Kopalnia Soli Bochnia

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Kopalnia Soli Bochnia
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
10:15 AM - 4:15 PM
10:15 AM - 4:15 PM
The Salt Mine Bochnia is the oldest salt mine in Poland. The beginnings of the Bochnia mine as an excavating plant date back to 1248. Being a royal facility, the mine generated a huge income. In 1368, King Casimir the Great issued a document referred to as the Saltworks Statute. It defined the organizational and legal principles for selling salt. The oldest Bochnia mining shafts are the Sutoris and Gazaris shafts. The Bochnia mine and the Sutoris Shaft that are mentioned in the legend on St. Kinga’s ring. The mine developed rapidly in 15th and 16th centuries. More shafts are constructed at that time, i.e. Regis , Bochneris, and Campi. In 17th century, due to wars and an economic decline, the plant’s development slowed down. Visitors to the Bochnia Salt Mine discover the oldest and the most beautiful excavations including the August and Sienkiewicz Levels, the Dobosz Inter-Level.Visitors explore the route on foot and can cover a part of the distance by a tourist train or by boat.
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Gdynia, Poland443 contributions
Book online a few days before...
Jul 2020
...then you can pick an hour, excursion type and English option freely, as the latter in particular is not available all the time. Less touristy than Wieliczka. 4 hrs (boat) option is probably a way to go, provided your children are 4+. Children had a thrilling (original) lift experience, fun mine train experience and they did not get bored during the tour itself, when adults absorbed their knowledge. When the adults explored a unique chapel, the children were hunting for trains coming... through it. And finally, when adults enjoyed their coffee (in our case it was 25 mins stay), the children played ball in the underground gym. Highly recommended.
Written July 18, 2020
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Airika T
Tartu, Estonia83 contributions
Worth to discover
Jul 2019 • Friends
We took four hours excursion, with bout trip to discover salt mine. English tour was earlier in the morning and only once a day, so our tour was in polish. In summary its the trip to take, with one note - more suitable for children 8+. Four hours underground is difficult for smaller. We were very lucky because one of our guides spoke very good English and gave him best to translate as much as possible even it wasn't his duty. Anyway, if you would like to take full of that, try to take English tour, because maybe you are not so lucky as us, and most of the shared stories/explanations not understandable.
Written July 14, 2019
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Wojciech Noras
Katowice, Poland1 contribution
Really good
May 2019 • Friends
I really liked it, but the miners are scary. I was here for the night, I was annoyed by the noise, because there is one big bedroom
Written May 21, 2019
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Edinburgh, UK483 contributions
Great afternoon visit
May 2018 • Friends
I really enjoyed my visit here. It is not as popular salt mine like in Wieliczka, but it is so lovely and the sightseeing route is really done nicely. The salt mine offers also English-language tour, which is great if Polish sounds for you like Chinese. ;)
Written April 2, 2019
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Lincoln, NE390 contributions
Historical salt mine with wonderful exhibits
Feb 2019 • Business
The tour is very interactive with many surprising and very well done exhibits. Tour guides are knowledgeable and make the visit educational and fun. Some interactive exhibits and activities such as a long slide, mine train and activity courts.
Written February 7, 2019
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Thomas Ozbun
Vicenza, Italy982 contributions
Oldest salt mine in Poland
Feb 2018 • Solo
One of the oldest salt mines in the world and the oldest one in Poland, it is much less touristy than the one in Wieliczka, making it thus more interesting. I bought the ticket, which included a mandatory guided tour, and in polish as the only english one would take place at 15:30 and it was still 11am. Together with the group, we then descended down the mine's depth through a really old miners elevator and reached the bottom at about 350m below the surface. The tour lasted about 2 hours and included walking through several tight and dark tunnels covered in salt, riding a small mining train and visiting a church made out of salt and wood at 400m below the surface. All along there were also several statues made of salt, sculpted by talented miners that thought it would be a great way to pass time.
Written January 23, 2019
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Peter F
Chester, UK41 contributions
Highly recommended
Nov 2018 • Couples
Bochnia salt mine is much, much quieter than Wieliczka salt mine and just as good. There is just one English-language tour each day (now at 10.30 am). There were just the two of us on the three-hour tour and we had an excellent guide. A marvellous experience. We travelled from Krakow to Bochnia by train (10 zl.) and returned by bus (6 zl.)
It is very odd that Wieliczka is widely advertised in Krakow, but Bochnia not at all.
Written December 4, 2018
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Boise, ID16 contributions
Disappointing... imagine being forced to spend an hour in the gift shop.
Aug 2018 • Family
I usually love underground tours. On this same vacation, we went to the 'Big Pit' in southern Wales, and enjoyed it immensely. Not so Bochnia!
We were really looking forward to seeing another UNESCO world heritage site. I went with my 8-year old son. When I found out the tour was 3 hours, I was excited, thinking it must be a very detailed and intricate journey.

We boarded the elevator, then the mini-train, then started walking. As we travelled throughout a section of the mine (carefully timed to minimise conflict with other tour groups), we were shown a series of videos and animatronic history displays. All slightly interesting and creepy.

The highlight of the tour was the 'salt chapel', but it's really just a room with a chandelier and some statues - interesting, certainly, but not fascinating, even for someone who loves underground tours.

I was willing to accept all this as just a poor decision, but the final hour of the tour turned it from mediocre to poor. We descended a huge flight of steps to reach the underground basketball court (basically a cavern with a wooden floor added), and given an hour of 'free time'. That means we were trapped underground (could not leave without the guide) with the only activity being to buy food or gifts at the conveniently-located cafe and shop. Imagine being on another tour where the guide forced you to spend an hour in the gift shop! Of course, they don't tell you this, and I hoped that we would end the tour on a high note, but no... At the end of the 'gift-shop-hour', we had to walk back up the same steps, and proceeded immediately to the exit.

We plan our vacations around World Heritage Sites. This one just isn't up to the standard.
Written October 26, 2018
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Edith S
Amsterdam, The Netherlands196 contributions
Very interesting and authentic
Sep 2018 • Couples
This salt mine was in operation until 1990, and that is clearly visible. The expositions are not as flash as in Wieliczka, but it is a much more relaxed, intimate and positive experience. Our guide was a man who was passionate about the mine and though we did not always understand the Polish explanation, it was clear that he did his utmost to involve the children as much as possible. Though we knew we had joined a Polish tour, our guide was so kind to start the English version of some displays and had the whole group wait for three people. And yes, Wieliczka has much more exiciting displays, but this is the 'real thing'. The boat trip was only very short, but here also, our guide ensured that one of the boatsmen spoke English, and made an effort to put us in a separate boat, so that we had our private English tour on the water. Dziękuję!!!
Written September 5, 2018
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Thank you for your visit, greetings from Salt Mine Bochnia :)
Written September 7, 2018
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Arlington, MA27 contributions
An interesting place to visit for a family
Jun 2018 • Family
We enjoyed our visit a lot. It was our first tip to the Salt mine in Poland. We learned a bit about the history of Poland and the importance of the mines to the wealth building in the past. We enjoyed the mltimedia presentations and the train ride a lot. The guests are requied to take stairs )up and down) - for parents who cary smaller children or older guests with joint problems this may be an issue.

The cons:
Parking is a challenge - now I understand wy it is recommended to arrive 45 minutes ahead of the scheduled tour - you need to hunt for the parking space.
The waiting time at the register could be reduced by offering separate assistance to a groups and individual guests
The are free and clean restrooms, but several stalls lacked tissue paper when we visited.
The 45 minutes long stop-over at the cafeteria/gym (part of the trip) area was to long and could be made optional for guests who wish to eat in the mine.
Written June 28, 2018
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