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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.
Reviewed 1 April 2014

Was expecting this to be out in the middle of know where but it is in the middle of a small village 15-20 minutes from Krakow centre.

Tour took about 2 hours. You wear head sets so the guide doesn't have to shout.

You start by descending 400 winding stairs into the mine. It's all very sturdy wooden staircases and you get dizzy!

We had a very good guide called George - think the butler in a vampire movie.
There's not much you can say about a mine full of salt so it was about the types of salt, when it began and finished, who owned it, etc. There are dummies/manikins portraying working and various chapels that were built inside.

You can get food and drink inside at the cafe and buy salt related gifts.

Not sure what I was expecting but it wasn't something you must do if you go to Krakow apart from saying you went there.

Thank mjhaley
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Reviewed 17 February 2014

My husband and I visited in February. We were determined to make our own way there using public transport rather than paying overpriced tour companies. It took us about 45 minutes to get there using the bus from the bus station in the Galleria. Once off the bus there's about a 15 minute walk through a fairly small non descript town. The museum entrance is fairly well organised as you are told to stand in groups of English, French, German etc on paying your entrance fee. Guides hand out an audio box which you hang around your neck and then a one eared ear piece so that you can hear your guide. You cannot go around the mine on your own, you have to join a guided tour.
When the tour starts you have to walk down 53 flights of pine wooden steps. After the first 40 flights you start to get dizzy as you are constantly turning left.
About 70% of the walls of the mine are covered in chopped down tree trunks painted white. There are lots of statues carved in salt but none of them meant anything to me. At one point there were dwarfs cut out of salt, god knows what that was about!!!! Also dragons and more dwarves. Totally done for tourists, which was a bit insulting. Also the guide said that the lakes inside the mine were put there especially for tourists...why? I would rather see the mine in its natural state. The only thing that stopped me from getting totally bored was the Cathedral. It was impressive and without touristy embellishments thank goodness.
Be warned when you think the tours over! You have to walk miles through the bland restaurant to reach the never ending queue for the lifts.
I wouldn't have bothered going if I really knew what it was like. Everyone has different opinions so you have to decide for yourself. I just found it boring and touristy which I hate. I like seeing things in their raw state. I like facts and figures and this was severely lacking.

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Reviewed 6 December 2013

We visited in November and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. However, after comparing notes with our travelling companions, who went on the same day but with a different tour, we realised that our tour had been so much enhanced by our tour guide, Marek. He had an excellent command of English as well as a great sense of humour -- informative and highly enjoyable! It made the trip a fantastic experience, well worth the visit.

Thank pauline d
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Reviewed 29 October 2013

This is a must see. The carvings are unbelievable. This is not really handicap accessible from what I saw. Hundreds and hundreds of steps. Worth every one and the sore legs the next day.

Thank EFHOWE
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Reviewed 10 October 2013

An amazing place underground with carvings, statues, church etc. all made from salt. The galleries and levels were extensive, the caverns were enormous and the sheer detail in some chambers was beautiful. The amount of wood used to shore up or line the levels is huge. The place was well kept, orderly and felt safe. The only unpleasant moments were when we ascended to ground level at the end in a miner's cage and were squeezed in up against others. The guide was excellent and a good English speaker from City Guides.

Thank Tallis
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