The Project in Theory and Practice
The Miners’ Route was created as a result of the historic “Wieliczka” Salt Mine New Adventure Trails project, an innovative manner of exploring the salt excavations financed by the EU Innovative Economy Operational Programme. The project allows tourists to discover the history of the mine in the first centuries of its existence and the methods of the exploitation of the salt bed, as well as the manners of securing the chambers, excavation drainage, underground ventilation and lighting.
Tourists discover the life of the saline underground in an unconventional manner. For a few hours, they become novice miners, called slepry. Equipped with miner's lamps, helmets and POG absorbers, they gather knowledge and experience under the eye of the chargeman. The Miners' Route sets off far from the traditional Tourist Route, at the Regis shaft situated in the center of the town of Wieliczka, and runs along underground excavations which have so far not been open to tourists.
The Miners’ Route was created to answer the needs of tourists visiting the mine, who are looking for an unconventional leisure activity and interesting, unique places to visit. It allows direct access to a unique mining site, whose oldest, medieval pits with unique visual, geological, historical and technical values are a part of one of Poland's oldest historical monuments, operating without interruption since the 13th c. and registered on the UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage list.
The implementation of the New Adventure Trails project in the historic “Wieliczka” Salt Mine is consistent with the objectives of Measure 6.4 of the IE OP, and it provides a unique support for the “Wieliczka” Salt Mine, enriching its cultural and historical offer. As a result of the project implementation, the historic complex of the Regis Shaft pithead buildings and historic mine workings were secured and made available, and two modern lifts were installed in the Regis Shaft.