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Wieliczka Salt Mine

Chapels carved entirely from salt, an underground lake and a museum make up this internationally protected World Heritage listed salt mine. 

Visit Wieliczka Salt Mine and stand beneath the glittering chandeliers in the Chapel of St. Kinga. You might imagine you are in one of Europe’s great cathedrals. The fact that you are underground and almost all the reliefs, statues and chandeliers are made from salt makes the spectacle even more impressive. Explore the saline labyrinth further to discover an underground lake, numerous carvings and a museum tracking the 700-year history of the mine. 

Wieliczka Salt Mine was created in the 13th century and was once one of the world’s major producers of table salt. It is one of the oldest mines in the world. With 178 miles (287 kilometers) of passageways, it is also one of the largest.

Visit the mine by guided tour only. Descend underground via the 378 steps of a wooden staircase. You’ll arrive at the first level, 209 feet (64 meters) underground. The tour covers a 2-mile (3-kilometer) walk. This will take you to a final depth of 443 feet (135 meters) underground. 

Take your time to admire the reliefs and statues that line the sides of the tunnels. See religious iconography, such as scenes from the Last Supper, alongside lighthearted figures such as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. There are three chapels carved from salt, including the magnificent Chapel of St. Kinga. Trace the 700-year evolution of the mining equipment used by salt miners in the museum at the end of the tour. Try a meal at the underground restaurant; it will be seasoned with salt from the mine.

The Wieliczka Salt Mine is open daily year-round, with the exception of some public holidays. It is located 6 miles (10 kilometers) southeast of Krakow. Come by rental car, commuter train or minibus. There is a charge for entry and tours. Book tours in advance online or from the entrance on the day of your visit. 


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Hotel Grand Sal $71
Hotel Grand Sal

Hotel Grand Sal

Park Kingi 7, Wieliczka, Lesser Poland
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in the historical district, this family-friendly hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Wieliczka Salt Mine. Wieliczka Rynek-Kopalnia Station is 5 minutes by foot and Wieliczka Station is 14 minutes.

    Hotel Galicja $47
    Hotel Galicja

    Hotel Galicja

    Ul. Dembowskiego 20, Wieliczka, Lesser Poland
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in the heart of Wieliczka, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Salt City and Wieliczka Salt Mine. University Children’s Hospital of Krakow and Plaszow Concentration Camp are also within 6 mi (10 km). Wieliczka Rynek-Kopalnia Station is 6 minutes by foot and Wieliczka Station is 10 minutes.

      Turowka Hotel & Spa $85
      Turowka Hotel & Spa

      Turowka Hotel & Spa

      Ul. Zeromskiego 1, Wieliczka, Lesser Poland
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        This family-friendly Wieliczka hotel is located in the historical district, within a 10-minute walk of Salt City and Wieliczka Salt Mine. Bonarka City Centre and Plaszow Concentration Camp are also within 6 mi (10 km). Wieliczka Station is only a 4-minute walk and Wieliczka Rynek-Kopalnia Station is 8 minutes.

        Hotel Lenart $44
        Hotel Lenart

        Hotel Lenart

        ul. Narutowicza 1, Wieliczka, Lesser Poland
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in the suburbs, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Saltworks Castle and Wieliczka Salt Mine. Oskar Schindler Factory and Krakow Barbican are also within 9 mi (15 km). Wieliczka Station is only a 4-minute walk and Wieliczka Rynek-Kopalnia Station is 10 minutes.

          Clasic $37
          Clasic

          Clasic

          60 Edwarda Dembowskiego, Wieliczka, malopolskie
             
            2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Wieliczka, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Wieliczka Salt Mine and Saltworks Castle. Galicia Jewish Museum and Wawel Cathedral are also within 9 mi (15 km). Wieliczka Station is only a 2-minute walk and Wieliczka Rynek-Kopalnia Station is 13 minutes.

            Garden Park Hotel $52
            Garden Park Hotel

            Garden Park Hotel

            ul. Dembowskiego 60A, Wieliczka
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Wieliczka, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Salt City and Wieliczka Salt Mine. University Children’s Hospital of Krakow is 3 mi (4.8 km) away. Wieliczka Station is only a 2-minute walk and Wieliczka Rynek-Kopalnia Station is 13 minutes.

              Hotel Solny $40
              Hotel Solny

              Hotel Solny

              Ul.Grottgera 27, Wieliczka, Kraków
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in the suburbs, this hotel is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Wieliczka Salt Mine and 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from Salt City. University Children’s Hospital of Krakow and Plaszow Concentration Camp are also within 6 mi (10 km). Wieliczka Rynek-Kopalnia Station is 18 minutes by foot and Wieliczka Station is 26 minutes.

                Willa Zacisze
                Willa Zacisze

                Willa Zacisze

                Osiedlowa 15, Wieliczka, Lesser Poland Province
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Wieliczka, this hotel is 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from Wieliczka Salt Mine and 1.8 mi (2.8 km) from Salt City. Oskar Schindler Factory and Wawel Castle are also within 9 mi (15 km). Wieliczka Rynek-Kopalnia Station is 22 minutes by foot.