The Mysteries of the Wieliczka Mine

A miner's lamp in your hand, a protective helmet on your head, and inside your head, the newly acquired knowledge about the use of underground equipment and the safety rules in place and also the shared taste for adventure and experiencing an extraordinary sense of excitement. You go underground down a shaft which dates back to a time when Poland was ruled by great kings. The elevator doors open wide, just like in a fairy tale, making you want to cry out "Open, the mine" because in a short while, you and all the participants of the expedition will see firsthand the greatest of treasures.

The unique, beautiful corridors and chambers of the “Wieliczka” Salt Mine await in the dark to be discovered. Dense darkness conceals the amazing landscape sculpted in the salt by the forces of nature and human hands. The deep silence is disturbed only by the sound of steps. All the participants of the expedition will learn to know themselves better. This is the true secret of the mine in Wieliczka.

The Mysteries of the Wieliczka Mine route is an adrenaline-packed trip into the virgin areas of the “Wieliczka” Salt Mine. This is one of the mine's hardest routes as far as physical effort is concerned, but everyone who takes part in it will certainly not regret it. The visitors, equipped with helmets, miners' lamps and carbon monoxide absorbers, under the watchful eye of a specialised guide, will begin their journey at the Regis Shaft , located in the centre of the town of Wieliczka, away from the traditional Tourist Route. During the few hours of expedition, the trail will lead them through the excavations of a particular historical and geological value. Squeezing through narrow slits, bowing humbly in low passages, visitors will discover the truly magical power of the Wieliczka undergrounds.

Worth knowing

Visiting begins in the Regis Shaft.

The visit requires increased physical effort. This is the mine's hardest route as far as physical effort is concerned This is the most physically demanding trail available in the mine.

The trail does not connect with the Tourist Route and associated chambers - including the Chapel of St. Kinga.

The average time needed to complete the Mysteries of the Wieliczka Mine route is approximately 4 hours.

Booking is required at least 2 weeks before the scheduled visit date.

Before visiting, you will need to provide personal information and confirm having read the rules. Please consult the complete documentation.

The visit is always conducted under the supervision of a guide.

The expedition is open to people of 13 years of age and older. Minors can only visit with a guardian.

Tourists receive a protective coverall and mining equipment: a lamp, a POG absorber, and a helmet.

Bring comfortable, waterproof footwear.

Smoking and the use of open fire is not allowed at the mine.

Please bring warm clothing. Temperature underground ranges between 14° and 16° C.

Do not bring mobile phones. They distort the functioning of specialised equipment.

Taking pictures along the route is strictly forbidden.


Opening Hours

Kopalnia Soli "Wieliczka"

1st April – 31st October

Kopalnia Soli "Wieliczka"

2nd November – 31st March


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