The Wieliczka Salt Mine
Wieliczka Travel Blog› entry 27 of 33 › view all entries
Don't ask me how to pronounce that, I have no idea.
I took a train from Auschwitz and made it to Wieliczka somehow. Once again, the train station was quite a ways from the site, and I was running out of time. I walked as fast as I could and made it to the site just in time to see one huge line. Ugh, what a letdown. Well, I was already there, so I might as well wait it out and see what happens. I was in line quite a while (and did not get too impatient, thank you very much) but I did eventually make it to the ticket counter and I got a ticket for an English speaking tour. After waiting a few more minutes, we were on our way down the elevator and into the mine.
The tour was long (in a good way) and it was a lot of fun. We walked a ton and saw a lot of neat sculptures made from the salt, and our tour guide did a great job with everything. He explained how the mine was mined, why they use wood for support beams, and showed us all the neat stuff. We even got to see a small church carved out of the salt, so miners had somewhere to go and pray. All this, way underground!