Wieliczka Salt Mine is one of the most unique places worldwide. During over seven hundred years generations of miners created amazing labyrinth of underground tunnels and thousands of chambers. What is more, they also filled some of them with stunning statues entirely carved in rock salt. That is why the Wieliczka Salt Mine is among only twelve sites that found the place on the first, original UNESCO heritage list. The first UNESCO list covered only three sites from entire Europe.
The tours starts on the Matejko Square situated in Krakow's Old Town. The Journey by bus is expected to last between 35 and 45 minutes (depending on the traffic). The Group will be accompanied by an English speaking tour leader that provides basic information about the tour and accompanies the group until the start of the visit. After arriving to the car park visitors take a short 5 minute walk to the main building of the Mine.
After a short break (during which you are able to use the restrooms, grab drinks or snacks) the group assembles again and prepares to commence the visit with the professional guide.
At the beginning the group has to descend 380 stairs down to the first level of the mine. And then, the real fun starts. The guide provides informations about the excavation sites and objects of the 2,5 kilometres (1,8 miles) long tourist rout. There are more stairs on the tour. Together with the first staircase there are 820 steps, but only 12 up.
After just under two hours underground tourists also have a short break in the underground commercial area where you can obtain some unique salt souvenirs. Afterwards the group assembles again in the meeting point and accompanied by the guide leaves to the elevator. Back at the surface again group walks back to the bus, and gets back to the Matejko Square in Krakow.