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“A bit boring”

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.
Reviewed August 21, 2012

Maybe it was us but i found this too long and quite boring . Yes some of the exhibits were impressive especially the cathedral but all in all this tour goes on far too long and is quite expensive for what it is. Our visit probably wasn't helped by the fact out tour guide spoke in very broken English and then when thankfully the tour was finally over the lift broke down so we were stuck in the mine for another half an hour.
There's only so much you can be impressed by thats made out of salt and after 2 chambers i'd seen enough. The sculpture of Pope John Paul II is really impressive though but not worth the entrance fee.

Thank robb t
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Reviewed August 6, 2012

The salt mines are one of the premier attractions near Krakow. I'm glad we went - it was an interesting experience and the English speaking guide was excellent - but a bit cheesy as well. You didn't get the feeling you were in a mine - more like being in a museum with dummies clad as miners. The main hall with its salt crystal chandeliers and the carved walls and steps are fabulous. What wasn't fabulous was waiting in line over an hour to get out when the tour was over. And we didn't come on a busy day. The only way out is up an elevator that holds only about 8 people at a time so the line kept growing and growing! Don't leave leaving until the last minute!

Thank Bernard B
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Reviewed July 31, 2012

The salt works is an underground mine of if. Remember rightly, around 350metres. You decend via steep stairs and ramps and come to large open areas (rooms) carved out over hundreds years. There's over a hundred of these rooms and guides take you to the well lit and interesting ones including a chapel and a huge ballroom like cathedral with chandeliers made of salt. It was beautiful - we had dinner and dancing in a large restaurant just passed the cathedral with a band & 3 course dinner. The trio back up was via a lift. Overall great fun and kids would love it; the guides told us good tales of horses and underground workers who had carved out the most amazing & magical statues without any training. There was a little bit if tourist cheesiness but that added to the fun.

Thank Passingthru63
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Reviewed July 22, 2012

The salt mine was very interesting. We had an English speaking guide named Kate who was very informative and amusing. The is probably no where else that you can see the things we saw. Everything was amazing. We descended 800 steps but it is an easy walk down and a long easy walk thru the mines.The way back up is by elevator. We really enjoyed this tour

Thank Louvain71
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Reviewed July 12, 2012

unique...you do exit through the gift shop but otherwise unlike any other tourist site

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