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“Great sight, but the tour was too long”

Cracow Saltworks Museum - Salt Mine Location
Ranked #2 of 16 things to do in Wieliczka
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: The Saltworks Castle in Wieliczka was the historical seat of the mine's management board between the 13th century and 1945. Currently is available to tourists and is the official seat of the Cracow Saltworks of Wieliczka. You can see also: - Tower: (14th century) the only facility of this type preserved in Medieval urban fortifications - Shaft: (13th century)the oldest mining shaft in Poland. - Saltworks kitchen (15th century): the walls of the first "mass catering facility" -an astounding collection of of salt cellars (16-20 century), approx. 400 in all The Wieliczka Saltworks Castle was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List. Admission 4/3zl, family ticket 10 zl, Saturday free. Guided tours in English 35 zl per person; must be booked at least 14 days in advance.
Larvik, Norway
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Great sight, but the tour was too long”
Reviewed June 15, 2011

The salt mines is a fantastic view, ecpesially the big cathedral were even the chandeliers is made of salt. It is quite special to walk the stairs 60-70 m down to the first level the tourists visit.
Still I have to admit that I was a bit disappointed. Probably because I had heard som much about the salt mines before I went, så I think my expectations was veryt high.
Part of the problem was that the guided tour was too long. We only had one choice, and that was a three-hour guided tour. We skipped the museum that was the last (and optional) part, and the tour then took 2.5 hours (it may take a long time to come up, long queues for the elevators). There were many groups with a guide, so we had to constantly stop and wait for the group in front to be done.

Visited June 2011
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“magical and beauitful”
Reviewed September 7, 2010

loved this attraction incredlble what people can do with their hands with very few tools many years ago. the tour guide was very friendly and informative and really enjoyed her job everything was very well organised and it had to be as there was so many tourists going through it every day

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“Nice addendum to the tour of the mines.”
Reviewed September 22, 2009

At the end of the tour of the mines you are given the option of continuing on to tour the museum. The entrance line is to the right of the exit for the elevators so you do have to look for it. There were maybe 100 people in line for the elevators and I was the only one in line for the museum so I had a private guide which was a bonus.

The museum is more interesting than the mines but not as spectacular if that makes sense. My guide took me through all of the major sections, including reviews on the history, geology, and artistic achievements of the miners. There were more dioramas as well as mining instruments, etc.

The museum is not for everyone and may be difficult to access if you are with a larger group, but I did find it worthwhile and it expanded my knowledge of the earlier tour.

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