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Wieliczka Salt Mine

Wieliczka © Adam Kumiszcza
Wieliczka © Adam Kumiszcza

A UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Monument, the Salt Mine at Wieliczka is a unique underground complex built in the Middle Ages. The series of labyrinthine tunnels, chambers, galleries, and underground lakes are spread over nine levels and reach a depth of more than 1,000ft (304m), but visitors are restricted to a tour of three levels. Centuries-old passageways contain huge crystalline caverns and carved chapels. The highlight is the Blessed Kinga Chapel where everything is carved from salt, dedicated to the patron saint of Polish mine workers. The world's first subterranean therapeutic sanatorium is situated 656ft (200m) below the surface, and makes use of the saline air for the treatment of asthma.

Address: Ul. Danilowicza 10, Wieliczka

Website: www.kopalnia.pl

Transport: Buses and minibuses leave from outside the train station; or else there is the local Krakow-Wieliczka train