Wieliczka Salt Mine, Poland

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While in Krakow, I was recommended multiple times about this place. Apparently Wieliczka has been a salt mine for centuries and as they heavily advertised, this is one of the original 8 wolrd UNESCO heritage sites. So I went to look for a bus, only to find myself getting very lost asking the wrong people for the bus without speaking any Polish. After asking several people in the pouring rain and being brushed off here and there, a lady who could speak English finally stood up and showed me where my bus should be. Fortunately there were several people also getting off the same stop as there were a detour and the official salt mine stop has been blocked. After getting off we followed a Pole going through a small field and the mines were on the other side. If I was on my own I would never be able to find it….

The mine costs a lot more if you don’t speak Polish, and you do have to pay another extra for camera usage. After ages of tourism, I do have to say this is probably the most tourist-friendly mine I have been so far. Everything in the mines were made of salt, including the church, the chapel, the tourist information center and souvenir shop. They used to have bungee jumps from the top of the tourist information hall, but that was cancelled – I would love to bungee jump from the top of salt mine….

From Wieliczka Salt Mine, posted by Jenny Zheng on 7/19/2011 (80 items)

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