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“Solo visit (no tour) to Wieliczka Salt Mine”

Wieliczka Salt Mine
Ranked #1 of 15 things to do in Wieliczka
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Reviewed 31 March 2016

Despite going to the salt mine independently, visiting the mine MUST be under guided supervision. I left Krakow by train ($1 CAD) around 9:30am, and was in line for tickets at the salt mine by 9:55. Once you walk up to the main entry, to purchase tickets, stay to the right. There are a few signs directing people for foreign language tickets. I managed to get the last ticket ($32 CAD) to the 10:30 english tour (at approximately 10:27).
Be patient, as the tour guides can only take 40 people at a time and the bus groups (which came with one of the many over priced bus tours) feed in between the independent groups.

There are several flights of stairs (800+ steps) to descent (don't worry, there is a lift to go up), which take you to the first level of the mine. Despite leaving Krakow at 9:30am, I was at the bottom of the stairs by 10:55am.

The tour was quite interesting, and if you listen carefully to the guide, you won't miss a thing. Although our guide had a strong Polish accent, his english was exemplary. The tour lasted until approximately 3 hours so I would suggest bringing water. If you don't, there is a small store from which you can buy water and various other drinks or snacks.

Overall, there is no point in taking the tours from Krakow, because the train is cheap and quick.

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Reviewed 31 March 2016 via mobile

We had a very knowledgeable guide who patiently answered all our questions. I was expecting it to be cold and damp but it's not at all damp and well ventilated. It is very well maintained. Lots of steps down and a very fast lift up - which would not be good if you are claustrophobic! Definitely an experience I would recommend. We stayed in Kraków so had a private transfer out which was well worth it as the traffic was quite bad and we were very comfortable in our air conditioned people carrier. Nice little gift shop at the end, did not have time to visit the restaurant which was a shame as it looked very nice.

Thank Helen C
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Reviewed 31 March 2016

Going 130 m underground to see the amazing saltworks and all the things that have been sculpted from salt was a truly exhilarating experience. you can only visit by guided tour; several language options are available, with the English (and Polish?) tours being the most frequent. it takes just over 2 hours to complete the circuit. The ride back up to the surface in a small lift is a pretty trilling experience

Thank SeemsTVL
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Reviewed 31 March 2016 via mobile

We came here after Auschwitz and it was fairly disappointing. Even though they took our elderly parents to the first level avoiding 400 steps it was still too much. There is a lot of walking and steps. Because you have to go in a group you have to wait for everyone to catch up right up until the long queue for the lifts at the end. Being out of season we were told it'd be much shorter than usual at 1 hour 45 minutes. It ended up being over 3 hours. Our guide was great but the headphones kept dropping out as she moved away from the group. It was interesting but be prepared for the dull patches

Thank Graeme047
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Reviewed 30 March 2016

Good attraction a lot of walking and loads of steps to go down you get a lift to the top. We were staying in Kraków and got the bus to the mines only 4zl each way per person. And went on a English speaking tour when we arrived Bus goes every 20 mins and mine tour at least every hour some times half hourly.

Thank tom-sue-2010
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