On route

Straight into the darkness, following the clues allowing to solve the riddles, and in search of adventures. Travelling along this route you will find the keys for solving the mysteries of the Wieliczka mine. Austere and huge chambers, striking shapes of corridors leading visitors somewhere far, far into the inscrutable darkness. The underground excavations conceal more than just one surprise and deeply stir the seasoned adventurers imagination. This is a dream world for those who love to be constantly on the move, searching and actively exploring new places.

Tourists equipped with a helmet, a miner’s lamp and a carbon monoxide absorber begin their journey along the saline labyrinth at the historic Regis Shaft. The shat was already operational during the times of the Jagiellonian dynasty. The visiting route is marked on levels I, II and III of the mine. It leads through places requiring special attention because of their historic and geologic value. The next chambers and corridors reveal how salt was excavated in the past centuries and tourists can learn about the different systems used for protecting the chambers. This is also a perfect opportunity for learning more about the traditional religiousness of the miners.

Sometimes it will be necessary to squeeze through tight places and uncomfortable passages to suddenly stand in the centre of a huge chamber. Bow low in a corridor and after a while admire the unusually picturesque vault. Discovering the mysteries of the Wieliczka underground resembles from time to time a trip along a mountain track and is equally demanding. All the discomforts of the journey are however rewarding as one can experience the extraordinary beauty of the underground landscapes.

During such a trip respect for the true forces of nature awakens as well as the praise of fortitude of the people who had the courage to challenge nature. Antoine de Saint-Exupéry said, “Adventure meets us when we throw ourselves into it.” At the “Wieliczka” Salt Mine this is much more simple, as all you have to do is enter “it” by taking the elevator in the historic Regis Shaft down into the mine.

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