Tourist Route

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 44,772,693  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 lift.

As they say in the mine – back to the world.

Worth knowing

There are 20 chambers to visit - the Chapel of St. Kinga 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 17° and 18° 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.

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