Wieliczka Salt Mine

Zielona Gora, Poland

Immerse yourself in the vast subterranean world of the Wieliczka Salt Mine!

Planning a visit to Krakow?

Krakow, the cultural capital of Poland, is a city steeped in history and charm, boasting a rich tapestry of architectural wonders, vibrant street life, and a thriving arts scene. 

At its heart lies the meticulously preserved Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where visitors can wander through cobblestone streets lined with picturesque medieval buildings. The iconic Main Market Square, one of the largest in Europe, serves as the pulsating hub of activity, surrounded by stunning landmarks such as the medieval Cloth Hall and the towering St. Mary's Basilica, with its mesmerising hourly trumpet call.

Beyond its historical allure, Krakow offers a wealth of cultural experiences sure to captivate any traveller. Art enthusiasts can explore the city's numerous museums and galleries, including the renowned National Museum and the MOCAK Museum of Contemporary Art, showcasing works by both Polish and international artists. For those seeking a taste of Krakow's musical heritage, the city's vibrant music scene offers everything from classical concerts in historic venues to lively folk performances in cozy cafes, ensuring there's something to suit every taste.

Moreover, Krakow serves as a gateway to some of Poland's most awe-inspiring natural wonders and historic sites. Just a short journey away lies the haunting Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum, a sobering reminder of the atrocities of the Holocaust. Meanwhile, the nearby Wieliczka Salt Mine, another UNESCO World Heritage Site, beckons with its underground chambers adorned with intricate salt carvings, offering a fascinating glimpse into centuries of mining history. 

With its blend of history, culture, and natural beauty, Krakow promises an unforgettable journey through the heart of Poland.

The best way to visit the Wieliczka Salt Mine is with a guided tour

Let your guide take you down winding corridors and into salt caves. See how salt was extracted as you learn about the space's history from your guide. Pause to listen to the unique acoustic properties which come from the nature of the space. Hear how Chopin sounds in this environment, accompanied by spectacular underground lighting. Learn about the health properties of the salt mine as you tour its multiple chambers.

At the conclusion of your experience, head back to the vehicle for transportation back to Krakow.

Discover a truly unique underground world created hundreds of years ago!


Wieliczka Salt Mine

The Wieliczka Salt Mine is a salt mine in the town of Wieliczka, near Kraków in southern Poland

The mines reaches a depth of 327 meters (1,073 ft), and extends via horizontal passages and chambers for over 287 kilometers (178 miles). 

The salt mines are known for their microclimate, which is believed to have therapeutic effects on respiratory and skin conditions. The air inside the mine is rich in microelements and free of allergens, making it a unique and potentially beneficial environment.

The Wieliczka Salt Mines have a rich history that dates back to the 13th century. The mines were in operation for over 700 years and played a significant role in the region's salt production. You'll learn about the challenges faced by the miners and the importance of salt in the local economy. This mine produced table salt continuously until 2007. Due to falling salt prices and mine flooding, commercial salt mining was discontinued in 1996.

The Wieliczka Salt Mine is now an official Polish Historic Monument and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

One of the highlights of the Wieliczka Salt Mines is the stunning salt-carved sculptures and chapels. These include the Chapel of St. Kinga, an underground church adorned with intricate salt carvings and chandeliers made entirely of salt. You'll be amazed by the craftsmanship and artistry. You will find 20 chambers filled with art, machinery, and exhibitions. The rock salt is naturally of varying shades of grey, resembling unpolished granite rather than the white crystalline substance that might be expected.

The salt mines feature underground lakes and vast chambers, showcasing the sheer size and complexity of the mine. The lakes reflect the lights, creating a magical atmosphere. Be sure to visit the breathtaking Lake Wessel, which is the largest underground lake in the mine.

When you visit The Wieliczka Salt Mine you will descend 800 steps to a depth of 135 meters to enter what feels like an underground salt city. I know, that’s a lot of steps… But I can guarantee, it’s totally worth it! 

Walk the labyrinthine passages, marvel at the chapels and chambers, and be wowed by the statues and art installations of the mine. 


Important information

  • The route is located 135 m below the surface and it features narrow passageways, low ceilings, and varying levels of lighting, which can trigger anxiety or discomfort in people with claustrophobia. 
  • The tour involves walking down hundreds of steps, so it's important to consider your fitness level. Efforts have been made to accommodate individuals with limited mobility. However, it's important to note that due to the nature of the underground mine, there are certain limitations and challenges for people with mobility issues.
  • The temperature in the mines remains constant throughout the year, usually around 14°C (57°F) so it is recommended you bring warm clothes even in summer. 
  • Remember to wear comfortable, non-slip shoes!!


Exploring the underground labyrinth of the Wieliczka Salt Mines offers a glimpse into a fascinating underground world and a unique cultural experience!