I have heard so many beautiful stories and no doubt with those stunning photos of the Wieliczka Salt Mine I have seen. Wielczka Salt Mine had been in operation for over 700 years and its on UNESCO World Heritage list. I was so excited to organise my trip and I got a bargain return flights to Poland. Im like a kid jumping out of joy. And added bonus upon receiving an email from the Wieliczka Saltmine press department for a free English tour.
As soon as I arrived at my accommodation in Krakow. I inquired to the receptionist how to get to the Saltmine. She checked out the easiest way to get there. Soon we found out that there’s a new trainline to the Saltmine. So off I went to the Krakow Glowny and checked for the flatform. I met two American guy on board going to the Salt mine too, so we started chatting. It wasn’t long when the train started to move away. We were then passing through the polish countryside, cornfields and open greenfield. After 25 minutes train journey, we reached the Wieliczka station. Its only 15 km southeast of Krakow. And from the train station just 5 minutes walk to Daniłowicz Shaft the main entrance to the Saltmine.
I went straight to the information office to collect my complimentary ticket. They gave me two tickets so I gave away the other ticket to the American guy I met on the train on my way to the Saltmine. We then joined the English tour group, I was wondering I got different ticket but I was thinking probably because it’s a complimentary. I showed my ticket to the guard nods at me and this american guy behind me was held up, the guard says the ticket was not valid. I went back to tell that his with me. And they escorted us inside the office, I wasn’t aware we need to exchange it to a ticket. We were laughing we thought we were in trouble. Knowing me thats my other name. So after it was all sorted, we were then given an audio and we were excited to join the other 15 tourist.
I was expecting a lift to go down but oh boy we took the stairs. It was like 300 plus stairs step, not sure the exactly but I stopped counting when I felt dizzy ( not literally). I can’t imagine we descend as deep as 135m below ground. But we were assured that there’s a lift coming back up, we were all relieved.
As we descend to the chambers, you can feel the warmth air, some part its nice and cool. There are chambers that is close to the public due to preservation and according to our guide through our warm breath might destroy the Salt formation.
Then we moved towards the Casimirs The Great Chamber was dedicated to Kazimierza Wielkiego, who organised the form of Statute the law regulating the management of the salt mines. Sculptor by Wladyslaw Hapek.
Watch out for the dinosaur on the wall it’s watching you. There’s even this chamber that according to our guide there’s a monster, across the water. Not quite sure what sort of monster but I saw a carved statue on the wall, the background music makes it more spoky than what really is.
Then we went to the Chapel of St. Kinga. Which is the known crown jewel of the Wieliczka Salt Mine and the miners’ pride. Evidently as you descend from the grand stairs, its majestic ground area welcomes you. With the impressivelly bright chandeliers suspended in the air. Slowly walk along the sides and be amaze by the saltrock sculptures spectacularly carved on the walls and stunning statues around. Such a great time admiring the masterpiece with my very eyes. This area can accommodate 400 people and they cater for weddings too. And other smaller chapels. So who’s ready to be hitch anyone?
They also cater for parties, conferences and seminars.
On your way out there’s a store for souvenirs, photo exhibition of the mine.
From Krakow Glowny there’s a direct trainline going to Wieliczka Salt mine, look for Rynek Kopalnia Wieliczka it’s the last train stop. Only cost 3 zloty each way for a 25 minutes journey.
Theres buses going to the Saltmine. BUS 304 departs near shopping mall Galeria Krakowska (ul. Kurniki), but I highly recommend taking the train. Travel time for buses are longer, due to road works.
You can buy entry tickets on site.
There 2 site entry depends on what tour you choose.
Daniłowicz Shaft where the normal tourist route.
Regis Shaft where the more adventurous tourist go for the miners route.
Buy a souvenir bath salt it was really nice. Needed badly after a stressful day.
Have you been to Wieliczka Salt Mine or other place like this? Share your experience on the comment below. I love to hear your stories too.
Thank you to Wieliczka Salt Mine press department for providing my complimentary English Tour ticket. I enjoyed my visit but as always all opinions expressed are my own.