The corridors of the Wieliczka Mine are among the most visited tourist attractions
A new tourism record was set again in Małopolska – in 2016 the region was visited by 14.9 million tourists, over a million more compared to 2015. Asked about the most attractive places, tourists picked Krakow, Zakopane and the "Wieliczka” Salt Mine.
In 2016, the mine was toured by 1,567,800 guests – a 13% increase compared to 2015. It is a new historic record – never before has the mine been visited by so many tourists in a single year. Foreigners made up 49% of that number, with the majority coming from the United Kingdom, Italy, France and Spain. The top ten list also included Americans, Norwegians, Koreans, Czechs and Hungarians.
As always, the Tourist Route was the most popular attraction, followed by the Pilgrim’s Route, which owed some of its popularity to the World Youth Day – during the event, 78,000 pilgrims decided to tour the mine. Additionally, the Miners’ Route and the Graduation Tower are becoming increasingly popular. 161,000 people took advantage of the inhalations for medicinal or preventative purposes – 3% more than during the first 9 months of its operation in 2015.