The Wieliczka Salt Mine is one of the most outstanding attractions in Europe and your visit to Krakow is incomplete without visiting this fabulous historical monument. Read on to learn about our suggestions.
The route through the mine leads you through galleries and chambers on three levels, all of these from 64 to 135 meters below the ground and including the unique and splendidly adorned Chapel of the Blessed Kinga. You need to be in a fair physical shape, as the route is 2.5 km long and the tour starts by descending 400 steps down one of the main shafts (journey back by elevator, though!). And this is just a small part of the total labyrinth, which has a total of 9 levels and 300 kilometres of corridors.
If you feel that 2.5 kilometres is too much to walk, our travel consultants can organise a shorter private tour in the salt mine. There is now also an itinerary with wheelchair access.
It is quite easy to get to Wieliczka on your own (its actually a suburb of Krakow) and many visitors travel there by one of the many local minibuses or by taxi. StayPoland offers two other convenient options: one for groups and one private. You can take the coach from one of the hotels it stops at every day, and then come back the same way. These organized trips make it easier for you to get inside the mine, as it means you will not have to join one of the (frequently long) queues for tickets. Additionally, the organised tour is cost-effective for one or two people.