WIELICZKA SALT MINE – KRAKOW

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During my travels in Poland, what was undoubtedly the standout highlight of the trip was visiting the Wieliczka Salt Mine.  Its 3 kilometres of winding corridors take you down 135 meters below ground level where there are 20 chambers to explore, the most notable of which houses an incredible and vast underground chapel, carved into the salt rock.

Wieliczka Salt Mine - Krakow - Poland

We took the Tourist Route tour of the Wieliczka Salt Mine, which took about 3 hours and is guided by an expert who was on hand to impart fascinating facts about the history of the mine.

Wieliczka Salt Mine - Krakow - Poland

The true highlight of the tour was the expansive and intricately decorated Chapel of St. King, which is up there as one of the most incredible things that I’ve seen on my travels to date.  It’s so hard to believe that such grandeur exists so far below ground.

Wieliczka Salt Mine - Krakow - Poland

Everywhere you look, there are incredible details that have  been painstakingly hand carved into the rock salt.

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Other parts of the mine are just as fascinating – there are many chambers to explore, not to mention an underground salt lake.  History lovers in particular should check out the Krakow Saltworks Museum to discover the Wieliczka Salt Mine’s history in greater depth.  There’s also a lovely cafe all the way down at the bottom of the mine shaft, so you can grab something to eat and drink if you walk up an appetite.

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There are plenty of gift shops at the end of the tour, so you will have plenty of opportunity to bring back something for your loved ones.  I picked myself up a pink natural salt lamp, which produces such warm and soothing light, and is now keep next to my bed.

Thankfully, once it is time to head back up to ground level, there’s a lift that can take you back up, to save having to walk all the way.

If you visit Krakow, I can’t urge you enough to check out the Wieliczka Salt Mine.  Over 40 million people have visited it so far and it is not hard to see why.  If you do visit, don’t forget to wrap up warm as it can get quite cold down in the mine shaft, and wear sensible footwear too, as you will be walking a lot!

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