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  The unique salt-mine is located 13 km from Kraków. Its history dates back to the XII century. The underground tourist route is 4.5 km long and the lifts go 135 m below the ground. Museum of Salt Mine collects expansive exhibits illustrating the history of salt mining of the Podkarpacie region.


  The Saint Kinga's Chapel is carved in salt and presents an exceptional beauty. Wieliczka is also rehabilitation and treatment centre. On the fifth level of the mine, there is a sanatorium chamber, where illnesses of respiratory system are cured. While visiting the town we recommend to walk around the Market Square and the castle.


  Detailed programme of the trip to Wieliczka

  • Minivan transfer
  • Entrance to the salt-mine by staircase (380 stairs) to the level I (64m)
  • Sightseeing of the salt-mine and Saint Kinga's Chapel
  • Visiting the museum exhibition on the III level
  • Leaving the underground by The Danilowicz Shaft from level III (135m)
  • Return to Kraków

  Duration of the trip is about 3.5 hours. Bus departs on Saturday from Pawia Street, next to the Railway Station. The Minibuses marked Contra-Bus or Lux-Bus leave at 1.30 p.m. or 3.30 p.m. The tour of the mine is in English and starts at 3.00 p.m. or 5.00 p.m.

  The tourist route consists of 20 chambers interconnected by 3 km of long corridors and goes through three levels, from 64 to 135 m below the ground. The tourist route leads through the underground caverns and chapels. The most fascinating is the Saint Kinga's Chapel: it is 50m long, 16m wide and 10m high with beautiful chandeliers made of salt crystal and sculptures carved in salt, made at the beginning of the last century. In 1978 Wieliczka Salt-Mine was inscribed at the UNESCO List of Cultural and Natural Heritage. The temperature in the mine is constant - 14°C. It is recommended to take warm clothes when visiting the mine in the summer.