Wieliczka Salt Mine is one of the most precious and fascinating Polish monuments. The first tourist trail in Wieliczka was established as early as at the turn of the 19th century. A couple of centuries later the salt mine was designated as one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites (1978). The underground trail leads through numerous drifts, galleries and chambers, where traces of mining activity have been preserved, as well as examples of sacred art, theme compositions relating to the history of the mine and legends. Wielicza is at the same time the world's largest mining heritage museum with a collection encompassing unique pieces of mining equipment reflecting the development of mining techniques from the Middle Ages until today. Moreover, the microclimate of the mine has a beneficial impact on visitors who suffer from asthma and allergies. The tour starts with a descent down the stairs to the depth of 64 meters. Visitors are led through a number of chambers and shown underground lakes, shrines and salt monuments. The trip finishes at the level of 135 meters below the surface. Visitors return to the surface by lift.
Customer Information: The tour takes place under the supervision of a guide.The temperature in the mine is constant (about 14 degrees), and therefore it is recommended to bring warm clothing even in the summer. There are 800 steps on the way, including 380 right at the start. It is recommended to wear comfortable shoes. Part of the route has wheelchair access, although prior booking is necessary. The price does not include fees for photography and filming. A discount entrance fee is available for students aged up to 24 holding a valid student ID. Entry is free for children under 5 years of age traveling with carers, although it is necessary to provide this information when making a reservation. The service does not include a meal, so please bring a packed lunch. It is forbidden to smoke and use open flame in the mine. A printed voucher must be handed in at the beginning of the trip.
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