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“Salt Everywhere!”

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.
Gower Peninsula, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Salt Everywhere!”
Reviewed 4 September 2013

The scale of this place is amazing. In the 2 hour guided up, you will see less than 1% of the mine. Some of the mans made chambers (everything is man made) carved out of salt are awesome. Even the floor is salt! The guide wa stood, but not exceptional, sometimes a little riches but it wa every busy.

We had to queue for around an hour to get tickets on a busy day in August , but there are great Ice creams in hand to make the time pass. Well worth a visit.

Do venture it the town afterwards, there are a couple of great restaurants a little off the tourist trail.

Visited August 2013
Thank Martin C
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Papa, Hungary
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“3 hours of walking...”
Reviewed 20 August 2013

It's a salt! My friend and I just check out the place based on the reviews on trip advisor...uhmm what are the fuss about this place for it being top 2 must see places in Krakow. Well NOTHING! really. I mean it's something different but then it's all salt. Yes the statues are okay.. they can do better for the amount of people and money that they get from the tourist. Seriously I would not recommend it to those who have kids --- foreal! I'm an adult and I was so bored!!!

Visited August 2013
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Napa, California, United States
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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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Island of Malta, Malta
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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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London, United Kingdom
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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
Thank goodguyjas
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