Wieliczka Salt Mine
Wieliczka Salt Mine
4.5
Speciality MuseumsHistoric Sites
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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  • terryhammond8834
    Lutterworth, United Kingdom170 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An unforgettable experience
    Very interesting place, tour about 2 hrs 30 mins long. Walk along way but all steps are down. See some incredible sights all made of salt. The ride back to the surface in an old mine lift was memorable, not for those that suffer with tight spaces. A most enjoyable experience.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 26, 2023
  • Rebecca Thorpe
    York, United Kingdom72 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great experience!
    Before our tour, my family and I had no idea what to expect but we were completely blown away. It was an incredible experience and we all loved it. We were in a group of about twenty which was a good amount. The mine wasn’t too crowded and our tour guide was really great. There were quite a few steps in the beginning but it was worth it! We will definitely be going back.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 28, 2023
  • Khalaf K
    Sharjah, United Arab Emirates278 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    “New Experience in unknown industry”
    The Salt Mine in Wieliczka is a marvelous place to know about salt mining industry and the linkage to Krakow history. The tour guide was excellent and we were extremely lucky to have her as a our tour guide. Its a new experience to me in such type of tourist attraction and really love it. I would say it’s 2.5 hours tour full of excitement.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 30, 2023
  • Francesca R
    Varese, Italy511 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Outstanding
    Absolutely recommended. This visit is worth every penny of the ticket price. You can choose a guided tour in English, German, French, Italian, Polish of course, Russian and Ukrainian (groups of about 30 people). It lasts almost 3 hours. The mine is breathtaking: every corner is absolutely fantastic, it even includes a big chapel, the Kinga Chapel and lakes, sculpures, chandeliers, all in salt. Basically everyone is able to tour it provided that he/she is perfectly able to walk: there are 800 steps going down 3 levels, 350 are done immediately. At the end you come back with an elevator. Anyway one of the most amazing things I have seen in Poland.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 7, 2023
  • Raylene Brown
    Salt Lake City, Utah882 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very Interesting
    I was part of a tour group and when I saw the itinerary to visit a salt mine, I was less that excited. However, once we started the tour, my mind was blown. It was really interesting and fun to explore. The salt chapels were breathtakingly beautiful. Be prepared for a lot of stairs and walking, but that was part of the fun, and the ride back up in the tiny elevator was exhilarating! I highly recommend this tour.
    Visited May 2023
    Written July 8, 2023
  • Adam A
    Stockholm, Sweden7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    WOW
    Visiting the salt mine in Krakow is an absolute must. It was highly educational and entertaining. We took an English guided tour, and the guide was competent, friendly, and professional. I have nothing negative to say about the visit. I wholeheartedly recommend this attraction.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 8, 2023
  • Heather P
    Greatham, United Kingdom15 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting visit. Good for a rainy day
    Really enjoyed our time in the salt mines. Very interesting to us as people who enjoy learning about cultures of other countries without the dullness of a typical museum. Our guide was Elisabeth who was very knowledgeable and a bit quirky. Booking tickets was a bit of a faff on as we didn’t realise you HAVE to be part of a guided tour, you can’t just go at your own pace. Ticket queues at the venue can be confusing and long so it may be best to book online first.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 20, 2023
  • Marek R
    Richmond, United Kingdom54 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must see unique historic site
    We went on the standard English speaking tour and our guide was entertaining. Most of the steps are at the first stage, down a modern wooden staircase. The history and importance of the place get a bit lost amidst the volumes of tourists. Most of the caverns you see, including the splendid cathedral, were dug by hand and the salt extracted powered the wealth of the region i.e. Krakow old town, Wawel castle etc. A fabulous site with some comedy waxworks along the way amidst the amazing hand carvings. P.s. There is a bit of hike to get to the lift out and then a walk back above ground to get to the very busy car parks.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 22, 2023
  • JetSetter
    13 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    An enjoyable experience
    An enjoyable experience with an in depth insight into the salt mines. There is quite a lot of walking and certainly a lot of steps! Some of the rooms were quite mesmerizing (mainly the chapel) but these were few and far between. There were a lot of corridors with not much going on but the tour guide made the most of this and gave us some very interesting facts when there was not much to look at. This is definitely something worth visiting when in Krakow if you have never been before, but you would only ever visit the salt mines once in a lifetime.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 27, 2023
  • Sam Manson
    13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A breathtaking experience of Wieliczka Salt Mine
    An amazing experience, but be prepared to skyrocket your daily step count! The scenes are absolutely stunning. Our tour guide was very informative and also funny which just added to the whole experience. Make sure you have plenty space on your phone/device as you'll want to take endless photos and videos!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 29, 2023
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CitizenWolfie
Birmingham, UK54 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
One of the first ever (if not the first) entries to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the Wieliczka Salt Mine is a must visit if you're in Krakow. The mines were equal parts interesting, educational, entertaining, and beautiful. Each cavern, lake, sculpture or chapel within elicited gasps of awe and it's truly an outstanding marvel of human endeavour.

Despite booking individual visitor tickets we had to enter as part of a guided tour as the mines are literally a labyrinth and certain precautions need to be upheld to keep the mine preserved safely. However, after the main tour there was the option of an additional museum tour where you could see various artefacts and tools used in the making of the mine, as well as a stunning diorama of Wieliczka as it was when the mines began. This was also a guided tour which happened to be hosted by the same guide as our main tour.

Speaking of which, our guide was Dorota and I cannot speak highly enough of her. Anyone can memorise facts or a script but it takes real talent to deliver expert knowledge in an interesting way, and Dorota did just that, but also added a lot of personality and humour which really put that tour on the next level.

There are several tour companies offering tour packages to the salt mines with travel provided, but we booked directly from the official website and got an Uber from Krakow, which worked out cheaper than pretty much every other tour we could see.

Please note that there are some 300+ stairs to navigate over the course of the tour, thankfully all downhill with a lift to return to the surface, but something to consider for those with walking difficulties.

It's fair to say that we only really booked the Wieliczka Salt Mine tour as something to kill time on our last day in Krakow but it ended up being one of the highlights of our trip and I only wish we'd visited sooner and spent more time in the beautiful town of Wieliczka as well.
Written September 23, 2020
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birdyManchester
Oldham, UK50 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Didnt have massive expectations re a mine visit but for many reasons this place is amazing. My old knees are tired so was a little worried about the amount of stairs to go down The first 600 or so where easy as the staircases (lots and lots of them) are fairly narrow so you can use the handrail both sides to take much of the strain on your arms. Anyway easily managed the descent to level Whats known as 1 . You go through a series of chambers each one staggeringly beautiful think there are about 25 and over the next couple of hours you descend deeper and deeper into mine to level 2 then level 3 going down flights of stars along the way but never rushed and most steps not steep . Guide we had was amazing he told us being a guide was his part time job as he was a Miner working night shifts in fact a boss in charge of a team . They dont extract salt anymore but the mine has to be maintained to stop any collapse by means of massive timbers and long steel bolts etc. This chap Nick was funny and tried hard . You wear a headset that sometimes gets a bit crackly of loses voice but quickly returns when you get closer to guide.I will not tell about all the sculptures etc but jeeez one of the chambers is a massive church carved out of salt you are inside it and they actually have weddings . You can make your own way to mine i thing for less than £1 on bus from Krakow old town and pay seperately to do mine tour Thinks its about £10 . The place is fantastic do not miss.
Written March 1, 2020
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Lizara K
Seoul195 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
The first half of the tour was fairly decent - you see some really interesting chambers and carvings out of salt and learn a little bit about the history of the mine and salt mining in general. Our guide was rather robotic and recited all the information at high speed, and this was often very difficult to understand as she had quite a thick accent.

The second half, though, is a ten-minute break at a souvenir shop, then one more not very interesting chamber, then ANOTHER souvenir shop break, then another not very interesting chamber, then a restaurant break. It was a total waste of time and frankly kind of insulting considering we paid a very high 100 zloty each for this tour (far higher than the Polish tour price, by the way...) To add to this, we were often waiting for other groups to leave or straining to hear our guide over the sound of other tours, and this despite the fact that we went just after the mine reopened after coronavirus - I can't imagine how crowded it would be at normal times.

On the way out, we passed signs for the salt museum which is included in the ticket price, but were rushed right past this with no chance to go in and in fact no commentary on it at all. So much for that.

The whole experience was rather disappointing and left a sour taste in my mouth. It's just another place that could be really great if they were concerned about more than milking as much money as possible out of their guests.
Written July 6, 2020
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Daniel C
Middlesbrough, UK164 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
I came here in 2013 when I visited Poland with my dad; to get here you'll need to take a bus from Krakow and you'll find many since lots of people visit here. When I came here I had a bad breakfast that morning so I felt like I was going to be sick and unfortunately there are no bins inside the mines, but thankfully there is a cold clear breeze that races through the tunnels that calmed my stomach down. We started out on a sunny day and then descended into the dimly lit tunnels which looked a dark brown in the dim lights; on our way down we also saw what looked like icicles but were actually stalactites made entirely of salt. You'll also find that the walls are filled with salt and you can even taste the salt if you licked the walls, but I wouldn't recommend doing this since other people have licked the walls in the past. While exploring you'll find the old construction equipment such as large wooden wheels which would take several people to turn. You will also find an underground hall and even a church with famous works of art carved into the walls like the last supper and I think Pope John Paul II and you'll see salt water glistening within the caves.
Written June 9, 2020
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AS
Manchester, UK371 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
Wow!! Amazing working mine which has so much history. Tours are well organised by language and cater for a range of native speakers. Groups are of a good size to see and guides scheduled breaks during the tour. The mines are truly stunning and the main chapel is a sight to be held. The admission price whilst high, is worth it. You can also benefit from a tour of the museum which is included in the price. There are plenty of gift shops and stalls to buy souvenirs.
Written January 8, 2020
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TKT
Manchester, UK36 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Friends
We Got the bus ourselves from the coach station for 4.50ztl which was easy enough to find and figure out, and it took around 40 minutes on the bus.

The English speaking tours are every 30 minutes. We took our tour at 12pm and were out for 2.15pm. it's advised 3 hours, however the last part of the tour is for you to explore yourself, so if you don't want to do then you don't have to.

A total of 135metres underground 800 steps down. It's quite warm the deeper you go down. Some amazing things to see.

There are toilets underground and there's also a cafe underground which you can get drinks from on the break.

Some of the steps are made from salt so can be slightly slippy.

The lift back to the surface takes 45 seconds it holds 9 people at 1 time in a very tight space, so if your claustrophobic probably not a wise idea.
Written March 10, 2020
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René Peters
Arnhem, The Netherlands664 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
One of the excursions you can do from Krakow is to visit the Wieliczka Salt Mine in the area. Depending on the ticket, the visit takes 2 - 4 hours and takes you deep into the salt mine. It starts with a long descent by stairs and ends with a ride per lift of 45 seconds. During the few hours below ground you can see a lot of the salt mine and you walk a considerable distance. It gives a good impression of the mine and you pass the "cathedral", various chapels and carved statues. A great experience!
Written January 5, 2020
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Alex D
27 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
This was an interesting day out and worth the trip out of Krakow to see. The tour guide was very good and informative. We would recommend making your own way to the salt mine (either by taxi or train - neither are expensive) and buying your tickets on the door as we had booked with a tour company which was not worth the extra money as you are given less free time to view the surrounding park area and shop towards the end.
Written February 9, 2020
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Merissa_13
The Royal Town of Sutton Coldfield, UK36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Really good day out. Our guide was very informative and spoke very good English. The tour lasted around 2 1/2 hours from start to finish. It’s very impressive and very unique.

Thought I would answer some questions I couldn’t find/ or i struggled to find

I purchased my tickets on the day from the ticket office. I was able to use card

I got there in an Uber which was very easy - i was staying in the old town and Uber can not operate in the old town however the Uber app is easy enough to follow for you to be able to find a taxi at a pick up point. I also got an Uber back.

With the taxi there and back and tickets for two adults it cost 244.11 ZL so around £48 - it isn’t worth doing the salt mine tours you can buy as these are pretty much just a taxi service as you use the same guide as everyone else.

There is a lot of steps down and a lot of walking. I wouldn’t recommend doing both Auschwitz and the salt mines in the same day! Auschwitz is a very long and emotionally exhausting day and you also walk a lot during Auschwitz so it’s best doing them on separate days!
Written January 8, 2020
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Kcoyne2013
Alsager, UK226 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
This is one of the best tours I have ever been on! Visitors were in small groups of around a dozen and sent into the mine at different times. This meant you walked round with your guide and were not battling with any crowds or struggling to take photos/ look at the exhibitions. The tour lasted just under 2 hrs and the guide was informative, spoke great English and there was lots of humour. Nobody was rushed and it was a steady pace which was good as there is a lot of walking. Lots of stop starting meant that there was time to take a breath! The initial descent into the mine is on narrow stairs and you need to go one by one but the stairs are wooden and modern so it is not steep. The lift which brings you up from the mine was a modern lift and it took about 30 seconds. It is a must do if you are going to Kraków, the chapels and the statues are amazing to see and it's very worthwhile and great value for money.
Written February 25, 2020
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