Wieleczka Salt Mine

It is difficult for me to suggest Wieliczka Salt Mine as a must-do when visiting Kraków. Although it pops up on many recommendation lists, I feel it’s more impressive in concept than as a visit. Given that we did the Tourist route (there is are also Miners’ and Pilgrims’ routes), the tour itself feels very manufactured in a family-theme-park kind of way. However, the history of the mine and it’s sheer immensity – 178 miles, which the tours merely touch on – is extremely impressive. As much as it is a tourist spot, hundreds of years of life, culture and religion were experienced underground here. The relics aren’t just the caverns and tunnels themselves but chapels and sculptures too. Read more about it on wikipedia or the Wieliczka Salt Mine’s own site.

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