What is the temperature in the mine?
The temperature in the mine is stable and ranges between 14o and 16oC, so when you visit the site during the summer, you should bring warm clothes.
How long is the tour?
The tour of the Tourist Route, or more than 20 historic chambers connected by 2 km of corridors and the underground exhibition of the Krakow Saltworks Museum, located on Level III of the mine, takes about 3 hours. You can go back to the surface after visiting the Tourist Route, i.e. after about 2 hours.
How should I dress when going on a tour of the mine?
The temperature in the mine is stable and ranges between 14o and 16oC, so when you visit the site during the summer, you should bring warm clothes. The tour lasts for 2-3 hours, and a part of the route leads along stairs, so it is a good idea to wear comfortable shoes, too. In the historic part of the mine, sites of sacral character are located, so you should wear appropriate clothing.
Why don't tourists need to have helmets and lamps?
The underground Tourist Route is fully lighted. It is also equipped with additional emergency lighting, so there is no need for tourists to bring additional lamps underground. For added convenience, tourists are also exempted from mining regulations regarding the wear of helmets. This allows you to enjoy the underground tour without having to carry the mining equipment.
Is it true that the air in the mine is healthy?
The air in the mine is characterised by exceptional bacteriological purity and a high concentration of sodium chloride, magnesium and calcium ions. That is why the mine also serves as a treatment centre. A stay in the saline underground is effective in the treatment of respiratory diseases, asthma and allergies. The sodium chloride content in the air is the highest near the salt lakes.
Are there any diseases that are a contraindication to visiting the mine?
The tour of the mine takes about 2-3 hours, and tourists go down stairs and ramps to Level III 135m underground. Older persons, especially those with mobility problems should assess their ability in a realistic manner. Also people who suffer from claustrophobia or chronic illness should seek medical advice before going underground.
Can I visit the mine if I am pregnant?
If you work and have an active lifestyle you should not feel any discomfort during the visit underground. However, you should assess your ability in a realistic manner. The tour of the Mine takes about 2-3 hours, and for a span of time, tourists go down stairs and ramps to Level III 135 meters underground.
Why cannot I touch and lick the salt sculptures?
The oldest of the sculptures which you can admire along the Tourist Route date back to the seventeenth century. They not only adorn the mine, but are also very precious historical monuments, and are under special care. Salt sculptures are constantly exposed to the process of leaching, or the dissolution of salt by moist air. By touching them, tourists can contribute to accelerating the process of destruction.
Can I buy souvenirs underground?
Underground, there are several points where you can buy souvenirs. During the tour, you can visit the stand in the Drozdowice Chamber. After about two hours of sightseeing, tourists reach the Staszic - Wisła - Warszawa - Budryk chambers area, where a restaurant is located, among other services. Also there, you can find numerous souvenir stands. In the Staszic Chamber, also a postal counter is located, from which you can send a postcard with a commemorative stamp confirming your visit to the mine.
Is there a luggage storage at the mine site?
A luggage storage is located at the mine's main entrance. Its opening hours are the same as those of the mine.