are various shades grey, so the carvings resemble rough granite rather...more
There is a designated “tourist route” through the mine, which is 3.5 kilometres in length yet covers less than 1% of the total passages here. You start by descending the Danilowicz Shaft via a 378-step staircase to a depth of 64 metres, and with further descents along the route end your visit 135 metres below the earth’s surface. Once down in the...more
The largest among the underground chapels in the Wieliczka Salt Mine, the CHAPEL OF SAINT KINGA is actually a sizable subterranean church carved in rock salt and embellished with salt sculpture and bas-reliefs.The Chapel has been a place of worship since 1896. Its ornamentation has been created over a period of more than a 100 years.When I first...more
Sunday May 30, 2010 - VT Group Tour to Wieliczka Salt MineThe Historic WIELICZKA SALT MINE, located 10 km from the centre of Krakow, is the only mine in the world where mining has been continuous since the Middle Ages. It became a UNESCO World Heritage Site September 9, 1978. Every year the salt mine (we called it a Gold Mine) attracts millions of...more
St kinga’s chapel is amazing, not only is it a very large room [length 54m, width 18m, height 12m] it is beautifully decorated with statues and wall sculptors all made from salt, even the chandeliers and the floor are made from salt. Amongst the wall, carvings are the last supper and the miracle at Cana in Galilee. Some of the statues, all carved...more
The salt mines at Wieliczka are amazing. The mine was started 700 years ago and is still being mines today. 2km of the underground network is open to the public, but this is only 3% of the total mine. The mine has corridors 250km in length. These chambers reach a depth of 327m and have a stable temperature of between 55-57 centigrade. The public...more
Its a very nice relaxed atmosphere. The restaurant serve only healthy organic food. The servers are friendly and the service is good.
After or before visit to Salt Mine, you need to come here.
Favorite Dish: local soup, salad, other local organic food.
.Wieliczka Salt Mine is situated in city of Wieliczka, nowadays practically on the outskirts of Krakow, about 10 kilometres (6 miles) southeast of Krakow's center. You can get to the mine:- by a car, - by a taxi (MY RECOMENDATION), - by a bus (NOT recommended),- by a minibus (MY RECOMENDATION),- by a train (NOT recommended). For more adventeorus...more
.I recommend you to get to Wieliczka from Krakow by a taxi. It's cheap, fast (ca 20 min. from Krakow's downtown, up to 30-40 min. during ruch hours) and the most comfortable to get there.I'm sure that you shouldn't pay more then 10 Euro/US$ for one way. MUCH MORE: follow the link below to my taxi tips on my Krakow's page..more
I have used microbuses to and back Krakow-Wieliczka. It was very fast and quite inexpensive trip. I think, the most microbuses come from Krakow bus station and later stop at some place on the way to Wieliczka. Remember, what you can just stop when with hand (like car hitchhiking). When coming back I found microbus just near Wieliczka salt mine...more
.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. .more
.The first wells (to dig salt rocks) were built not before the Middle Ages. Why? Because the superficial resources of salt were almost exhausted. So people started to look for the salt (which was "white gold", sth like oil - dark gold - now hehe) underground..more
When starting wxploring salt mine the guide says that it is dangerous to loose your way and split from the leading group. Salt mine has so much territory, corridors, that look like labirynths. It is not recomended try walking alone here. What is more, only a small territory of salt mine is on the touristic path adn has touristic facilities.more
No danger or risk of any kind down there in the Salt Mine but the guide would be held in Polish language. Please enquire about the English guide although we have to wait till at least enough people are counted for the English tour guide.Maybe if we come in a group, it would be easy to arrange the English guide, what if we come alone?...or JUST with...more
Jacket should be must-take thing to the salt mine. Temperature inside salt mine is pnly about +13 degress (so, imagine, when you go to it from outside +30 temperature). What is more, in some places where are no condition, salt is melting and dropping down. Later this salt cristalise and it is white dots on clothes (not dangerous, but just to say...more
We have 2 km to walk through the mine ! Wear comfortable shoes. The temperature in the mine is 14 Deg. Celcius. In Summer, tour starts every 5 minutes or so but in winter tours depart every half an hour to an hour when enough people have turn up. Yes, it's better you go to ease yourself first before descending to the underground mine. Taking...more
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Just remind you that Wieliczka was inhabited by significant Jewish minority before the Nazi invasion in WWII.I discovered recently one of the few former Jewish temples (synagoga)here on ul. Klasinienska.There is also some kirkut (cementary) remains in Grabowki.I have heard that there is renowned in 90- ties Protestant chappel on the way to Gdow.more
.The Crystal Cave (or rather caves: lower and upper) is a strict reservation area, out of the tourist route. This area was created by nature itself without any human activities.The cave was discovered in the second half of 19th century. You can find here many islands of crystal salt. The transparent and cubic salt crystals can measure up to 50 cm...more
This is a close-up of one of the chandeliers...Very stunning ! I'm so happy that my photo turns out this good of something that I really love !Can anybody guess if the fire on the candles are real fire or electric...??I really want this candelier to be hanging down from my ceiling...The answer is...be there !more