Wieliczka Salt Mines
Wieliczka salt mines
Just outside of Kraków are the Wieliczka salt mines. This is another primary tourist destination for first-time visitors to Poland. Be forewarned, to walk down into the mine is not for the faint of heart.
The tour itself takes you approximately 35 km underground and takes about three hours. The initial descent down into the mine takes you down 380 stairs! Luckily there is an elevator that takes you out of the mine and this can also be used for people who can’t walk the nearly 800 to 1000 steps it takes to get to the deepest portion of the mine.
If you have any issues with claustrophobia, or don’t like tons a rock over your head this probably isn’t for you. You have the opportunity to try the different salts, from various locations as you’re walking down. There are cathedrals, statues, altars all carved out of salt throughout the mines. At the absolute bottom is the restaurant and souvenir shop.