Wieliczka Salt Mines (Wieliczka, Poland) Reviews
Description:""Kopalnia Soli "Wieliczka" Trasa Turystyczna sp. z o.o. ("Wieliczka" Salt Mine Tourist Route) ul. Danilowicza 10 / ... more
Wieliczka Salt Mines (Wieliczka, Poland) ... 32-020 Wieliczka / Poland / Tel: 48 12 278 73 75"" / Salt Mine Wieliczka works from Middle Ages being the oldest enterprise of salt industry on Polish land. For ages it was a source of polish fortune and a physical fundament of culture - today is the most willingly visited polish touristic object. Many centuries of mining the salt deposit formed the contemporary spatial mining excavation structure. Hidden below the town, situated on 9 levels, reaching 327 m deep Wieliczka's underground that is nearly 300 km of galleries and 3000 chambers. 3,5 km route 64-135 m below ground level is available for tourists. Magnificent chapels, captivating underground lakes, original tools and equipment, traces of mining works give the comprehension about people's fight against the elements, their work, passion and beliefs. Wieliczka miners left lots of salt carvings and murals. After the sightseeing, tourists can rest in the chamber complex 125 m underground where they can find souvenir shops, restaurant and a post office. In the underground of Wieliczka Salt Mine there are organized conferences, banquets, weddings, New Years Eve Ball, concerts, sport performances… Our guests are often accompanied by mine legendary characters: Treasurer, Princess Kinga, Miners, there are Orchestral concerts and exhibitions of salt carvings. Staying underground is particularly beneficial for the people with upper respiratory system problems and allergy. These problems can be healed in the Underground Rehabilitation and Treatment Centre in the Lake Wessel chamber. In 1976 Salt Mine Wieliczka was entered to the National Monuments Registry. Two years later in 1978 Mine was inscribed in UNESCO's 1st World List of Cultural and Natural Heritage, in 1994 was acknowledged as the National History Monument by the president of Poland. Nowadays the underground Tourist Route is visited by over 900 thousands tourists a year.
Newest Review: ... ago as I had good memories of the place and was pretty stunned by it as a child. It has been used as a salt mine since the middle ages and as an afterwork hobby some of the miners would design sculptures made of salt and rock. There are many carvings and murals that give you a deep look into the history of the workers and the conditions down there. You can't enter the mines alone but tour ... more
Customer Wieliczka Salt Mines (Wieliczka, Poland) Reviews (3)
by - written on 07/08/09 (Very useful, 35 readings)
Wieliczka Salt Mines are in the south of Poland, a mere 30 or so kilometres from Krakow, the majority of visitors to the city tend to make two day trips - Auschwitz and Wieliczka. Wieliczka is obviously the more cheerful of the two but it's also quite expensive with tickets costing around 45zl these days (around 9 pounds). I've been twice to this place, once in the 90s as a whippersnapper and then again a couple of years ago as I had good memories of the place and was pretty stunned by it as a child. It has been used as a salt mine since the middle ages and as an afterwork hobby some of the miners would design sculptures made of salt and rock. There are many ... Read the complete review
by - written on 03/02/09 (Very useful, 59 readings)
A short train ride from Krakow Wieliczka itself is a small and regular Polish town. On the train from Krakow it takes around 20 minutes to travel the 14 kilometres costing 4zl (zloty). Wieliczka itself reminds me of my hometown with the small green hills surrounding the town much like the Grampians in the north east of Scotland. I arrived on the first train from Krakow as travelling alone on this part of my journey I love getting up early and getting going. The draw card of Wieliczka and the reason I was there was to visit the World famous salt mines regarded as a modern wonder of the world. The mines themselves open at 7.30am however the first tour in ... Read the complete review
by - written on 23/01/06 (Very useful, 552 readings)
Hello there friends from the very bowels of the earth! For those of you who, like my dear Polish father-in-law, enjoy a few chips with your salt, here is the place of your dreams. For those of you interested in culture, history, religion, mining technology (yes, really!), serious exercise and underground caves, caverns, grottoes, waterfalls and passages here also is the place of your dreams. For those of you who are in any way physically disabled I'm sorry to say that this really is not a place to add to your European tour itinerary, part of it is claimed to be wheelchair accessible but I certainly would not attempt to view any of it ... Read the complete review
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