Cacica Salt Mine
Cacica Salt Mine
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AVOID!!!
1.0 of 5 bubblesSep 2023
The entry prices seem high to me, compared to what they offer, even if other salt mines are more expensive. But that would not be the problem. But the existing vapors from the entrance, to the last corner of the salt mine, from the substance used to extract the salt. A petroleum product, similar to pitch, fuel oil. The smell in the mine is that of the exhaust gases of a truck. Very hard to breathe. The miners use the same entrance as the visitors, only that they go down 15 meters deeper. The staff says that the mine can also be used as a treatment base for people with respiratory problems. Seriously????????? Never!!! You actually get sick in that mine. Don't even think about going there with small children. That mine should be closed, at least for public access. There is no question of enjoying the specific smell of a salt mine, as it is totally covered by that burned diesel smell. What bothered me even more was the fact that we were told about this problem after paying for the tickets. When we got home, after many hours, we had to undress and put our clothes in a bag on the balcony. I can't describe their smell. I still feel that smell in my nostrils and in my throat I have a very big irritation, still, from that substance. Regarding my eyes, what else can I say??!! Another problem. I bought from them fine non-iodized salt, for food use. To see, when I got home, written in very small letters, that it is not to be used for cooking and salting food, but only for pickles or something like that!!! In conclusion, avoid this saline. It is not worth the discomfort and even the risk created by that substance. And I am saying all these as a Romanian, who should promote his country. I do it, but not that mine.

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Adrian
Otopeni, Romania1,183 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
Sunny side:
Plenty of space to walk through
Several places to read about the history of this place or about the salt mining, however mostly in Romanian (with few in English, Polish or German)
Free parking outside

Dark side:
No elevators, just 280+ stairs to the lowest level (so no way for people in wheelchairs to visit)
No activities / food, drinks, souvenirs to buy inside / organized tours.
Dirty / smelly restrooms
Cash only for the entry fee
No reservations (I called multiple times in the morning before the visit to check if it’s open, no answer)

Outside there are a coffee machine and a few street sellers with souvenirs. Just across the street, there is a nice (Catholic ?) church, with a statue for John Paul II. A spa using salt water is nearby.

It’s a pity, considering the lag to the other salt mines I’ve visited in Romania. I’d say the local management is to blame, but, since it’s owned by a state-owned monopoly, things are not always black or white.

We spent one hour inside. Not sure if we would return.

Written January 2, 2020
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Georgiana S
Bucharest, Romania43 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Couples
As it is the only active salt mine, it's interesting to see everything and go down all those stairs (~200). No guide, but it's interesting because they have a ballroom inside the mine, a football zone, a little church and a little lake where they used to float to show their intentions to get married. I don't regret going. You can also buy salt from the mine and experience the smell in which the mine workers live in everyday.
Written October 7, 2021
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Tiberiu_Baranyi
Timisoara, Romania13,016 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
In the village of Cacica you will find the salt mine .. opened by the Habsburgs to supply salt in Bucovina it is still a working mine to the date - hence the smell that reminds of petrol - it is the gas used in the mining process. So if you have issues with that you should skip the experience.
To descend into the multilayer portion that is open for the visitors you need to take the stairs - 265 steps down and upon the return the same to climb - is not that bad I assure you ... but be prepared for some "cardio" workout.
Lighting is decent but the walkways can be slippery from the condensing moisture so thread carefully.
Pity that information is scarce and the majority of info plates are in Romanian - but you will find several in English too - so for foreigners it might a bit less info.
The halls are impressive - the 2 chapels - 1 catholic 1 orthodox , the carvings in the walls , the brine lake - the ball room - where you can have genuine events, the sports courts, etc. all these can be found underground.
Entrance fee is 10 Ron/person but it is definitely worth it and there is a small shop right at the entrance where you can get salt products.
If you are in the area - and you don't mind the stench reminding you of petrol - than be prepared for a great experience as you descend into the bowels of the earth.
Enjoy the walk!!!
Written September 1, 2021
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ClaudiaIvanescu
Ploiesti, Prahova, Romania3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2012 • Family
We were twice in the same place, we spent our winter holiday in 2010 (Christmas and New Year's Eve) and we came back in the same place called "Pensiunea Iazurile Bucovinei" again in 2012 for New Year's Eve this time. We came to find again the same good and welcoming atmoshere coming from our guests, Ionut and Oana, the very good food cooked by Ms. Elena (Ionut's mom), a very clean and warm house and the best surroundings ever... You can't be bored in this place - you can pay a visit to so many monasteries from Moldavia, you can go to ski on the slope in Gura Humorului, in the same place there is a skating rink, and an inside swimming pool with warm water and a special section for kids. In the same park in Gura Humorului there is a minigolf field and you can climb and walk from one tree to another...
Anyway, in this part of Romania, where the people kept their traditions intact, where the "civilisation" didn't yet succeed to distroy the real and true values, you can find warm and respectfull people, the food is great, taking into consideration that everything is 'home-made" and not bought from supermarket, the food has the taste of the one from our childhood...
I think this is one of the benefits of the fact that these people are not so civilised, they work with nature, not against it and the nature shows her respect back to them...
I hope that this review will convince somebody to pay a visit in this corner of heaven called Cacica...
If you want to see and find out of this, go on Facebook to Pensiunea Iazurile Bucovinei...
Written February 21, 2013
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mihaela c
bucharest442 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2013 • Couples
It's one of the "must see" attractions in Suceava area. The mine is well preserved and the entrance fee is very low - about 2 euro. The access in the mine is done through a number of 150 stairs. It is accessible for kids over 3 years old. All in all, there are about 287 stairs inside the mine. The mine is very long, with many interesting places to see. If you intend to spend some time inside for cure purposes, there are places where you can play sport or you can just rest on the existing swings and benches there. Also, don't forget to take a sweater/coat inside, as the temperarture is around 14 degree Celsius. And make sure you wear sport shoes, as there are slippery areas. You cannot buy food/water inside, but you are allowed to take it with you from outside and eat it inside as long as you also clean the place after you are done.
Inside the mine you can also find a museum, with interesting information about the history of the place and the tools used by the miners to extract the salt. Being a very old mine, the digging was done manually by the miners back then.
Written August 31, 2013
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ToujoursLaRoute
Paris, France1,197 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
Instructive visit on salt exploatation in the Northern part of Romania. No guide or audio guide, so things can be improved. It is a must see once you are there
Written May 11, 2021
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Calin S
Victoria, Canada312 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Family
This was a nice stop with the kids. The visit can be done in about an hour and includes access to a chapel, an salt lake, a ballroom and a soccer field. All underground.

The access is by stairs, so you need to be able to climb them down and back up. The descend is I think up to 45 meters or so underground.

The temperature is 12 degrees so make sure you prepare.

Yes, there is a diesel smell, but it's all right. Not a show stopper.

Moreover, there is another smell that is even more 'interesting' after you pass the soccer field: it's from the whey from the cheese they stored years ago there during the communism regime that ruled Romania.

My kids (9&13) loved it.
Written August 11, 2016
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Flore
Arad, Romania1,664 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2018 • Couples
The salt mine is located on two levels, the first being arranged as a church. At the second level there are three branches that lead to sites worth visiting - the sports ground, the artificial lake and the ballroom. Artificial lake, which was a place to go in the past, is very beautiful. Ballroom was formerly a place used by aristocracy at the beginning of the 20th century. Access is through stairs, I counted 380. It is not difficult but not very easy.
Written September 23, 2018
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Irina B
Tulcea, Romania42 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Couples
If you manage to ignore the smell of gasoline , the salt mine offers a unique experience . With it’s many galleries , wide and solemn, it’s a gem hidden inside earth worth exploring. Long corridors, ball rooms, a little lake, even a church, this place has a lot to surprise you with. A misterious place you must see!
Written September 3, 2018
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JimParkway
Toronto, Canada2,107 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Family
This salt mine is worth to visit if you never been to one - down ~ 300 steps into the mine - long pathways and several open area, including the grand hall. Don't forget to bring your bathing suit for the salt pool next to the mine - it worth the experience to float in the water - good for your skin too.
Written September 20, 2015
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