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post Jan 3 2010, 03:23 AM
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Planning a trip to Poland? Be sure not to miss this unique monument.

The vast Wieliczka Salt Mine is a monument to what was once a precious commodity
The Wieliczka salt mine, near the medieval city of Kraków, extends over 190 miles in length and drops to a depth of almost 500ft.

Salt was first mined here in the Middle Ages and until recent years it was one of the most precious commodities in the area. The mine stopped producing table salt in 2007 and its interior chambers and passageways are now open to tourists, although the site has attracted visitors since the 16th century.

There are nine levels of galleries, with caves excavated from the granite-grey salt rock and brine lakes glinting in the subterranean gloom. A series of 66 steps carved in the salt form the descent to the Chapel of St Cunegond, a church measuring some 220,000 square feet and displaying chandeliers made out of rock salt. Elsewhere in the labyrinth of passageways, the miners have carved reliefs on the walls.

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post Jan 4 2010, 06:39 PM
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Hi!
I went to Poland last year, and I had a great time!
I stayed in Aston Hostel (aston-hostel.pl) which was a really awesome accomodation and I saw: Wieliczka Salt Mine, Royal Castle, Market Square, Tyniec and Bielany (two locations outside of the city, both monasteries)! It was a great trip!
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post Jan 5 2010, 09:15 PM
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I have to agree, this is one of the more unique tourist attractions Poland has on offer. Worth checking out if you're in Krakow.


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post Mar 10 2010, 04:47 PM
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I've been there too! It's fantastic. I went woth organised tour that I book at the main train station in tourist information centre when I came to Krakow from Budapest. I can surely recomment you the company, I think it called See Krakow or something similar.
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post Mar 31 2010, 03:41 PM
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QUOTE(svorovsky @ Mar 31 2010, 04:46 AM) *

When have you been to Cracow? It's possible we've met and didn't realize it's us, and maybe it's one of those stories - after some time we meet on this forum, and fall in love, and live together in Cracow, Aston Hostel biggrin.gif hehe. That would be soo funny.
So, when?


Hey! I've also been to Cracow, and to Wieliczka Mine, and I even stayed at this hostel (which is pretty cool place, by the way) and you didn't say anything to me about falling in love! I feel so jealous now sad.gif tongue.gif
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post Apr 11 2010, 08:22 AM
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I checked what company I went to the Salt mine with. It calls SeeKrakow. It was really well organised. You can try them when you want to go there smile.gif
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post Jun 21 2011, 07:30 AM
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If you are already in Poland You should visit the salt mine. Definitely. Besides, Krakow and Oswiecim. This is all near each other, and I can not imagine that you are on the south Poland , didn't saw these wonderful places.
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