The Polish Salt Mine That Looks Like An Underground Fantasy World
by Trisha Leigh
We all have responsibilities and limitations that make traveling tough to accomplish, which is one reason the digital age is so great! We can glimpse magic from halfway around the world without having to leave our couch.
So let me take you to Krakow, Poland to visit the truly stunning Wieliczka salt mine.
The mine was first opened in the 13th century, and today it’s a part of the First UNESCO World Heritage List.
This illustration, composited from a series of engravings first created by Willem Hondius in 1645, shows how deep it all went.
And when I say deep… I mean deep.
The mine plunges 1072 feet at its deepest point, and everything – every little thing in over 2000 chambers – is made of salt.
That includes the underground lakes…
And even the chandeliers.
There are plenty of wonderful things to see in Krakow, and in Poland, so you wouldn’t be booking that trip for the mine alone. If you’re into history, you can visit Auschwitz or Oskar Schindler’s factory.
If sightseeing is your thing, there are gorgeous river cruises and thermal baths, plus there is all the local culture and fare your heart could desire.