Just 15km away from one of the most beautiful cities in Poland – Cracow- there is the entrance to a place that it is hard to believe that it exists. This place I am talking about is one of the oldest salt mines in operations that existed in the world: Wieliczka Salt Mine – a whole world under our feet.
Why is Wieliczka salt mine so special?
It is believed that it is the best preserved salt mine in the whole world! It was declared as a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1978.
The salt mine has many attractions to offer such as chambers, chapels, concerts or museums. Most of the walls of course are made from salt and at some point the tour guide will ask you to lick them in case you don’t believe him. If you are lucky enough maybe you will have the chance to meet with some workers of the mine and you will see them in their working clothes and with their ‘car’ in which they transport materials 🙂 When I went there I asked them if I could make a photo with them.
Location of Wieliczka Salt Mine
This salt mine is located in a region called Wieliczka, and it operated till 2007. The salt mine itself is more than 200km long and more than 300 meters deep!
Saint Kinga Chapel
In my opinion the main attraction of this site is the Saint Kinga Chapel that is located deep inside the mine. When you enter this Chapel I can assure you that you will be impressed and you will be asking yourself: How is it possible that people could built this? And I am not kidding with this, the chapel is perfectly well conserved and it has sculptures that are made just from salt! Nowadays some weddings are taking place there. Could you imagine to have your wedding there? I guess it would be awesome!
The salt mine received a lot of famous people from all over the world along the history such as: Nicholas Copernicous, Fryderyk Chopin, Karol Wojtyła, Bill Clinton among others.
Tours inside the Salt Mine
When you are visiting the mine you will not be able to visit the whole mine, but you will be able to visit more less 20 km of it and go around 150 meters deep, not bad right? Also there are several tours during the day in different languages. This place is a mandatory attraction together with Auschwitz concentration camp if you are visiting Cracow region.
Have you been in this place before? What was the best for you when visiting the salt mine?