Are you ready for the first (of many — let’s be real here) posts about our trip? I sure hope you are! Today, I’m going to tell you all about our trip to the Wieliczka Salt Mine. Sure, it might not seem like a salt mine is a prime tourist attraction, but in Krakow, an 800 year old salt mine is the place to see and be seen.
Honestly, when it came to cultural excursions, our choices seemed to be the Mine or Auschwitz. We chose the Mine for a number of reasons, so we booked the trip through our hotel and set off on a rainy morning. Here are five things I can tell you, right off the bat, about booking a trip to Wieliczka:
- If you book through the hotel concierge, you’re probably going to end up on a tour where they bus you to the mine and then immediately bus you back to your hotel. If you can avoid that set up, you should. The village is actually really cute and I was sad that we didn’t have more time to explore.
- As a followup to point one, there’s no opportunity to get fed on this trip (if you go on a tour like we did), so if you can’t find one where you get a little more time to knock around town, be sure to eat something before you go.*
- Some people might find being 300 feet underground for a day to be a little claustrophobic — we didn’t.** Even if you do have troubles underground, there are plenty of elevators to take you back to the surface.
- The tour of the mine itself is about 4 hours, there’s a lot of walking and a lot of steps. Prepare accordingly.
- You are allowed to lick the walls. You should wrap your mind around this before you enter the mine. I licked a wall and am so glad I did, Bret missed his chance because he couldn’t handle the gravity of the opportunity.
So, with that knowledge in mind, I can tell you that our trip to the Wieliczka Mine was worth every Zloty. If the underground pilgrim route isn’t cool enough for you, there are an astounding number of salt sculptures that were crafted by miners not artists.
*This might only apply to me, but if I don’t get lunch, I contemplate starting international incidents.
**Seriously, just don’t think about it. If you think about it, you’ll get scared. If you don’t think about it, you can just enjoy your day underground.