Who knew that a salt mine built in the 13th century could still be in operation (albeit limited) today? And who knew that a salt mine could be so beautiful and so historic? Wow!
To access the mine, you must begin by descending 378 steps. We knew that. You get to go back to the top by elevator. We knew that too, What we did not know is how many steps one had to descend to get to the bottom of the public part of the mine (about 135 meters or about 440 feet). The answer, according to our guide, is 815 and the tour runs about 4 kilometers (2.5 miles). That said, it is not a difficult walk. However, you do have to have a certain level of ability to walk. The mine is not handicapped accessible.
There are amazing works of art throughout the mine but especially in the Chapel of St. Kinga, near the end of the tour. Be aware that while you may take as many photos as you wish, free of charge, on most of the tour, there is a charge of 10 PLN to take photos in the chapel (worth the cost, though). There are gnomes and elves, popes and kings, copies of great works of art and even chandeliers - all made of salt.