One of the most spectacular and unique sights in Poland.
Wieliczka Salt Mine Tour
The tour begins on the wooden staircase with 378 steps and provides to the 1st level of mine, 64 meters under ground level. Then it features labirynth of corridors, beautiful chapels, statues carved in salt, and even underground lake, 135 meters under ground level. Return to the ground is also exciting, using real industry mine elevator (lift) speeding in total darkness.
The Chapel of St. Kinga
The world's largest underground temple, with dimensions of approx. 54 m long, 18 m wide and 12 m high. The chapel is located 101 meters underground and is one of the biggest attractions of Wieliczka Salt Mine. The floor is carved from a single block of salt.
In the chapel there are reliefs illustrating events from the New Testament and more than a century old crib. Below you can admire Leonardo's "The Last Supper" carved in a wall of rock salt.
The main altar carved by miner Józef Markowski consists of the main sculpture - St. Kinga and two side ones - St. Joseph and St. Clement.
The pride of the chapel are the chandeliers are made of salt crystals.
Casmir The Grat Chamber
In this chamber you can find a Saxon type horse treadmill - original machine from the eighteenth century, serving for vertical transport (as a lift).
Named after the place of residence of the famous German poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, one of the first guests Wieliczka Salt Mine.
The bottom of the chamber is flooded with brine, forming a small underground lake.
Pieskowa Skała Chamber
The chamber was formed about 1669 years and combines two adjacent levels of the mine. On the floor of the chamber preserved fragments of old stairs carved in the rock salt, used by carriers called nosicze, who climbed this stairs carrying smaller lumps of salt.
The Chamber of Stanisław Staszic
The highest chamber (total height 50 m!).
This chamber is intended for entertainment purposes, because of its size (length 54 m width 17 m, height of 9 m). As you can see below, it is suitable even for
Wieliczka Salt Mine opening hours
- 1st April - 31st October: 9:30 - 18:00
- 2nd November - 31st March: 10:00 - 14:30
- adult: 79 PLN
- school pupils and students up to 26 years of age upon presenting a valid school ID: 64 PLN
- family visits of the Mining Route: families of 2 adults and 2 children at the age between 10 to 16 years: 222 PLN
How to get to the WIeliczka
The best way to get there is by car, driving by highway A4 and national road 94. You can find parking place near Wieliczka Salt Mine, on Dembowskiego street.
More details you can find here.