Time to Visit… Wieliczka Salt Mine, Krakow, Poland
A while ago during Easter break we spent a few days in Krakow, Poland. One the top of our bucket list of places to see there was the Salt Mine. We have read about this in several tour books and it looked amazing.
When visiting the mine, you can only visit by guided tour but no worries they offer a ton of them throughout the day. We bought our tickets online a couple of days before just so we would not have wait around for hours in case the were booked. I am glad we did because we only had to wait 30 minutes and our tour began.
I know this is going to be a ton of pictures but I took over 150+ pictures and to give this place justice and the pure beauty of this place, you need to see all of these.
If you see this, you are in the right place!
When you have kids this is the most important spot, the bathrooms! They are just outside the main building and they are FREE!! There were 2 ladies working in there to keep them clean and the line was LONG. When they saw me with the 2 little ones, they opened up the handicap room so we could sneak in there and skip the line. AWESOME!
By Polish standards, not cheap but it is worth every penny!! Oh, if you want to take photos you need to pay a 10 zlotys camera fee, just pay it because I promise you will want to take a photo or two.
Can we say “organized chaos?” You have 3 different lines going, 1. Polish tours, 2. English tours, 3. Private tour groups. So make sure you are in the right line!
The groups are even waiting outside.
Tour times for the many different languages they do. I am too lazy to retype it so here is a picture with the times instead.
AND there is FREE wi-fi while you wait!
Yes, you walk down all these steps, all 14 stories of them It is not that bad. If you had to go up them, then I would be worried! You take an elevator back up.
The salt is still growing down in these caves.
The Janowice Chamber.
Going through the Gorsko Passage. The supporting logs have turned into stone throughout the years.
Some of the old rail cart tracks.
The Sielec Chamber before 1642. This the work conditions the miners worked in during that period.
Walking through to another chamber the walls are just covered with salt. And yes, I licked my finger to try the salt. You know you would too!
There were horse down here working too. Unfortunately over time they would go blind because of all the darkness.
And more salt growing for the ceiling.
Our tour guide. She was GREAT! She even handled the 100+ questions my girls had for her.
One of the many little and big chapels you see throughout the tour. Notice the floors? That is carved in the caves not tiles.
The Pieskowa Skala chamber 1669. Yes, more stairs but the view was worth it.
The girls demonstrating how they would lift buckets up and down chamber.
The bucket system at work.
The bottom right corner you can see the original steps that the miners used. I will take the new wood ones, thank you.
Is this not the cutest thing you have ever seen?
Yet another cute one.
This just gives you a visual of how massive the different levels of this cave are.
I cannot imagine doing this job day in and day out.
Not sure if I would want to drink this water.
The Kunegunda Shaft Bottom
The reason many people come to the mine, this view!
Breath taking. These are carved from salt too!
This is all carved from salt. Can you imagine if his hand slipped when carving say the donkey’s ear? There is no redo!
The dimension is amazing on this. It is less then an inch or so deep.
Now if I could figure out how to add this nativity set to my collection I would be golden!
Did I mention how great our tour guide was? Here she is answering more questions the girls had.
Once again, another statue of Pope John Paul here in Poland. If I do not get converted to Catholicism I will be amazing before we leave here.
Time to go down another tunnel and see where that takes us.
To more lovely decorations.
Of course there are going to be gift shops in the mine.
A lake inside the mine.
This was our tour group.
There is even a restaurant at the end of the tour if you want to take a break before heading up.
Just another one of the many chapels down in the mine.
Are we done yet?
Nope but getting closer.
We are finally at the end. Time to go up to the surface.
Our small elevator.
The tag board. This is how they know who is still down in the mine and who is back.
Yet one last shopping opportunity before you leave when you get up top.
As you can see it was AMAZING! I would have no problem going into this several times, as I am sure I will see something new every time. If you are in the Krakow area, Wieliczka salt mine needs to be on your bucket list.
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Have you been to Wieliczka salt mine? If so, what your thoughts about the mine?
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