Wieliczka Salt Mine Guided Tour from Krakow

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Welcome to the salt city! The UNESCO-listed Wieliczka Salt Mine is among Poland’s most precious and fascinating sights. Visit several vast chambers, admire magical underground lakes, and see impressive artworks carved out of salt on an unforgettable tour 135 metres below the mine’s surface.

Duration: 4.5 hours
    Available in
  • English
My wife and I took 2 tours with this company last week. The first was the Auschwitz and Birkenhau Tour. We were well looked after by the Discover Tour guide and driver. When we got to Auschwitz we were handed over to one of their tour guides. I believe her name was Anna. She looked after us for the Auschwitz and Birkenhau part. She was a very good tour guide who spoke good English. She had a passion in what she was telling us and was very emotional with it. She was very knowledgeable about the 2 sights and was not following a script like some tour guide do. The next day we went with Discover Cracow to the Salt Mine and once again we were well looked after. The company tour guide took us through the Salt Mine with one of the Salt Mine guides and once again we were provided with detailed account of the history of the mine. Both the Auschwitz and Salt Mine tour are well worth doing whist in Krakow and in my opinion Discover Cracow is a good company to do it with.
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Highlights

  • Explore vast underground galleries and chambers
  • Admire magical underground lakes
  • See impressive artworks carved out of salt
  • Enjoy the many positive health benefits of the mine’s microclimate
  • Take a ride in a traditional mining elevator

Description

The Wieliczka Salt Mine was once one of the biggest and most profitable "white gold" mines in the world.

The first tourist trail inside this underground labyrinth was established at the turn of the 19th century. A couple of centuries later, in 1978, the mine was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Now the largest mining museum in the world, it features an extensive collection of unique equipment that reflects the development of mining techniques from the Middle Ages to the present day.

The underground trail leads through numerous drifts, galleries, and chambers where traces of mining activity and sacred artworks depicting the mine’s history have been preserved. Additionally, the mine’s microclimate is beneficial to visitors who suffer from asthma and allergies.

At the beginning of the tour, we’ll descend the steps into the mine to a depth of 64 metres. We’ll then explore a number of chambers, passing impressive monuments carved out of salt and magical underground lakes. The tour finishes 135 metres below ground. We’ll return to the surface by elevator.

What’s included & not included

  • Pick up and drop off in the centre of Krakow
  • Wieliczka Salt Mine admission fee
  • Professional guide
  • Additional fees (e.g. photography fee)
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pick up and drop off

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Meeting point

Plac Szczepański 8 or Plac Wolnica 13

Reviews from travellers (15)

4.8/5

My wife and I took 2 tours with this company last week. The first was the Auschwitz and Birkenhau Tour. We were well looked after by the Discover Tour guide and driver. When we got to Auschwitz we were handed over to one of their tour guides. I believe her name was Anna. She looked after us for the Auschwitz and Birkenhau part. She was a very good tour guide who spoke good English. She had a passion in what she was telling us and was very emotional with it. She was very knowledgeable about the 2 sights and was not following a script like some tour guide do. The next day we went with Discover Cracow to the Salt Mine and once again we were well looked after. The company tour guide took us through the Salt Mine with one of the Salt Mine guides and once again we were provided with detailed account of the history of the mine. Both the Auschwitz and Salt Mine tour are well worth doing whist in Krakow and in my opinion Discover Cracow is a good company to do it with.
Extraordinary
I have rarely seen anything this extraordinary. You start by going down a 'spiral' staircase that is square in cross-section and which seems infinite. There follows a 2 km walk though tunnels that frequently widen into display areas, chapels, ponds, son et lumiere, caverns. It is one wonder after another, difficult to encapsulate in words or pictures. The return to the surface is, mercifully, by a fast lift. Salt carvings, salt chandeliers, Salt statues. Goethe apparently called it a 'wonder of the world' in the 1790s - I have to agree with him. Our trip was marred slightly by a guide who thought that his role was to tell jokes rather than introduce the mine - but the sheer profusion and scale of the exhibits shone through his frail ego. I overheard other guides who were excellent. It is absolutely fascinating - please go! I went as part of a group - a category not included below in trip Advisor's list, so I have had to tick 'solo'.
Amazing underground complex
The must do if you are in Krakow. The tour is about 3km walk through the network of caves - you start by descending approx 60 meters via wooden stairs so get ready for some physical excercise. The caves and corridors, which were created in the past 500 years of salt mining is a unique sightseeing - some of the rooms can accommodate hundreds of people. It is an exciting excurse to the history of salt mining.
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Tour operated by: Discover Cracow