Wieliczka salt mine

Wieliczka salt mine is one of the most valuable monuments in Poland, inscribed on the UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage List in 1978 year. Over 1 million tourists visit this place annually.

The historic Wieliczka Salt Mine is over 700 years old and has been the pride of kings and the source of the country's wealth for centuries. Thanks to the miners - artists, the salt chambers have become a gallery of sacred sculpture.

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Chambers carved in salt, underground lakes, carpentry structures and salt sculptures, as well as 3 kilometers of corridors, 800 stairs and a depth of 135 meters make this place one of the most attractive in Europe.

Salt it is an inseparable companion of human life. The Wieliczka deposit is nearly 14 million years old and was formed over a period of about 20 years. Its final form was given by orogenic movements, which piled up the layers of salt.

The rock salt deposit in Wieliczka lies at a depth of 30 - 330 meters below the surface.

Traditional sightseeing

The route starts in the Daniłowicz shaft. Guide during the tour Wieliczka Salt Mine tells about the history, legends and secrets of the Mine, as well as the ethos of hard work of the miner. The sightseeing route includes chambers decorated with salt sculptures made by miners - artists, mining machines and tools.

Track Museum of Cracow Saltworks  it's an additional 1,5 km of sightseeing, when you can see many valuable exhibits, e.g. the silver-framed corner of the turn from 1534, i.e. the Horn of the Kopacz Brotherhood.

Rules of visiting:

- on the trail there are over 20 chambers

- average time of exploring the Wieliczka Salt Mine and Museum of Cracow Saltworks is about 3 hours

- sightseeing takes place under the supervision of a guide

- take warm clothes as the temperature underground is 14-16 degrees Celsius

- there are about 800 steps to climb, 380 of which are already at the beginning of the tour

-part of the route is adapted for wheelchairs - reservation is recommended

-children under 4 years of age visit for free

-toilets are located 40 and 90 minutes from the start of the tour

-in the Wieliczka Salt Mine, smoking and open fire are prohibited

- you can not take animals on the trail

-Luggage can be left in the storage room

- photographing and filming requires the purchase of a permit

- advance booking of all attractions is required

- car parks for passenger cars and coaches are available at the mine

Sightseeing for active people:

Mining route

The descent takes place through the oldest mining shaft in the Wieliczka Salt Mine Regis. Each participant is assigned a task to perform and during the expedition, he learns about mining life and traditions.

Mining profession

Exhibition "Contemporary mining works - securing the mine" in the shaft head building, Regis talks about the difficult and dangerous work of the miners.

Visiting rules for active people:

Sightseeing in the form of an active excursion starts in the Regis shaft and lasts about 3 hours.

This route does not connect with the Tourist Route and related chambers (eg St. Kinga's Chapel).

Each tour starts on time and you must be at the meeting point 15 minutes in advance to complete the formalities.

Guided tours take place in groups of 20. 

The route is available for people over 10 years of age. Minors visit with a guardian.

Tourists receive a protective suit and mining equipment: a lamp, an absorber and a helmet.

Warm clothes should be brought (temperature underground is 14 ° - 16 ° C).

Please bring comfortable, waterproof footwear

It is forbidden to smoke, use open fire and electric flashlights.

Additional offer for schools:

In addition to the traditional Wieliczka Salt Mine, it offers activities and entertainment for children and teenagers during the visit Tourist routes or Mining routesj. 

The tour takes place with a guide in a group of up to 35 people and lasts 2,5 - 3,5 hours.

Tasty meals are served in the inn located underground.

The underground shop offers mascots and other trinkets of the salt world.

In the accommodation complex in Słowacki chamber there are excellent conditions for fun and night rest.

the Slovak chamber

You should bring warm clothes, as the underground temperature is 14-16 degrees Celsius, and comfortable and waterproof shoes.

Educational programs for children:

We discover Solilandia

(kindergartens and classes I - III)

It is a hike along the Tourist Route through the most beautiful places of the Wieliczka Salt Mine, combined with discovering the secrets of the fairy tale land. The Treasurer and cheerful Soliludek appear here, and at the end the children receive commemorative diplomas.

Duration: approximately 3 hours

The minimum number of participants: 20 people

Young miner

(grades IV-VII, junior high school and higher)

It is an active, educational journey in time, telling about the history of the Wieliczka Salt Mine, as well as the customs and work of miners.

A three-hour tour of the Mining Route is fun in the form of an active trip with elements of mathematics, physics and geology. Students get to know the mine work and mining traditions.

Participants receive protective clothing and equipment, such as each miner: lamp, absorber and helmet, and finally - a diploma.

duration of the visit: approximately 3 hours

for children from 10 years of age

number of participants: 10 - 20 people  

Following the footsteps of legends

The legends of Wieliczka are passed down from generation to generation. The guides who lead tourists through the salt corridors tell about the treasurer who watches over the salt treasure, the Saint Kinga who brought salt to Polish soil, and the hard work and history of miners from Wieliczka.

It is an offer for children, combining education with fun and active sightseeing in the Wieliczka Salt Mine. Children walk along the Tourist Route, solve quizzes, track down the Treasurer and compete in competitions related to old mining works. At the end, they receive diplomas and a sweet treat is served.

duration: approximately 3,5 hours

number of participants: 20 people

Young Miner and Workshops. Forge of Knowledge

The adventure begins with a trip along the Miners' Route, during which students play the roles of young miners, as well as independently complete tasks and prepare a report. On the way, participants are given protective clothing and mining equipment: a lamp, a canister and a helmet.

Then, the Kuźnia Wiedzy educational workshops are held in the lecture hall of the Regis Shaft, giving children the opportunity to perform independent experiments. The topic of the classes is salt and its properties.

duration of the visit and workshop: approximately 4 hours

for children from 10 years of age

number of participants: 20 - 40 people

pilgrimages 

Walking on the Underground Pilgrimage Trail "God Bless" runs along the route that is a testimony to the religiousness of the miners working here.

Pilgrims will see salt sculptures, the Chapel of St. Anthony, Wooden Golgotha, the Chapel of St. Kinga with salt altars, a carved pulpit, a copy of the Last Supper and a salt statue of John Paul II. There is also the Chapel of St. John with a wooden, polychrome interior, as well as the excavation of the Krakow Saltworks Museum in Wieliczka with a chapel dedicated to John Paul II. 

The underground restaurant offers meals, and in the shop you can buy souvenirs and devotional articles.

Stairs lead to the Wieliczka Salt Mine to a depth of 64 meters, and the exit from the depth of 135 meters is by elevator.

Słowacki Chamber - underground accommodation

Wieliczka Salt Mine has prepared 48 beds in 125 located underground meters of the Słowacki Chamber.

In the seating area of ​​the chamber, you can play arcade games and organize a disco. There is also a restaurant serving breakfast and dinner.

Packages for school groups combine various forms of visiting the mine with an overnight stay underground and two meals.

Number of people using the underground accommodation: 20 - 48 including caregivers

It is possible to rent a set of bed linen for PLN 17 / person

Shower included in the price

Graduation tower

The graduation tower is located near the Daniłowicz Shaft of the Wieliczka Salt Mine. It is 9 meters high, has an area of ​​7500 m2, and there is a 22-meter high observation tower next to it. The graduation tower in Wieliczka was built of larch wood and lined with blackthorn bundles. Wieliczka brine flows in it with a concentration of 16% NaCl.

30-minute inhalation supports the treatment of recurrent and chronic respiratory diseases. 

Time is spent in the graduation tower individually, without a guide and no booking is required.

Gastronomy

In the Wieliczka Salt Mine, meals prepared on site are served in underground kitchens.

Hotel Grand Sal **** has 80 beds in single or double rooms and an apartment, and in the Grand Sal restaurant you can organize an event for 1 people, and in the conference room for 2.

The hotel's restaurant provides gastronomic service at the highest level.

The hotel is located in a park, in the immediate vicinity of the Wieliczka Salt Mine.

Hotel Grand Sal **** is a perfect place for business meetings, banquets or corporate events. The hotel has a modern equipped conference and training room and Business Center. It provides full technical support and high-quality multimedia and conference equipment. Free Wi-Fi internet access is available throughout the hotel, and the service provides business services such as computer, fax, scanner, photocopier and courier services.

Organization of events, conferences and meetings:

Location of the Wieliczka Salt Mine in the distance of 10 km from the center Krakow, unusually original interiors and professionalism of the service is a guarantee of organizing a perfect event even for 600 guests.

All chambers are equipped with:

- sound system

-multimedia projector

-screen

-flipchart

- own cloakroom

- individual dining facilities

Additional equipment:

- wireless microphones

-drink bar

-stage

-rostrum

- audiovisual system

- simultaneous translation tabs

- access to the Internet and mobile phone networks

-professional technical service for organized meetings

-parking place

-decoration of tables

- room interior

-professional catering service (coffee breaks or gourmet meals). Dishes are prepared on site in the underground kitchens

The chambers were given to the guests:

-Warsaw 
-Jan Haluszka I 
-Jan Haluszka II 
-Drozdowice IV 
-Drozdowice III

-Gwarków

-Michałowice

and:

- St. Catherine Kinga

- St. Catherine John

Additional attractions during company meetings:

- sightseeing of the tourist route or mining route

-The underground escapade, that is, a trip with adventures

- ferry ride through the salt lake

- accommodation at the Grand Sal **** Hotel or underground in the Wieliczka Salt Mine

- meeting with the Treasurer, good spirit of the Mine

- the mining orchestra

- salt carving show

-program building team

- laying on the Honorary Mine Guest

- a huge welcome drink

-salt gifts for guests

- a meal in the restaurant of the Grand Sal **** Hotel or underground in the Wieliczka Salt Mine

Types of events:

-konferencje

-training

- intimate business meeting in the form of a gala dinner in a salt scenery

-company meeting or integration event

- promotional events

-banquet

-ball

-presentation

-wystawy

-competitions

-koncerty

-przedstawienia

-recitale

- theater and opera performances

-benefisy

-fashion show

dance dances

beauty contests

-sport events

-events

- occasional events

-studniówki

-family, anniversary and jubilee parties

-komunie

- the school graduates' visit

- an invasion to the sounds of Chopin's music

-vine in front of the altar in St. Kinga or St. John

-weddings

- welcoming the New Year

- photo session in the salt underground

-events and special events

- theme themes

The chambers of Warszawa and Jana Haluszka are equipped with stages and facilities (dressing room) for artists.

Thematic events:

Underground escapade

This adventure tour can be a diversion for a company meeting or employee training, as it combines fun and effective team building on the tourist route of the Wieliczka Salt Mine.

-20 - 70 people

- duration: 2,5 hours

- Polish or English language

-additionally: reception underground or a meal in the restaurant of the Grand Sal **** Hotel

Wieliczka evening - Miners' feast

A feast in an underground chamber allows you to learn about mining traditions. The program is led by actors of Krakow scenes.

-additionally: accommodation for 48 people in the basement of the Wieliczka Salt Mine or in the Grand Sal **** Hotel

-20 - 200 people

- duration: 2 hours

- Polish or English language

-additionally accommodation in the Słowacki Chamber or Grand Sal Hotel ****

Available chamber equipment:

-stage

-big screen

-multimedia projector

- MIPRO sound

-rostrum

-flipchart

-possibility to use mobile phones in the networks of all operators

-Internet access

- catering

-cloakroom

-toalety

- effect lighting

Comoros:

Jan Haluszki Chamber

The name comes from Jan Haluszka, the former mining starost of Salina Wielicka. Its boat-shaped shape and walls carved in a block of green salt 135 meters underground make it an excellent place to organize a banquet, party or company meeting.

Jan Haluszki Chamber II

Located at a depth of 135 meters, it is a suitable place for a small business meeting or family celebration for up to 40 people.

Drozdowice III Chamber

The construction of white logs and dark salt walls give the chamber a unique character. It is an excellent place to organize a banquet or a small meeting.

Drozdowice IV Chamber

It is an ideal space for an effective conference or scientific symposium.

Warsaw Chamber

This chamber was exploited as early as the 700th century. Today it is a unique place to organize a ball, conference or theatrical performance for up to XNUMX people.

Chamber of Gwarków

Its decor refers to old mining inns and you can feast on long wooden tables. There is a reconstruction of the former mine drainage system

chapels:

Chapel of St. Kinga

This most beautiful chapel in the Wieliczka Salt Mine is located 101 meters underground and has been under construction for 100 years. Chandeliers made of salt crystals, sculptures and bas-reliefs inspired by biblical scenes are a tribute that miners-artists paid to the Christian tradition and faith.

Here are Christmas shepherds, ceremonies, holy masses, concerts and weddings for up to 400 people.

The following chambers are available in the rental price:

-OR

- sound system, wired and wireless microphones

Additionally:

- effect lighting

Chapel of St. Cross

It was built in the 300th century as a votive offering for saving the mine from an underground water leak. The figures of saints here are XNUMX years old.

Chapel of St. John

This historic chapel has a wooden interior. The most valuable monument here is the figure of Christ Crucified from the 135th century. St. Jana is located 40 meters underground and is perfect for organizing a mass. or a wedding ceremony for up to XNUMX people.

Chapel of St. Anthony

It is the oldest of all chapels in the Wieliczka Salt Mine. It was established in the XNUMXth century. A salt crystal chandelier and salt sculptures of saints delight visitors.

Chapel of St. John Paul II

The chapel was built in 2014 and is dedicated to St. John Paul II

Michałowice Chamber

The miners created a structure made of large wooden logs, which impresses with its panache and precision. It is an ideal place for an intimate concert or snack for 100 people.

Some events that took place in the Wieliczka Salt Mine:

Underground concerts

-concert in the chapel of St. Kinga as part of the Misteria Paschalia Festival

-New Year Concert

-In front of the altar of the mining patron - entertainment music

-Krakowskie Zaduszki Jazzowe

- performances of the Representative Brass Band of the Wieliczka Salt Mine, the oldest in Europe, established in 1830, mining orchestra

- "Meetings in the depths" where "great known" and "little known" met at poetry evenings

Unusual events

- balloon flight in the Stanisław Staszic chamber reaching up to 36 meters in height

- bungee jump from a height of 36 meters in the Stanisław Staszic underground chamber

-underground windsurfing on the surface of a salt lake 104 meters underground, 9 meters deep

-tour de Pologne - the cyclists pass near the Daniłowicz Shaft, and the race ends with a gala in the Warszawa Chamber

Sport struggles

-football - the Warsaw chamber was the venue for football tournaments

-turns dance on the dance floor of the Warsaw Comoros

- martial arts - kung fu tournaments, boxing competitions

rallies

-the route of the race leads around the Mine, and its ceremonial ending takes place in a salt chamber, 125 meters underground

Interesting facts

-0 since 1945, the Wieliczka Salt Mine has been visited by about 45 million tourists

- the deepest lake is 9 meters deep

-the largest sculpture on the Tourist Route weighs 15 tons

- the highest excavation that tourists can see is the Stanisław Staszic Chamber, 36 m high

- during the reign of Casimir the Great, the income from the Krakow Saltworks covered 1/3 of the state treasury

-7,5 million m3 of salt were exploited from the mine

Wieliczka Salt Mine Tickets:

Ticket prices
5 / 8 Saltworks Castle PLN
46 / 64 Salt Mine PLN

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Also check: Bochnia Salt Mine

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