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Some 14km southeast of Kraków, Wieliczka is famous for its deep salt mine. The mine is renowned for the preservative qualities of its microclimate, as well as for its health-giving properties. The Wieliczka Salt Mine was one of the first among 12 sites from all around the world to be designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is one of the most frequently visited tourist sites in the world.
Get Wieliczka Salt Mine Ticket And Enjoy The Historical Site
After getting your Wieliczka Salt Mine Ticket, you can enter and see the chapels. The world's biggest church built underground is located at the depth of 101 meters in the Wieliczka Salt Mine. Made exclusively of rock salt, it is dedicated to St. Kinga, a patron saint of salt mine workers. When you cross their threshold, you enter a completely different world. The splendid altars, magnificent carved figures and details of the decor endow their interiors with the appropriate sobriety, but also cosiness and warmth. In the chapels in the underground of the Wieliczka Salt Mine, you can quietly pray and rest, and also take a step back from yourself and your daily life. These are also places that will certainly interest people who are fascinated by the art and tradition of the Wieliczka miners. Miners were always very religious, due the fact that they were working underground in constant danger, in darkness, and away from their families. They created underground chapels as places where they could pray, gain strength and energy before facing the challenges that awaited them and seek the protection of the patron saints of the underworld. Shrines were created nearby the miners' workplaces, at the major and minor shafts and places where tragic accidents occurred. It is no longer possible to determine the complete number of the shrines which once existed at the Wieliczka Salt Mine. The Pilgrims' Route allows you to visit the most important of them.
Covered in working clothes and armed with mining equipment, the visitors to the Wieliczka mine stop feeling like tourists as soon as they descend into the darkness by the oldest existing mine shaft, the Regis. Each of them is attributed a mining profession and tasks by the guide, known at the mine as the Foreman, who will carefully evaluate their execution. In this manner, visitors become novice miners (Slepry) and start to learn the ropes of this demanding profession guided by the light of their mining lamps. The trail, located far off the busy Tourist Route, allows the visitors to discover the inner workings of the mine. On their own, they measure 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. This is definitely the most interesting thing to do at Wielczka Salt Mine. You can buy Wieliczka Salt Mine Ticket for this route and get a guided tour.
The graduation tower constitutes a complementation of the vast number of services provided by the Wieliczka Salt Mine Ticket, but it may also be an alternative for those persons who would like to take advantage of all the beneficial values of the Wieliczka salt while remaining on the surface. The graduation tower measures 7,500 square meters of surface area and an additional element prepared for those visiting the facility is the 22-meter high observation tower from which one can admire the panorama of the park and mine shafts. You need to purchase a different Wieliczka Salt Mine Ticket to do this tour.
For literally hundreds of years, tourists have enjoyed the underground wonders of Wieliczka Salt Mine. If you buy Wieliczka Salt Mine ticket for the Tourist Route, your ticket is valid for two parts of the salt mine: the Tourist Route, which comprises the first 2 hours, and the Underground Museum which takes an additional hour to visit. In between there's an opportunity to take a break, use the restrooms and even get something to eat. However, be aware that the tour does not end at the restaurant as many tour guides suggest it does to foreign groups; in fact, they are obliged to escort you to and through the Underground Museum (which you have already paid for) as well. You can purchase a combined Wieliczka Salt Mine Ticket to do this tour and the Miner's Tour.
The Mysteries of the Wieliczka Mine route 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 specialised guide, will begin their journey at the Regis Shaft , located in the centre of the town of Wieliczka, away from the traditional Tourist Route. During the few hours of expedition, the trail will lead them through the excavations of a particular historical and geological value. Squeezing through narrow slits, bowing humbly in low passages, visitors will discover the truly magical power of the Wieliczka undergrounds. You need to purchase a different Wieliczka Salt Mine Ticket to do this tour.
How to Get Tickets?
You can purchase your Wieliczka Salt Mine ticket from the adjacent ticket office and check the outside display for the time of the next guided tour in your language (tours are offered in Polish, English, Russian, French, Italian, Spanish and German). Another option is to purchase your Wieliczka Salt Mine ticket online on their official website.
How To Get Around?
The Mine can only be explored by walking and you are not allowed to get inside without a guide. The Mine can be reached by means of transport but you will have to walk to explore it.
What Should I Wear?
The Wieliczka Salt Mine is located 135 metres underground, where the air temperature is approximately 14–16 Celsius degrees. Therefore, you are required to bring warm clothes (e.g. sweaters, jackets). Wieliczka Salt Mine tour is partly a walking tour, so you should wear comfortable sports shoes.
Best Time to Visit
You can visit and get Wieliczka Salt Mine ticket at any time of the year. In July and August English-language tours depart every half-hour from 8.30am to 6pm as it is the high season. During the rest of the year there are between six and eight daily tours in English.
Will I Need a Guide?
Yes, your Wieliczka Salt Mine ticket includes a local guide. All tours of the mine take place exclusively under the supervision of a tour guide, this is better for your safety. Tour guides speaking in various foreign languages are also available to non-Polish speaking groups.
How To Get There?
The Wieliczka Salt Mine is located 10 km from the centre of Krakow. It is located in the vicinity of the E40 route and may be accessed in a few convenient ways. From Krakow, get in the bus number 304 departing in the vicinity of the shopping mall Galeria Krakowska (ul. Kurniki) and get off the bus at the stop called Wieliczka Kopalnia Soli. Zone I (Strefa I) and II Agglomeration (II Aglomeracja). From here you can walk to the Mine. Another option is by minivan departing in the vicinity of the Main Railway Station in Krakow, going in the direction of Wieliczka Rynek. Get off at a stop called Wieliczka Kopalnia Soli (Wieliczka Salt Mine) at the crossroads of ul. Dembowskiego and ul. Daniłowicza. To reach the Regis Shaft, get off the minivan one stop later, i.e. Wieliczka Rynek.
For safety reasons, before entering the museum, you are required to undergo a search and luggage inspection. The Wieliczka Salt Mine tour allows you to bring a hand luggage item with maximum dimensions of 35 ˣ 20 ˣ 20 centimetres.