The Wieliczka Salt Mine, one of the oldest rock salt mines in the world, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Over its nearly 700-year history, approximately 245 kilometers of corridors have been carved out, but the Tourist Route open to visitors is less than 3.5 kilometers long.
The Wieliczka Salt Mine is a unique object in the world, which should definitely get on the list of must-see tourist attractions around Cracow. Salt lakes, salt sculptures, underground chambers, St. Kinga’s Chapel, original mine pits, ancient mining tools and machinery – the tour is full of fascinating exhibits, and all this underground, at a depth of 64–135 meters.
The Wieliczka Salt Mine is the second (besides Bochnia) mine in the world operating from the Middle Ages to the present day.
After completing a tour of the Tourist Route, it is also worth taking the Cracow Saltworks Museum in Wieliczka Route with the famous polish horse engine, which is probably the largest wooden mining machine in the world, and seeing a luxury railroad for officials, Jan Matejko paintings, miners’ everyday use items, and much more.