Day Trip Touring The Wieliczka Salt Mine Near Krakow

The Entrance To The Wieliczka Salt MineBeing so close to Krakow, the Wieliczka Salt Mine, a.k.a the Krakow Salt Mine (probably because that’s easier to say and remember), makes for a great side trip from the city. It’s one of the world’s oldest salt mines – established in the 13th century and was still in operation until 2007. At one point in the salt mine’s history, it produced one-third of Poland’s income.The only way to visit the Wieliczka Salt Mine is on a guided tour. The two-hour tour will take you through old mining chambers, by a saline lake and to many chapels, including the awe-inspiring St Kinga’s Chapel, the world’s largest underground chapel. More on that one later!The Wieliczka Salt Mine Tourist RouteThe Wieliczka Salt Mine tourist route starts at the Danilowicz Shaft. At the entrance to the mine, everyone is given a headphone, so you can easily hear the tour guide. It’s then a walk down 380 steps to level 1, which is located 64 metres underground.So…

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