Wieliczka Warnings and Dangers

  • DO NOT BE SCARED !
    DO NOT BE SCARED !
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  • WOODEN  STAIRS  IN THE  PIESKOWA  SKALA  CHAMBER
    WOODEN STAIRS IN THE PIESKOWA SKALA ...
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  • UNDERGROUND  SANATORIUM
    UNDERGROUND SANATORIUM
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    Better not to walk alone in salt mine

    by Raimix Updated Sep 14, 2006

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    Inside salt mine - looks like labirinths.

    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.

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    Slippery...

    by coceng Written Apr 29, 2004

    Again, no danger but some areas are slippery; You will go down these steps down the underground mines...
    Just make sure your hand grips the banister & put your legs/feet properly on those steps.
    Also, if you experience a bit of clautrophobia, let the tour guide know, okay.

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    Just An Advice...

    by coceng Updated Apr 29, 2004

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    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 another person?..
    Like the photo on the left,..I remember the guide was talking so long about the statue ( could be the most exciting statue ?...)...but sadly, I couldn't understand the story....

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    Do NOT touch/lick salt sculptures

    by matcrazy1 Written Dec 28, 2002

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    THE  HOLY  VIRGIN  WITH   A  CHILD

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    The whole mine is the strict nature reserve. Touching and licking salt sculptures is strictly forbidden.
    I must say that I saw group of school children licking... salt sculptures once.
    Hmm... salt is cheap now, haven't they ever tasted salt?

    Some sculptures like the statue of the Holy Virgin with a child - transferred from Lizak Chamber to the Holy Cross Chamber in 19th century - are very valuable.
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    Underground collapses

    by matcrazy1 Written Dec 28, 2002

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    BROKEN  WOODEN  ROOF  PROPS

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    The tourist route is save and properly protected against collapses. But out of this route some parts of the mine maybe dangerous. So NEVER leave the tourist route.
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    In the past there were many underground collapses - look at the picture.
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    Ghosts of Wieliczka Salt Mine

    by matcrazy1 Written Dec 28, 2002

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    THE  GHOST  AND  THE  MINER

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    Do you believe in ghosts? Hmm.. I don't but... maybe you manage to meet any (good) ghost in Wieliczka Salt Mine.

    There is a very old legend about the good ghost of the mine who warned miners against dangers like explosions of methane. He used to say miners coming to work: "do not go" just before underground disasters.

    So if hear him saying you do not visit the mine do... what you wish :-).
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    Swimming in underground lakes

    by matcrazy1 Written Dec 28, 2002

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    BRIDGE  OVER  THE  WEIMAR  LAKE

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    Swimming in underground lakes is strictly forbidden hehe although water contains much more salt then Dead Sea in Israel so it's not so easy to drown there.
    But there is not Israel climate in the mine, water seems to be too cold to bath hehe.
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    Cold microclimate

    by matcrazy1 Written Dec 28, 2002

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    UNDERGROUND  SANATORIUM

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    There maybe quite cold underground even when outside is hot summer. I mean about 15C=59F or even below. So wear warm clothes (look at children on the picture).

    Btw the microclimate made by water and salt is very healthy for people suffering from allergy. That's why there is the sanatorium (still opened) underground.
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    Walk carefully

    by matcrazy1 Written Dec 28, 2002

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    WOODEN  STAIRS  IN THE  PIESKOWA  SKALA  CHAMBER

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    There are many stairs in the tourist route inside the mine. They usually have balustrades at least one side but... be careful, look where you put your feet, especially walking the wooden stairs (165 steps) in the huge and high Pieskowa Skala Chamber. The fall maybe very dangerous.

    Imagine that the mine workers carried up salt rocks the same stairs in the past.
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    Water and humidity

    by matcrazy1 Updated Dec 28, 2002

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    PARTLY DISSOLVED SCULPTURE IN ST. ANTHONY CHAPEL

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    It's warning and danger for... old sculptures not for you hehe.

    Today, many of the salt sculptures are slowly dissolving. Water vapor present in the ventilation air in the mine is being absorbed into the rock salt at several locations in the mine, causing erosion of the carved salt surfaces.

    A joint team of Polish and AMERICAN scientists and engineers are conducting experiments in the mine to document the environmental conditions there and to seek solutions to the water vapor condensation problem. One question faced by the study team is whether or not there is any significant soiling or chemical attack on the statuary that might alter the hygroscopic character of the salt.

    The most dissolved sculptures you can find in the oldest St. Anthony Chapel.
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    Methane and job for your boss :-)

    by matcrazy1 Updated Dec 28, 2002

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    JOB  FOR  YOUR  BOSS :-))

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    Methane, odourless, colourness inflammable gas (CH4) occured in Wieliczka Salt Mine, in the past as fire damp, causing explosions.
    The mine is now properly ventillated and there is NO methane underground :-))).

    In the past miners with long poles fired at the end were looking for methane under the roof (methane is lighter then air) and they fired it. I wonder how many of them died from explosions. Btw they were called penitents. Would you like your boss to try such work? Hehe.
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    DO NOT BE SCARED !!!

    by matcrazy1 Updated Dec 28, 2002

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    DO NOT BE SCARED !

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    Don't be scared looking at some frantic and terrible sculptures in salt rocks, especially in darker places. They don't bite hehe.
    Although I think the mine's area would be great scene for horror movies hehehe :-). Am I wrong?
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    It's not a fairy-tale

    by matcrazy1 Written Dec 28, 2002

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    BROWNIE  IN  WIELICZKA  SALT  MINE

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    Even if you are amazed of fabulous shapes and colours of salt rocks, even if you see brownie (hehe, look at my picture) remember that it is NOT fairyland it's Wieliczka Salt Mine :-).
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