Tours in English EVERY DAY! Auschwitz-Birkenau: 08.30 am, the Wieliczka Salt Mine: 3:30 pm.

The Wieliczka Salt mine

The Wieliczka Salt Mine is one of the oldest salt mines in the world and has been on UNESCO’s World Heritage Site list since 1978. Today, the Wieliczka Salt Mine combines many centuries of tradition and modernity, the history of several hundred years and has an underground metropolis with an extensive infrastructure. 


The Wieliczka Salt Mine offers exciting routes through tunnels with charming views of underground lakes. A surprise for a lot of tourists are the numerous chapels carved in salt. The most beautiful of them, St. Kinga’s Chapel, astonishes even the most seasoned globetrotters.


Your route through the mine leads you through galleries and chambers on three levels, from 64m to 135m below the ground, including the unique and very ornate St. Kinga’s Chapel. The route is 1.5 miles (2.5 km) long and you will have to walk down 800 steps in total.


The journey starts at the Danilowicz Shaft. Here, visitors meet their guide who, during their excursion, will tell them everything they wish to know about the mine’s history and its secrets. Visitors will have a moment for reflection with the music of Chopin playing in background accompanied by a light and sound show on the shores of one of the saline lakes. Finally, at the end of the journey, an elevator will take you back up to the surface.


Opening hours

The Wieliczka Salt Mine is open all year long, seven days a week with the exception of January 1, December 24 and 25, November 1 and Easter Sunday.


Basic information

– There are 20 chambers to visit – the Chapel of St. Kinga is the most beautiful of them all.
– The average time needed to complete the tour is approximately 2 hours.
– The tour is always done under the supervision of a guide.
– Please bring warm clothing. The temperature underground ranges from 14° to 16° C.
– There are 800 steps to climb, 380 of which are at the beginning take you down into the mine. Please ensure you wear comfortable footwear.
– Some parts of the route are adapted for wheelchairs. For those who use a wheelchair, early booking is recommended.
– Toilet facilities are dotted along the route, 40 and 90 minutes from the start of the visit, respectively.
– Smoking and naked flames (e.g. lighters) in the mine are strictly forbidden.
– You are required to pay 10 PLN for a permit to take photos and/or film in the mine.


Please refer to the Wieliczka Salt Mine’s website:


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