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Wieliczka Salt Mine Tour

Dig up the storied past of Poland during a Wieliczka Salt Mine tour! With your Wieliczka Salt Mine tickets, you’ll go underground and explore a space that has been excavated since the 1200’s and was once occupied by Nazi forces to be used as a subterranean weapons factory. And, during your Krakow vacation, you can see it all for yourself. Check out amazing stalagmites and stalactites, discover a hidden lake, and find out why the Wieliczka Salt Mine has been a top Krakow attraction for centuries. You find no shortage of unique tours and Wieliczka Salt Mine experiences to choose from during your Krakow trip. Why not embarking on an exciting combo tour that includes both the Wieliczka Salt Mine and the Auschwitz Birkenau Memorial & Museum? Or, bypass the queues with Skip-the-line Wieliczka Salt Mine tickets! You can even pair a Wieliczka Salt Mine day trip with a tour of Schindler’s factory. It’s what to do in Krakow if you want to understand the history leading up to modern-day Poland!

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Our tips for Salt Mines

  • Drafty. Don’t forget to layer up before your Wieliczka Salt Mine trip! While it might be sunny and warm on Earth’s surface, it gets chillier the deeper you go underground.
  • Limber up! Consider a little stretching or other warm-up before your Wieliczka Salt Mine Tour. You’ll encounter plenty of stairs and some pretty tight spaces.
  • Get a grip! Make sure you wear shoes with plenty of tread left on the soles. Some of the footing can be a little precarious in the salt mine.

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Best time to visit

The best time to visit Wieliczka Salt Mine is in late spring or early summer, when the weather is nice and warm and tourism has yet to hit its peak. The weather in Krakow is generally mild in spring through autumn; however, the winter can be rather cold and snowy. Even after a long, hot summer day, Krakow can still really cool down in the evening. So, you’ll probably want to layer-up regardless of what time of year it is. The months of July and August probably deliver the absolute best weather, but you’ll also encounter inflated airfare and hotel rates. The significant amount of snow experienced during winter can make touring nearly impossible. But, if you simply want to hang out in Krakow, then you can rest assured that you can enjoy to the top Krakow attractions and make the trip to Wieliczka Salt Mine, which is open year round. If you’re trying to plan a romantic Krakow vacation, then bundling up and exploring the city with that special someone is what to do before your Wieliczka Salt Mine tour!

Getting there

Getting to the Wieliczka Salt Mine is pretty easy. And, there are a variety of ways to make the trip during your Krakow tour. If you prefer to take the train, then you’ll need to make your way to Krakow Glowny Station and hop on the blue and orange Koleje Malopolskie train and ride about 10 miles to the Wieliczka Rynek-Kopalnia Station. Once you hit the street, the Wieliczka Salt Mine is just one-third of a mile away from the station, so most visitors simply walk the remaining distance during their Poland trips. Those who choose to ride the bus will need to climb aboard Bus No. 304 and take a scenic 30-minute trip to the Wieliczka Kopalnia Soli stop. Busses represent the cheapest transportation option during your Krakow day trip; and, they’re reasonably comfortable. Finally, if you rented a car, then take Route 94 southeast out of the city. Once you reach Wieliczka, you’ll find parking lots on Dembowskiego Street and Danilowicza Street. Then, simply park your car and enjoy your Wieliczka Salt Mine day trip!

Money saving tips

Can’t stand waiting? That’s O.K.! Although the Wieliczka Salt Mine admits visitors on a first-come, first-served basis, booking ahead of time online allows you to walk right in without waiting for the next tour to start. That’s smart!

Did you know?

Fun Facts – Amaze your friends with this fascinating Wieliczka Salt Mine trivia!

  • Towards the end of World War II, the Nazis shipped thousands of Jews to Wieliczka Salt Mine to work in an underground weapons factory. But, production never started. 
  • Despite what most people think, the salt from Wieliczka Salt Mine comes in various shades of grey, rather than the typical white color.
  • Salt was extracted from the Wieliczka Salt Mine from the 1200’s all the way up until 1997, when it finally closed.
  • Over the centuries, famous visitors to Wieliczka Salt Mine include Copernicus, Chopin, von Goethe, and others!

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