The Wieliczka Salt Mine in Poland

Saint Kinga Chapel

Saint Kinga Chapel ©jhadow/Flick

With a history of hundreds of years Krakow, the medieval city of Poland manages to captivate more and more tourists with its objectives, traditions and cultural manifestations, who are looking to uncover a little of everything that means the “settlement of Krakus”.

Besides the fact that it has the oldest medieval square in Europe, the Royal Palace and the Wawel Cathedral, Krakow is the city located at 12 km from the worldwide famous  Wieliczka Salt Mine.

 

Standing for more than 700 years, it has earned the right to be part of UNESCO, being appointed as one of the largest salt mines in the world. It was the first salt mine of Poland.

The entrance of the Wieliczka Salt Mine

The entrance of the Wieliczka Salt Mine ©DoctorWho/Flick

The dimensions of the salt mine

Although the Wieliczka Salt Mine in Poland covers an area of ​​300 km, just 3.5 km are available to the visitors, who can come down to a depth of 135 m. To enjoy the wonders offered by the first level of the salt mine, tourists must descent 378 wooden stairs. It might not be easy, but once you get here you will be surrounded by the almost unbearable beauty of the underground lakes and strange forms.

The Wieliczka Salt Mine has 9 floors divided into 300 galleries, the most notably of them fullfilling the roles of restaurants, museums, religious shrines, locations of musical concerts or conferences.

The Last Supper carved in salt

The Last Supper carved in salt ©exfordy/Flick

The most important halls of the salt mine

Visitors can also enter the largest mining museum in the world, the largest salt cathedral in Poland, a sanatorium with treatment for people with respiratory diseases, more gyms and specially designed children playgrounds.

Another interesting aspect that you will meet when you descend into the underground  salt world of Krakow is that the Wieliczka Salt Mine of Krakow, also called Salt Museum, gives couples in love who want to be more original the opportunity to celebrate their religious ceremony at over 100 meters below ground. These celebrations take place in the Chapel of Saint Kinga, which can be considered the most captivating of all of the ones hidden in the heart of the Wieliczka Salt Mine.

Saint Kinga Chapel

Saint Kinga Chapel ©jhadow/Flick

The fame of the Wieliczka Salt Mine in Poland

The exceptional quality of this tourist attraction blesses Krakow is proved by approximately 1.2 million tourists a year who come here from all over the world. This is a number that can convince any explorer to come to the land of the Wieliczka Salt Mine in Poland.

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