Magnificent chambers chiselled out in rock salt. Amazing underground saline lakes, majestic timber constructions and unique statues sculpted in salt. Almost 3 kilometres of meandering corridors, 800 steps to climb of which 350 have to be descended to reach the depth of 135 meters underground. Thus it is no surprise that till now, the Tourist Route, the main visiting route of the mine has been visited by 40,000,000 tourists from around the whole world in search of adventures.
The journey starts at the Danilowicz Shaft. Here, visitors meet their guide, who during their excursion will tell them everything they want to know about the mine history and its secrets. About the forces of nature ruling within the depths of the mine, about the ethos of hard work performed by the generations of miners. Travelling further and further into the mine chasm tourists discover unusual places and see with their own eyes the power of human hands that once excavated rock salt, as well as magnificent mining tools and machines.
Visitors will also have the opportunity to see a completely different image of the mine hearing the legend about Princess Kinga and how she brought the salt treasure to Polish land. Half way along the route they will see the wondrous chapel dedicated to her and the saline works of art decorating the chapel. Visitors will have a moment for reflection hearing the music of Chopin accompanying a light and sound spectacle on the shores of one of the saline lakes. At the end, when they have tasted the specialities offered in the underground tavern, they will regain their strength to continue their journey to the Krakow Saltworks Museum. Here, they will see the intricately set in silver horn of an aurochs (1534) – the Saltdiggers’ Horn, experience an unforgettable meeting with history, as well as become familiar with ancient mining tools and instruments. This second part of the trip along the Tourist Route is a 1.5-kilometre journey, at the end of which they will be able to return to the surface in a real miner’s lift.
As they say in the mine – back to the world.
There are 20 chambers to visit - the Chapel of St. King is the most brilliant one.
The average time needed to complete the route together with visiting the Krakow Saltworks Museum is approximately 3 hours.
The visit is always conducted under the supervision of a guide.
Please bring warm clothing. Temperature underground ranges between 14° and 16° C.
There are 800 steps to climb of which 350 at the beginning take you down into the mine. Wear comfortable shoes.
Some parts of the route are adapted for wheelchairs. Earlier bookings in this case are recommended.
Children up to 4 years of age are allowed to visit free-of-charge.
Toilet facilities are spaced along the route respectively, 40 and 90 minutes from the moment of beginning the visit.
Smoking and using an open fire in the mine is strictly forbidden.
No animals are allowed in the mine. The mine does not offer any animal shelters of its own for your pets.
Baggage can be left at the luggage office located close to the tourist information centre.
Please pay for your permit to take photos and make films at the ticket desk.
- No earlier reservations necessary.
- Visits are organized with other tourists on the spot. The standard group entering the mine consists of 35 persons.
- A guide always supervises the whole group visiting the mine.
- Do not book any specific date of your visit. Tickets can be bought on the spot.
- You will not have to wait longer than 1 hour from after purchising of ticket to enter the mine with a Polish group.
- Foreigners can take advantage of foreign language tours, which begin at specific hours.
- Tickets may be purchased in advance at the mine or at the office in Krakow.
- You can also buy tickets for a specified visiting hour via Internet.
- You can eat a meal on the surface at the Grand Sal Restaurant or underground at the Miners’ Tavern.
- Earlier reservations are necessary.
- Visits are organized in groups.
- The selected guide will supervise only your group during the visit in the language selected by you.
- Declare in advance the date and hour of your visit which is most convenient for you.
- Information about available visiting dates and hours is accessible after filling out the on-line form.
- Everything can be prearranged via e-mail or by phone.
- You can book meals for the whole group at the Miners’ Tavern situated 125 metres underground.
1st April – 31st October
2nd November – 31st March
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