Miners’ Route

Kopalnia Soli "Wieliczka"

Covered in working clothes and armed with mining equipment, the visitors to the Wieliczka mine stop feeling like tourists as soon as they descend into the darkness by the oldest existing mine shaft, the Regis. Each of them is attributed a mining profession and tasks by the guide, known at the mine as the Foreman, who will carefully evaluate their execution. In this manner, visitors become novice miners (Slepry) and start to learn the ropes of this demanding profession guided by the light of their mining lamps.

The trail, located far off the busy Tourist Route, allows the visitors to discover the inner workings of the mine. On their own, they measure the concentration of methane, dig and transport salt, set the path and explore unknown chambers. They also experience the daily routine of underground life and the secrets of mining traditions and rituals, and experience first-hand the real taste of miners’ work.

Individual tours set off at the Regis shaft, located in the centre of Wieliczka, at set visiting hours.

Visiting is organized in compliance with set schedules.


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Worth knowing

The visit is an active expedition and requires increased physical effort.

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

The visit of the Miners’ Route begins at the Regis Shaft and takes about 3 hours.

The expedition begins on time. You should come to the assembly point at least 15 minutes in advance.

Those who arrive late or do not obtain their electronic cards cannot participate in the expedition.

The visit is made in groups of maximum 20 people. Earlier reservations are recommended.

Before exploring, you will need to complete some formalities. Please consult the complete documentation.

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

The Miners’ Route is accessible to persons over 10 years of age. The minors (age between 10 to 18 yearsare allowed to visit the mine under the supervision of an adult.

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

Please bring warm clothing. Temperature underground ranges between 17° and 18° C.

Bring comfortable, waterproof footwear.

You will descend into the mine by an elevator to Level I (57m) and come up from Level IIn (101m).

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




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