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Home to a UNESCO-listed salt mine, this Polish city is an ideal base for visiting Krakow and Auschwitz.

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From Krakow: Skip-the-Line Day Tour to Wieliczka Salt Mine

1. From Krakow: Skip-the-Line Day Tour to Wieliczka Salt Mine

Visit the most famous salt mine in Europe. The Wieliczka Salt Mine is one of the UNESCO monuments and has been gathering salt for over 700 years. It’s one of the most beautiful facilities of this type in the world. An English-speaking driver will pick you up from the city center or from the hotel if private transport is selected. With an air-conditioned, comfortable bus/van you will reach Wieliczka town in about 25 minutes. Meet your guide, and walk down the wooden stairs to a depth of 65 meters. The guide will explain the rules of a salt mine as well as various legends and stories about mine’s past. The tour takes place in the underground corridors and chambers, well prepared for visitors. Certain points on your way are dedicated to famous people who decided to visit Salt Mine in the past, for example, Chopin or Goethe. There will be many stories about mining and the progress of the works over the years. After a while, you will encounter a huge chapel carved underground. It’s considered one of the most beautiful chapels in the world – St. Kinga Chapel, where the artists carved a church in salt. It’s time to get some photos and have a quick rest before proceeding with the tour. After a short break, you will proceed to a huge area with an underground lake, where the world’s first underground balloon flight took place. There will be a few places to buy souvenirs as well. Don’t worry there is no need to climb these hundreds of steps again to go to the surface. There is a mining elevator that helps you get out of the mine. It’s time to meet your driver at the place of departure to the mine, and have a safe journey back to Krakow.

From Kraków: Wieliczka Salt Mine Guided Tour

2. From Kraków: Wieliczka Salt Mine Guided Tour

Every year over 1 million tourists from all over the world visit the famous Wieliczka Salt Mine. They admire impressive salt sculptures, brine lakes, underground chapels, and chambers chiseled in salt. Definitely, the Wieliczka Salt Mine is one of Poland’s most visited tourist sites. If you also want to see kilometers of underground corridors with breathtaking chambers, local expert guide will unveil them to you during the all-inclusive Wieliczka Salt Mine Tour. One of Kraków’s top tourist attractions is undoubtedly a salt mine located in Wieliczka. Wieliczka is a small town about 15 km to the southeast. The first official tourist trail in Wieliczka opened underground way back in the mid 19th century. Since then, Wieliczka Salt Mine has been ranked a number one favorite thing about Kraków (by Cracovians) many times. There are several ways to visit the mine, however, the most popular is the traditional ‘Tourist Route’ which leaves from the Daniłowicza Shaft. The route covers the most impressive parts of the salt mine, including saline lakes, ancient mining tools, and majestic chapels and chambers. The Wieliczka Salt Mine has worked for 900 years. During those years, a total of some 200 kilometers of passages, as well as 2,040 caverns of varied size have been made. The ‘Tourist Route’ starts 64 meters deep and ends 135 meters below the earth’s surface. In 1978, Wieliczka Salt Mine was inscribed on the original list of UNESCO World Heritage. Occasionally, Wieliczka Salt Mine’s biggest chambers ‘host’ concerts and other events. There is also a sanatorium for people suffering from asthma and allergy. It is situated 135 meters deep underground. Your Wieliczka Salt Mine Tour starts directly at the hotel door. You will be picked up by one of our English-speaking drivers. We leave Kraków and head towards Wieliczka. The town is situated around 12 kilometers from Kraków, so the drive won’t last long. Sightseeing with a local guide takes approximately 2 hours. It starts at Level 1 of the salt mine (64 meters deep underground). We will walk around 2 kilometers, visiting around 20 breath-taking chambers surrounded by salt in all shades of grey, black, and white, and two majestic chapels. One of them is one of the most famous chapels in Poland – the Chapel of St. Kinga. The Chapel of St. Kinga is the heart of the mine. It is filled with amazingly illuminated religious bas-relief sculptures carved in salt. During the trip, you will have a unique opportunity to taste the salt on your lips, experience the pure silence, and finally, listen to the stories of the history of the mine. Once the sightseeing is over, we will take the elevator to go back to the surface. You will be delivered to your place of departure. If needed, we can also arrange a special route for wheelchair users - please check tour options.

Wieliczka Salt Mine: Guided Tour from Krakow with Pickup

3. Wieliczka Salt Mine: Guided Tour from Krakow with Pickup

Just book your trip and relax. On the evening before the tour you'll get an e-mail and text with the details like pickup time. On the day of your tour - welcome on-board, please pass the seatbelts and start magnificent journey! Get some knowleadge about the City of Cracow from experienced host-drivers and after that, join to the guide and group of maximum 30 people in the Salt Mine. At the beginning you'll pass around 370 wooden steps but it'll be not so hard! - See beautiful chambers, salt sculptures, and underground lakes. - See life-size statues, imposing chapels, and intricate altars carved in salt. - Explore the 3 underground levels and learn about the history and cultural importance of the mine. - Return using a specific, very interesting elevator. Easy and fun! Tour with a guide lasts approximately 2-2,5 hours. After all, quick drop to the destination of your choice. In Cracow of course... General, if may offer some advice. Downtown Cracow will always be there. Why not spend some time getting to know the other parts of the city? That way, when you do go "downtown", it will be that much more special... Yes? Okay! Happy travels!

From Krakow: Wieliczka Salt Mine Half-Day Tour

4. From Krakow: Wieliczka Salt Mine Half-Day Tour

The Wieliczka Salt Mine is one of the most visited by tourists places in Poland. A trip to the Wieliczka Salt Mine is an adventure combining the beauty of nature, history and art. When measuring over 3 km of the route, beating 800 stairs, you will go down to the depth 135 meters. Deep underground you will find a one of a kind salt city, living its own life, and in it: winding corridors, caves and chamber salt sculptures, as well as exhibitions and old mechanisms still in operation, thanks to which you will learn the methods of extraction. Get ready for the experience not only visual, but also acoustic - this is the only place where you will be delighted with Chopin's music, admiring the accompanying effects light being dozens of meters underground. The salt mine is also a place known for its pro-health properties for airways.

Wieliczka Salt Mine: Fast-Track Ticket and Guided Tour

5. Wieliczka Salt Mine: Fast-Track Ticket and Guided Tour

Tour Leader will assist you with entrance to the museum. Sightseeing takes place 135 m below the surface. Get ready to walk down 800 stairs to get to the starting point. The tour takes up to 3 hours. Channel your inner miner, exploring the depths of underground chambers, churches, and altars made of salt. After a 2.5 km walk with a licensed guide provided by the museum, you'll return to the surface with an original elevator used by the miners. The Wieliczka Salt Mine reaches a depth of 327 meters and extends via horizontal passages and chambers for over 287 kilometers (178 miles). The rock salt is naturally of varying shades of grey, resembling unpolished granite rather than the white crystalline substance that might be expected.

From Krakow: Skip-the-Line Wieliczka Salt Mine Guided Tour

6. From Krakow: Skip-the-Line Wieliczka Salt Mine Guided Tour

Visit the famous Wieliczka Salt Mines, a UNESCO-listed site on a guided tour. Take advantage of skip-the-line entry tickets and explore the significant places of the salt mine. Learn about the fascinating history of one of the world’s oldest working salt mines.  Begin your day with a convenient pickup service and enjoy a 40-minute scenic drive through the beautiful areas of Poland. Meet your multilingual guide at the salt mine and take an in-depth guided tour of the historic site. See underground lakes, four chapels, and unique statues carved by miners out of rock salt. Immerse yourself into the history and cultural importance of a must-see attraction in Krakow. Once the guided tour is over, your driver will take you back to your accommodation in Krakow.

From Kraków: Auschwitz-Birkenau Tour with Lunch and Pickup

7. From Kraków: Auschwitz-Birkenau Tour with Lunch and Pickup

Pay your respects and hear about the history of the Holocaust on this day trip to the Auschwitz from Kakrow. The trip will visit both the Auschwitz I Museum and the Birkenau Camp. Licensed Auschwitz guides will lead you through the history of the largest concentration camp complex and its role in the Holocaust. See the original roads, fences, watchtowers and gas chambers. Commemorate the camp's victims as you walk through the site. At the Auschwitz I Museum, learn about the Holocaust and the warning from history that the camp represents. Hear the somber stories of what it was like to live at the camp as you view exhibitions containing original items from the camp prisoners. Your itinerary will involve pickup and drop-off from a choice of meeting points in Krakow, entrance to the Auschwitz I Museum and exhibits, a 15-minute break, and a visit to Birkenau, before returning to Krakow. During the tour each of the guests will receive a fresh-made lunch box.

Wieliczka Salt Mine: Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line Tickets

8. Wieliczka Salt Mine: Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line Tickets

Experience the nature, history, and art that lies within the Wieliczka Salt Mine on this guided tour and save time with skip-the-line tickets to this popular attraction. Follow your licensed museum guide to a depth of 135 meters below ground.  Start by taking the stairs into the mine. Let your guide take you along a 2-kilometer route through winding corridors, caves, and chambers. Admire sculptures carved from salt and elaborate engravings.  See exhibits on old mining machines and equipment. Learn about how the salt is still extracted from this mine that has been in operation for 700 years. Uncover the acoustic properties of the mine as you listen to Chopin's music  Visit St. Kinga Chapel which is decorated with large chandeliers that cast a glowing light onto the reflective salt. Breathe in the microclimate which is thought to have some soothing respiratory properties. 

Krakow: Wieliczka Salt Mine Guided Tour

9. Krakow: Wieliczka Salt Mine Guided Tour

Discover the wonders of a salt mine on this exciting guided visit. The tour starts with a descent down the stairs to a depth of 64 meters. The micro-climate of the mine has a beneficial impact on visitors who suffer from asthma and allergies. You’ll be led through a number of chambers and see underground lakes, shrines, and salt monuments. The underground labyrinth covers 9 levels at 64 to 327 meters below the surface of the earth. Nearly 2,400 chambers are connected with sidewalks, for a total length of 245km. The mine was added to the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1978. The first tourist trail in Wieliczka was established at the turn of the 19th century. The trail leads through numerous drifts and galleries where evidence of mining activity has been preserved. You’ll also see examples of sacred art and themed compositions relating to the history of the mine and legends surrounding it. Wieliczka is also home to the world's largest mining heritage museum, with a collection of unique pieces of mining equipment reflecting the development of mining techniques from the Middle Ages until today. The tour ends at a level that’s 135 meters below the surface, and you’ll return to the surface by elevator.

Wieliczka Salt Mine: Guided Tour from Krakow

10. Wieliczka Salt Mine: Guided Tour from Krakow

Book this half-day Wieliczka Salt Mine excursion and a professional, English-speaking driver will drive you straight to the site, where a local guide will take you through the historic underground city. Experience the famous salt mine dating back to medieval times with a history of 9 centuries of salt exploitation. Embark on the tourist route through the mine, located 135 meters underground and only accessible by stairs. Encounter a unique place to visit that is a must-see during your stay in Krakow. Visiting the Salt Mine is also good for your health on account of its special climate and micro-element-filled air. 

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What people are saying about Wieliczka

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 17,980 reviews

Great trip and well worth a visit. Only downside was that it’s very long and could probably be done in half the time. Knowledgable guide. Lots of steps.

The your was very interesting and knowledgeable . Our guide was fantastic and very friendly. Overall great , great place .

very easy if you aren't comfortable with the language or with figuring out the bus system

This was all very well organised and met the description as advertsied.

Excellent guide, the salt mine is absolutely a must see in Krakaw.