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Salt Mines of Soledar city

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Olga D wrote a review Jun 2018
Auburn, Maine1 contribution
Most of us will never be in a raw underground of a salt mine. It is like being in a glass tunnel made of rocksalt. The silence, the darkness, the glassy walls, echo and salty ions air will blow you away. There are some tacki decorations but never mind it, the whole experience is so much a step away from ordinary and traditional travel experiences that this will stand out always in the line of an unusual, if not an extraordinary.
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Date of experience: July 2017
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Babylonien99 wrote a review Dec 2016
Crewe, United Kingdom144 contributions68 helpful votes
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I visited the mine early December 2016 with my wife who took me there. The trip from Kiev by train takes about 12 hours and then another 45 minutes by taxi from Soledar train station to the mine. However, the trip is well worth it. The city of Soledar itself is a small town in the East of Ukraine. The mine upon arrival does not look much on the outside. A few old buildings. A couple of stands selling sculptures in salt. But once you have reached the bottom of the mine using the 300 meters lift, it is a completely different story. It is like stepping into another world, fantastic and legendary. The views inside the mine are absolutely breath taking and stunning. The floor, the walls and the ceilings are all made of salt. The mine is the sea bed of a former sea that was 250 millions years ago. There are 125 miles of tunnels!! But only a few are open to the public. But the available site is really beautiful, full of sculptures, ornaments and features made of salt. They have even made two small chapels. The site used to be a sanatarium where people could come and spend a few weeks to recover their health. For the air in the mine is well famous for its healing properties to the whole body. The sanatarium is temporarily closed because of the troubles in the East of Ukraine. The sanatarium is made of a few cells with curtains. Each cell has at least 2 beds. One can ask to be given a cell to relax during the visit. It is so peaceful in the mine. And the temperature is constant at 14 or 15 degrees Celcius throughout the year. There are a few very large chambers 30 meters high. The sound echoes wonderfully in these chambers. A man was playing the flute when we were there. It was really fabulous. They have also created a bar in the mine where one can sit and enjoy a hot tea. But one needs to bring their own food. Staff is so friendly. They only speak Ukrainian with a few words in English. But smile easily and are always ready to help and offer far and beyond the usual. This site is an absolute must for whomever wants to explore something unusual and unique, a truly beautiful site well worth the time spent on the journey to get to it and back. I highly recommend the double tour (4 hours x 2) to have enough time to visit the whole site and even relax on the beds in a sanatorium cell.
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Date of experience: December 2016
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D_and_G_2008 wrote a review Jul 2012
Hong Kong, China1,479 contributions218 helpful votes
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Went to the Soledar salt mines with a day tour from Donetsk while we stayed there for the Euro 2012 matches. The salt mines is interesting, the environment is clear (tour book says it is even therapeutic), the stories of salt miners are enchanting for us who have heard only stories about silver mines, coal mines, ... etc. At the depth of 300 meters underground, you will see salt sculptures, chapel, concert hall, ....., and be encouraged to lick the wall as well. We would recommend you not to miss the shopping part. Remember to buy some "ancient black sea" sea (rock?) salt for cooking and bath. We bought a lot as souvenirs and our friends love them so much. But if you don't speak Russian, maybe you should consider joining a day tour from Donetsk. Also, young children under 10 years old are not allowed to enter the salt mines.
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Date of experience: June 2012
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