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Wieliczka Salt Mine...
Another major attraction if you base yourself in Krakow.
The Wieliczka Salt Mine is 15 km south-east of Krakow.
Also known as 'Kopalnia Soli'....it is still in operation, which has been going on since the last 700 years !
The mine has a labyrinth of tunnels, distributed over 9 levels.
A visit here is a must, I should say.
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Wieliczka salt mines
A short ride from central Krakow is the UNESCO World Heritage site at the Wieliczka salt mines, the oldest Polish industrial plant in continuous operation, for over 700 hundred years. Only about 2 km of the 300 km of mines are open to the public but you get to see examples of the tools and equipment used to mine the salt and chapels, statues and chandeliers made of salt.
If you enjoy the tour, stay on for the museum which is included but requires a guide.
Foreign language tours are given at various times during the day depending on the season. English language tours, according to the brochure, are at 10 am and 12:30 pm throughout the year, additional tours at 1:45 pm, 3 pm and 5 pm in July/August and 3:00 pm in June/Sept/Oct. However we were there in May and caught a 3 pm tour. Cost for the English language tour was 38 zl per person, an additional 9 zl if you wanted to take pictures.
Wear comfortable shoes and warm clothes, the temperature is around 14C all year round.
Best way to get there from Krakow was the Lux-Bus mini bus that leaves from outside the Krakow Glowny train station, look for the yellow sign near the intercity bus stops. Cost of the Lux-bus is 2 zl and they leave every 10 minutes or so. The bus makes several stops so keep an eye out for the parking and signs for Kopalnia Soli or ask the driver where to get off.
Wieliczca Royal salt Mines
The Wieliczka Royal salt Mines are a must for any visitor to the area. It is really fantastic what the miners have created out of salt. If you have to forsake a day in Cracow to see this place, do so!
For more details of opening times, contact details and pictures; please see the travelogues attached to my Cracow page.
Please note that you have to navigate 400 steps to get down to the mineshafts. I would not recommend this trip for the infirm.
As with any other mine or cave in the world, legends of dwarves abound. The photo shows dwarves that were carved by superstitious miners that believed in them.
On a lighter note, you should...
On a lighter note, you should also take a look at the Wieliczka Salt Mine. This is not your average mine, yet consists of huge underground rooms furnished with statues and chandeliers etc - each carved completely from salt.
Its an underground maze of slat carvings! How more unique can you get?? I THINK it is on the World Heritage list...
About 13 miles outside of...
About 13 miles outside of Krakow is Poland's oldest working salt mine. The fantastic salt sculptures and the underground cathedral cared out of salt has got to be seen to be believed. This site is on UNESCO's World Cultural Heritage list. To see the mine, you must take the lift hundreds of feet down below the surface. The deposits go down to a depth of 1,034ft and the total length of all the galleries, chambers and tunnels is over 93 miles. I would suggest a pass on this visit if you are have problems in small spaces because the tunnels get very low and narrow. But otherwise, it is a great day out and one you will not forget.
The most incredible statues carved entirely of salt are amazing. Some of note are the Crucifixcion of Our Lord, an huge ballroom with everything including chandeliers and the floor entirely of salt, a wonderful statue of the Holy Father and of Our Lady, gnomes,light shows, etc.
Wieliczka Salt Mines
A huge underground mine with tours led by ex-miners. Occassional tours in English but with a small leaflet you can join any tour and still get a lot out of the tour. Some fantastic chambers including one with ornate carvings and releifs. The tour lasts approx 2hrs and includes a stop at an underground coffee shop!
Wieliczka salt mine
This extraordinary salt mine is just 8km form Krakow. Tour takes 3 hours. Try to take tour with your language.
Mine is 327 m but you will see rooms between 64m and 135 m deep. Everybody must see.
The salt caves Wieliczka
These caves are just fantastic...everything is made of salt... Figures, a chapel+++ everything under the ground... Unbeliveble!
Wieliczka Salt Mine
Exept in summer, the two-hour tour is provided in Polish only, so make sure you purchase a guide in whatever language you speak (if not Polish, that is.)
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