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“75 PLN is Expensive”

Cracow Saltworks Museum - Salt Mine Location
Ranked #2 of 16 things to do in Wieliczka
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: The Saltworks Castle in Wieliczka was the historical seat of the mine's management board between the 13th century and 1945. Currently is available to tourists and is the official seat of the Cracow Saltworks of Wieliczka. You can see also: - Tower: (14th century) the only facility of this type preserved in Medieval urban fortifications - Shaft: (13th century)the oldest mining shaft in Poland. - Saltworks kitchen (15th century): the walls of the first "mass catering facility" -an astounding collection of of salt cellars (16-20 century), approx. 400 in all The Wieliczka Saltworks Castle was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List. Admission 4/3zl, family ticket 10 zl, Saturday free. Guided tours in English 35 zl per person; must be booked at least 14 days in advance.
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“75 PLN is Expensive”
Reviewed 25 July 2013

This Salt Mine is very well known. Their not mining salt anymore and in my opinion have turned it into a Gold Mine. The cost is 75 PLN is equal to about 25 USD per person. And from what we understand from our guide they handle over a million people a year. There is also a lot of walking and a lot of stairs. They at least have elevators to take the guests back up. Also, if you can, bring your own food since their food it not very good.

Visited July 2013
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“Not claustrophobic, very interesting”
Reviewed 17 July 2013

It is so many levels underground but we were amazed how well ventilated it was. The guide encourages us to breathe deeply as the air was very clean and good for your lungs. The tour is extremely interesting, you cannot miss it!

Visited June 2013
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“Very impressive but may not be for those who are claustrophobic”
Reviewed 24 June 2013 via mobile

This stunning Salt Mine is worthy of a visit and the actual mine contains some incredible sites. But if you get claustrophobic you may not like the journey down the 300 plus steps. The square staircase is not overly small but with other people in your group might not make it easy to deal with. Once down below it opens up and you are in large open areas and you get to see some stunning salt sculptures as well as naturally created formations. Trip is about 2 hours below. You come up in a 9 person lift that can feel very cramped but takes 45 seconds. You can ask to go up alone if you feel unwell. Elderly and handicapped visitors go down in the lift rather than use the stairs.

Once out you can relax in the park behind the museum. There is also a Hotel which you can dine in. And there is a steam engine to look at towards the back of the park.

Visited June 2013
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“Expensive for what it is even if you do it yourself.”
Reviewed 13 May 2013

There is no worry about the Poles embracing capitalism and this location does it in spades. All around Krakow are various tour companies offering this service from 100 zloty per head upwards. Save your money. Write down your destination, take a walk to the main train station (Dworzec Główny) and buy a local train ticket for 4 zlotys. The 10 km train ride takes about 25 minutes. Thanks to the generosity of EU taxpayers (again) a new uncovered station with nowhere to shelter from the rain has been built to replace the perfectly usable old covered one.

The timetable says WIELICZKA RYNEK which translates as WIELICZKA PARK and when you see this leave the train and turn left. Walk to the end of the platform and cross the tracks to the left. As you walk to the road you will see the old station on the right. Walk to the road and turn left again and in 10 minutes you will be at the entrance to the Salt Mine hotel, restaurant, tourist trap complex. To get back to Krakow either retrace your steps to the station or catch the 304 bus for a couple of zloty. Anyone under 25 will be friendly and speak sufficient English to assist.

Proceed immediately and buy your ticket for the mine. Get there early as the lines can be enormous. We caught the 9:02 train and made the 10 am English tour. Had I realised there was an English tour at 9 am I would have caught an earlier train to beat the queue. Trains start at 3 am.

f you speak Polish it is 53 zloty for the tour. If not it is 73 zloty for an apparently English speaking guide but more likely and English repeating guide. Is it worth it? Well if you have never been in a cave complex before and the weather outside is poor MAYBE is all I would say. If you like the idea of being underground for half the time within shrines dedicated to Catholic mythology and paying for the privilege then this could be for you. Having done it I felt ripped off. I think 20 zloty would have been much MORE than sufficient. However it is considered one of the things to do in the area and you are there and since the miners have found it considerably more lucrative to mine tourists than salt, 1 million mugs/punters are visiting every year. Would I go again - not unless I was paid. Would I travel more than 45 minutes to get there - knowing what it is, definite no. Impressive what can be done with sufficient time bearing in mind most of it was dug by hand (but not 73 zlotys worth of fun for me).

Oh and if you want to take a photo the permit for that costs another 10 zloty per person/camera.

At the mine bottom our guide leaves us in a 'several gift shop, couple of restaurants area'. You will visit several of these on your journey. So we had lunch. A fair price but a captive audience. So more revenue for the mine. On leaving the mine another guide whisked us passed several other exhibits and I have no idea whether we were supposed to visit them or not. It was almost 'well you have seen it, we have your money, no refunds.... now off you go'

Some tours suggest you can do Auschwitz and the salt mines in one day and as the mines are open till after 7pm April to October this would be technically possible. However unless you are very fit with much walking stamina I would caution against this. You will walk for 4-5 hours without a break at Auschwitz then take a 2 hour bus ride and walk for another 3-4 hours in the mine.

Visited May 2013
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Burley in Wharfedale, United Kingdom
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“Well worth a visit...”
Reviewed 9 May 2013

The visit to the salt mine is a good half day tour. We were picked up in the morning from our hotel and then it's around 30 minutes drive from Krakow to the mine.

The guide speaks english and although it can be difficult to understand everything you get the idea and the majority of what the tour guides are telling you.

To get to the tour you have to descend hundreds of stairs so if you are not capable it is worth checking if you can go down via the lift. When you've finished you do come back up via the lifts.

The centre piece of the mine is definitely the cathedral which is a very ornate cave showing various sculptures out of salt.

It is dry underground and the temperature is a constant 15 degrees if I recall correctly, so it isn't cold.

There are toilets at various places both on the surface and also underground as well as cafes and a restaurant again on the surface and underground

All in all, it's well worth a visit

Hope this helps

PS - If you are going back to Krakow after the Salt Mine, you can ask your driver to drop you off at Schindler's Factory on the way

Visited May 2013
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