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“Too many tourists not enough time dedicated to a key attraction”

Wieliczka Salt Mine
Ranked #1 of 15 things to do in Wieliczka
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited the Salt Mine on 21st June 2018 with a guide in Polish language, the start of the tour was at 8:30 or there about. The place is a victim of it`s success, there are too many people wanting to see the mine, the result of it is that the time the guides are allowed to spend by the main attraction (the main hall) is only 2 or 3 minutes. It is disgustingly short when you take into account that the whole time you spend under the ground is over 2 hours. Last time I went to Wieliczka was about 10 years ago and I shall not be going back again for a long time. The last trip left a bad taste in my mouth. The attraction has become a machine to get money out of the tourists with being not a good value for money, IMO. Believe me if you go there and you will reach the main hall you will want to spend more time than 2 or 3 minutes, It should have been more like 10 minutes. It is not cheap.

1  Thank Rafal K
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Salt mines in Krakow: I was truly amazed of this underground city where not so long ago they used to get salt. They even have full scale underground church there! Could not help thinking of dwarves of Erebor ‍♂️ though they force you to be part of the tour, saying you might get lost yet touristic route is rather straightforward and obvious. Why do I have to listen to fake forced accent of a guide and make 999 stops? And nobody tells that you will exit the mines in totally different place 1 km away and you will have to find your way

Thank andrew_skylark
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a very interesting tour. This salt mine was started in the 1300's when someone saw salt water bubbling up to the ground. There are displays depicting how the mine has operated throughout the last 7 centuries. There are underground lakes, huge halls and an enormous cathedral carved into the salt/rock. In the cathedral are salt sculptures of Mary, Jesus, the holy family, and various other biblical scenes. you have to walk down hundreds of stairs to get 400 feet down to the mine but there is an elevator to take you back to the surface after the tour.

3  Thank RichardK938
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went on a guided tour - such an interesting place - beautiful caves and carvings underground. Magical. Be prepared for a lot of walking.

Thank Cathrine S
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We like using local transport so travelled by Bus 304 from Krakow (Kurniki street near Gallery Krakowska). It took about 40 mins each way, and stops very close to the mine. Just make sure to get a return ticket before getting on the bus, on the bus you can only pay with cash. Plus inspectors, not in uniform, may well get on to check you have the ticket and have checked your ticket in the machine on the bus. Return ticket cost was less than 8 Zloty.

Once there we queued to buy a ticket and then joined a tour group. English speaking tours run every half hour, and we only had to wait a few minutes. Perhaps that was lucky since they typically get 6000 plus visitors a day. You join a group of about 30 people. The entry fee was 90Zl, plus paid 10Zl so have a sticker to allow photos to be taken (most people in the group bought this down the mine).

The tour was about 2 hours. Steps down for 65M, a tour round then down to about 130M. Lots of sites, so special, lakes, copies of workers, religious enclaves, statues, large caverns. Much use of salt in the making. You have earphones to hear your guide relating the tour. Do have to keep moving because there is soon another tour group following you.

At the of this tour there is an option for a technical tour, did not take it so no detail. I think it is about an hour.

We left, short walk and the bus back. Bus is about every 20 mins.

Certainly well worth a visit. I did have a bit of concern for my wife has she has knee replacements, but she coped fine.

3  Thank John46H
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