Only several kilometers away from the Krakow Old Town there is one of the most valuable Polish monuments, whose history dates back to the Middle Ages. Descend 135 meters below the surface to discover the amazing world full of chambers, underground lakes and even a chapel where almost everything is made of salt.
For almost 700 years, miners extracting salt dug up 245 kilometers of underground corridors. Today, some of them are open to the public as part of the underground tourist route. The value of this place was recognized in 1978, when it was inscribed on the first UNESCO World Heritage List.
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Please take your ID or passport. If you purchase a student ticket, please bring your student card as well.
We recomment to wear comfortable shoes. The lenght of the route inside the mine is 3,5 km.
The temperature underground ranges from 17 to 18ºC.
The salt mine is open to people of all ages and the tour does not require above-average physical condition. If you travel with children we do not recommend to use strollers due to the number of steps on the route.
You will descent approx. 800 steps (approx. 380 of them at the beginning of the guided tour to enter the salt mine). We will return to the surface by lift.
The route starts at a depth of 64 meters to reach the maximum depth of 135 meters at the end of the tour.
The maximum dimensions of hand luggage which can be brought inside the mine is 35cm x 20cm x 20cm.
Some areas of the mine are adapted for people with reduced mobility. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you want to arrange a tour to visit this part of the mine.
Visit the Tourist Route of the world-famous Wieliczka Salt Mine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site located within the Kraków metropolitan area, to explore the underground world carved in rock salt. We will take you from Kraków to the town of Wieliczka where you will meet your professional tour guide and descent approximately 380 steps to enter the mine and start the 2-hour guided tour.
The history of the place dates back to the Middle Ages and over more than 700 years miners excavated the galleries and chambers that extend for over 245 km and reach the depth of 327 m. Nowadays 2% of them can be visited under the supervision of a guide.
We will follow the Tourist Route to discover picturesque sites of one of the most valuable and unique Polish monuments. Wandering through passageways, we will see such wonders as underground lakes, chambers with walls of varying shades of grey and majestic, fully carved St. Kinga’s chapel with its salt-crystal chandeliers and salt sculptures. Wind down, breathe in an exceptional pure air, listen to the mix of legends and history and learn about the methods of salt extraction.
In about two hours we will walk 3,5 km, descent approximately 800 steps and reach the depth of 135 m. An elevator will take you back to the surface. At the end you will enjoy a short break before we return by bus to Kraków.
We will meet you at selected pick-up point at the pick-up time which is confirmed on your ticket. We decided to limit the number of departure locations to minimize the disturbance to Kraków residents and reduce travel carbon footprint. In case of any delay, you will be notified by our team. We recommend to appear at the meeting point at least 5 minutes before departure.
Our buses are easy to recognize as there is Visit Kraków sign on the exterior or on the dashboard of the bus. Our English-speaking driver or tour leader will scan your ticket before boarding the bus. Both paper and electronic tickets are accepted.
Our journey to Wieliczka will take approximately 30 minutes.
Upon arrival in Wieliczka, you will meet your professional tour guide that will accompany you for about two hours while visiting the Tourist Route. You will descent approximately 380 steps to reach level I of the salt mine which is at the depth of 64 m.
The guided tour lasts about 2 hours. We will walk 3,5 km and descent and climb about 800 steps (including 380 steps at the start of the visit) to reach level III at the depth of 135 m. During the tour you will visit several chambers carved in salt, including the most precious one – St. Kinga’s Chapel, you will walk salt passageways and admire underground salt lakes. This underground route is a perfect way to disconnect from digital world and wind down as there is no signal in the mine.
At the end of the guided tour we will get back to the surface by elevator.
After returning to the surface, you will have one-hour break to enjoy a cup of coffee or shopping. You can also visit the market square to see the 3D street painting Salt World or go to the Graduation Tower (there is an admission charge which is not included in the price of the tour) to relax and breathe in purifying air.
After the break, you will meet our tour leader and your tour group at a predetermined time and return to Kraków by bus.
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