10 reasons to visit the historic Wieliczka Salt Mine

The Wieliczka Salt Mines have a fascinating history. They were formed naturally where once, many years ago, there was a sea. The sea is gone, but the salt remains. Since the 15th century, the salt mines of Welicka have opened their doors to numerous tourists.
In 1978, the Wieliczka salt mines were included in the UNESCO world heritage list.
The salt mines in Wieliczka have seven underground levels (though some sources claim that there are 9), and the total length of the trails is more than 200 km. The depth of some of the levels is 198 meters, which is approximately equal to a 73-story building.
The mine is made up of approximately 3 thousand chambers connected with tunnels, with a total length of 300 kilometres.
The location has very healthy salt air, so breathe deeply and get healthy:)
This is an extremely popular destination. It receives over one million visitors per year.
The mine has many kilometres of galleries with works of art, underground chapels and statues sculpted from salt, which make for an unforgettable experience into the past.
There is interesting onsight museum. Its main attractions include historical artifacts, an exclusive horse-drawn train from the 19th century, a collection of mining tools and equipment, unique maps of the underground tunnel system and salt specimens, including crystals.
You can choose between two main tour experiences: The Tourist Route and The Miners' Route.The Tourist Route takes you on a journey through three kilometres of passageways and 20 chambers, each carved from salt. The Miner's Route involves getting into workers' clothing, putting on a hard hat, and carrying mining tools down into the depths of the shaft. The choice is yours! :)
Many famous people have visited this wonderful place: Nicolaus Copernicus, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Alexander von Humboldt, Fryderyk Chopin, Dmitri Mendeleyev, Robert Baden-Powell, Jacob Bronowski (who filmed segments of The Ascent of Man in the mine), the von Unrug family (a prominent Polish-German royal family), Karol Wojtyła (later, Pope John Paul II), former U.S. President Bill Clinton, and many others
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