The Wieliczka Salt Mine in Poland What to know before you go, see and what to do?
Si vas a the salt mine in Poland of Wieliczka, you will enjoy a unique place in the world, of a salt mine that will leave you with your mouth open.
On your way through the Wieliczka Mine, you will be surprised to feel transported to a labyrinthine world full of secrets. Do you know that tourists only have access to 2% of all underground excavations? Imagine the treasure in these mines!
Don't miss the Wieliczka Salt Mine in Poland, you'll love it!
Wieliczka Salt Mine in Poland
What to know for your visit?
On your trip through Poland you must visit the amazing Wieliczka Mine. It is a unique place, which you have to visit at least once in your life, we tell you from the heart. We have traveled the world a lot and seen many monuments and unusual places, but these mines have stolen our hearts. It is the underground salt cathedral, a sculpture in itself.
Why visit the Wieliczka Salt Mine in Poland?
If you enter the Wieliczka Salt Mine, you will immediately understand that you are in front of an inestimable monument of the material culture of the world, inscribed in the year 1978, on the First UNESCO Heritage List. This is already an indication, one of the first places inscribed in this famous list of essential places to see in the world.
Infinite galleries full of sculptures ... and all of salt ...
As you walk through the mine you will have the feeling that the transversal, inclined and longitudinal galleries are never ending. But Do you know that tourists only have access to 2% of all underground excavations?
Initially the galleries that were excavated were low and sinuous, in later times, when the miners had more experience and knowledge that allowed them to more efficiently assess the location and extent of the deposit, the galleries became wider and more orderly.
The total length of the existing galleries in the Polish Wielicka Salt Mine is about 245 km. Wieliczka miners carry out an accurate inventory of the salt undergrounds and each excavation and gallery has its unique name. Today during the visit to the mine, you will still see many miners still working to keep the mine safe for all.
It is no exaggeration to say that it is a complex multi-level salt maze, This is why tourists can only visit the Mine accompanied by a qualified guide, who knows the underpasses like his own hand.
It is worth knowing that Poland's Wielicka Salt Mine has 9 levels, the lowest of them is at a depth of 327 meters.
Impressive .. no?
How to visit the Wieliczka Salt Mine
Are you going to Wieliczka? The famous Polish salt mine has to be definitely on your list of destinations for Polish lands.
Visiting the mine is a great adventure, so it is worth knowing its secrets. Do not be afraid of the dark: all areas of the Tourist route are well lit.
In addition, you are always accompanied by a guide who will take you through this salt maze and will tell you all its secrets. TAnd I assure you that without a guide you would get lost, it really is a salt maze. You cannot visit the mine on your own.
Our guide was Agata, a Polish girl who spoke perfect Spanish and had a great sense of humor. The truth is that the visit was unbeatable thanks to her. In fact, she gave us the phone number since she was also a guide in Krakow and I'm going to leave it here because if you have the opportunity to hire her as a guide, you will have a great time with her, be it here or in Krakow. You can contact her by whatsapp at 00 + 48 506 619 897, really and from the heart that she is a wonderful person and with children I treat 10!
The Wielicka Salt Mine Guided Tour in Spanish
During the visit to the Polish Salt Mine in Wielicka you can discover and admire the underground tunnels of the old Polish salt mine filled with sculptures made of salt by the miners themselves or spectacular underground salt water lakes with light and music shows. In addition, you will be able to know the trade of the salt miner, his tools and appreciate the healing properties that the salt mine itself has, where today there is also a hospital for the cure of respiratory problems.
First of all tell you that to guarantee a place and have a guide in Spanish, you must reserve your tickets online. The page is in Spanish and the purchase is very simple. You can access here! to buy your tickets.
The normal ticket price is 100 zlotys, about € 22 uros. If you are a family, there is a family ticket, for 2 adults and 2 children, that you save a little money and it will cost you 280 zlotys for 4, about € 65 for 4.
Once you have bought the tickets, you already have your day and time to enter with your guide in Spanish who will accompany you. Guided tours in Spanish are usually around 13:XNUMX p.m. each day.
Access, duration and difficulty of the visit
It is accessed through the Daniłowicz well by going down 380 steps to go down to 65 meters underground, where the guided tour that will last approximately 2 hours for a 3,5 km route that will go down by 3 Niveles from the mines, until reaching 135 meters underground. In total you will go down by 800 steps, that nothing heavy is done and to rise to the surface you will do it in elevator.
Of course, the visit to the Wieliczka Salt Mine is done with breaks. The first lasts about an hour, in the area of the Drozdowice and Weimar chambers, where you can use the bathroom and visit a small snack stand.
The second break takes place after another hour of walking, in the vicinity of the Wisła-Warszawa-Budryk chambers. In this area there are also shopping stalls and the Karczma Górnicza restaurant, where excellent Polish cuisine is served.
- Book your tickets before so as not to miss the visit in Spanish.
- Carries warm clothes if you go in summer, You will do the whole visit at a temperature of about 17-18 degrees.
- If you go with a baby, you can do the visit with cart for the most part, but better use a folding cart to go down the 800 steps.
- You can take a guided tour with Wheelchair, you have to book in advance and it is adapted, you can see a part of the route and go down with the elevator.
Where to park and spend the night in the Wieliczka salt mine in Poland by motorhome or camper
The Wieliczka Salt Mines make it easy for you, like all of Poland. In the same car parks at the entrance of the mines you can park and they have a parking lot on grass for motorhomes that is signposted where they allow you to spend the night and have bathrooms. The price is 30 pln all day, and day and night 50 pln, about € 10 uros. They do not have but specific services for motorhomes. In this case, not far away you have a campsite in Wielicka with all services.
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Know a minimum about Poland. Poland guide by motorhome
We make it easy for you, here is a small guide to Poland to do it in a motorhome or camper van with everything you need to know.
In Poland, Polish is spoken as an official language, a language that Spaniards find it difficult not only to pronounce, the mere fact of reading it is already a drama. Experts say that it is one of the most difficult languages in the world. They have letters that we do not have, all including names are declined and there are up to 7 declensions and finally they join endless consonants without not a vowel in the middle.
English and German is the one spoken only in the most touristy places, but the truth is that it is little spoken compared to other European countries.
That is why we recommend that you download the Google Translator app and its Polish dictionary before going to Poland.
Words to know in Polish
SPANISH / POLISH / PRONUNCIATION
Thank you / Dziękuję / llinkuye (and if you want to thank not only you, then: "llinkuyeme" which is something like we thank you, everything is declined :)).
Good morning / Dzień dobry / Gin Dobre (sometimes colloquially they just say "Dobre" to greet you good morning)
Goodbye / Do widzenia / dobidzeña /
Yes / Tak / tak /
No / Nie / ñe
Enjoy! / Smacznego! / smachnego /
Water / Woda / wedding
No gas / Nie gaz / ñe gas
Beer / Piwo / pivo / (if you want two or three beers you must decline and it says "piva", for four beers it is said in another way etc ... hehehe)
Ice Cream / Lody / lodi
"Funny" words in Polish that you will learn quickly:
Dog in Polish is said "Feet"
Monk in Polish is said "Hen"
Road or highway in Polish is said "Drug"
Water is said in Polish "Wedding"
Yours in Polish is said "Fuck", so do not be scared if someone says "fuck me" it is a declined variant is not an indecent proposition hehehehehehehe
Lord in Polish is "Pan"
The census amounts to almost 39 million inhabitants.
Highest peak in Poland
The Rysy in the Tatra Mountains 2503 meters high.
Political geography: regions
Poland, with its capital in Warsaw is divided into 16 voivodeships or voivodeships (województwo), 380 districts (powiat) and 24787 municipalities (gmina).
The voivodeships, regions, are the following:
|Voivodeship||Capital or Cities|
|In Spanish||In Polish|
|Greater poland||Greater Poland||Poznan|
|Kuyavian and Pomeranian||Kujawsko-Pomorskie||Bydgoszcz / Toruń|
|Lower Silesia||Lower Silesia||Wroclaw|
|Lubusz||Lubusz||Gorzów Wielkopolski / Zielona Góra|
|Warmia and Masuria||Warmia-Mazury||Olsztyn|
€ 1 = PLN 4,5
Currency exchange and commissions
The best option to make everything cheaper: payment by card
In most places in Poland you can pay with a card, they pay up to a beer with a card. That is why we recommend that you use whenever you can your card and paying in zlotys when asked by the datafano. This is how it will always be cheaper for you.
We have been using the Evo bank card for 15 years, with which you can withdraw money at all ATMs in Spain and the world without commissions (if they charge you it is because the ATM's bank charges it, it changes ATMs).
With the Evo card, we do not charge any commission for currency exchange when you use the credit card.
With other banks, you should take a good look at the issue of commissions to the currency exchange and to get money, they usually take between 3% to 1% the one that less.
Withdraw money at ATMs or exchange houses
To withdraw money from ATMs in Poland, I recommend those of the PKO blue logo, they give the best change, the Santaders who give the worst change, they gave us a lot. In addition, at the ATM you always select the Cash Withdrawa optionl (best exchange guaranteed) so that it will be cheaper for you.
To change currency there are also Kantor offices from Poland is the one that gives the best change, they are giving about 4,40 for 1 Euro.
Prices in Poland are generally lower. Above all, it is noticeable in the restoration, museum tickets and entertainment venues. Gasoline and supermarkets are also slightly cheaper but pennies and maybe not so noticeable.
Some examples: 1 euro ice cream, 1 waffle € 1,80, a 1/2 liter beer: € 1,70; A plate of meat à la carte in a restaurant: from € 4 to € 6 and in an elegant or luxurious place at € 10 maximum, 1 kg of chicken breasts € 3 at the supermarket, museum tickets between € 2 to 5 (The great World Heritage attractions are more expensive but also cheaper than in Spain).
If you are from the European Union
- Valid DNI, also for minors
- European sanitary card
And optionally, we recommend travel insurance to cover medical expenses since in Poland the European health card applies, but it has a co-payment and you also have to advance the money in many cases, and then request the return of the part in Spain.
To avoid complications, we contract Iati Getaways, which is a travel insurance that also covers Covid and is special for motorhomes and campers since it covers theft inside the vehicle, liability and accident insurance for the pets we carry and even a replacement vehicle . I leave you here a 5% discount for those who hire him as Kucavana readers. click here! and they will apply the discount automatically.
See the current measures always updated on the official page Re-Open EU
Typical Polish gastronomy
Polish gastronomy is a true delight forged between the modernity of its cities and the rural life of 40% of its population. You can find flavors of a great diversity, modern and creative cuisine but also traditional and that varies according to the region where you are.
On your trip to Poland by motorhome you will find very very good and very cheap restaurants. The usual thing is to eat from the menu (dishes are around € 3 to € 6 on average) and choose a starter and then a main, which are usually more than considerable in size or, as a friend says, they are grandmothers' rations. Just to tell you that many times we asked for the leftovers to take away, something that is very normal there, and that we ate and dined with a great meal.
The typical dishes that you cannot miss:
- Zurek Soup -> In Poland you will see soups of all kinds. You will observe soups even in the soup. Many go inside the bread, as something curious. The most typical is this Zurek, which is like a stew broth with garlic, sausages (kielbasa) and boiled eggs. But apart from this you will see soups of everything you can imagine, and sometimes as strange as some may seem to you, they are all delicious even in summer!
- Rosól Soup -> Children's soup :). A broth with thin noodles.
- Pierogis -> My favorite food, that before going to Poland I already made it in my kitchen. They are like a kind of empanadas made with soft pasta like those of Japanese gyozas and filled with many things. The most typical of potato or meat.
- Kielbasas -> Sausages of all kinds. Normal and as sausage, spicy and milder. Spicy you have the krakowska or the wiejska or the mysliwska.
- Golonka -> Roasted knuckle
- Kotlet schabowy -> Battered pork chops accompanied by fried cabbage and potatoes usually.
- Bigos -> cooked like ours but with sauerkraut and sausages.
- Dumplings -> Potato paste stuffed into sundries, usually a large meatball
- Placki ziemniaczne -> French fry pancakes, many times they come with meat with sauce.
- Golabki -> cabbage leaves stuffed with meat and stewed in a sauce.
- Pulpety -> meatballs
- Ryba smażona -> fried fish
- Krokiety -> They are not croquettes as you might think, but crepes stuffed with meat or cabbage closed like a roll, breaded and fried.
- Placek zbójnicki (or placek po węgiersku) -> Our favorite food. A goulash type beef stew inside a kind of potato pancake ... delicious! At La Guarida del Lobo it was the best we ate of the whole trip!
Typical snacks that you cannot miss:
- Nalesniki -> Like cheese-filled crepes
- Chleb -> the bread that is eaten with everything made with rye flour and a symbol of luck in Poland and that is usually put in restaurants with lard for you to spread if you want.
- Ogórek -> pickled gherkins eaten all the time
- Ob wargenek -> Bread donut sold as a snack.
- Oscypek -> the famous sheep cheese with a peculiar flavor from the Polish mountains, which you will find in pierogis or in delicious cheesecakes (sernik).
Typical desserts and sweets that you cannot miss:
- Papieska kremówka -> the cream-filled puff pastry cake that was Pope John Paul II's favorite
- Sernik -> Cheesecake
- Szarlotka -> Apple pie, which is usually served hot and with vanilla ice cream. Our favorite dessert.
- Jagodzianka -> Bun stuffed with blueberries that is typical of summer, in winter they do not
- Paczek or Paczusie -> (pronounced "ponchki") Some buns stuffed with jam, the most typical of rose jam, very rich
The national drink is undoubtedly the beer (Piwo if it is one or remember if you order two or three Piwa). They have a thousand varieties of national beers and they serve you half a liter. Fortunately, the alcohol content is not very high. The most common brands are the Pearl, Tyskie or Lech. The ones we liked the most are the ones with a Goat and the Bison drawn, so surely easier to remember 😛
He too vodka National is a drink that no good Pole forgets after meals, in fact there is a debate between whether vodka is Polish or Russian, be careful what you are going to say to a Pole about it hehehe
On the other hand, if you like the wine, national production you will not find too much. On the contrary, the cider and in them you will find variety.
Finally, if you are coffee growers, you are in luck. Coffee (Kawa) you have something for all tastes and everywhere. My favorite was the "ice coffe with cream", that's how I asked for it in English and that's how they served me a glass of coffee with cream or vanilla ice cream or ice inside and generous and sweet cream on top, a delight, which I became fond of in Poland and that I will remember my whole life for sure.
Poland by motorhome: camper friendly country but with its peculiarities. Legislation and what you should know
Driving a motorhome in Poland
Driving on the roads of Poland It is easy but at the same time it can be somewhat tedious. Polish they drive like in SpainEven sometimes I would say that they are more polite than us, although they are rude and in a hurry there are everywhere. Now drivers are not the problem, there is something you need to know. The Poland's road infrastructures are at extreme, or they are excellent highways or they are roads, that if you suffer from your motorhome or camper, you can prepare yourself to suffer. There are a lot of minor and not-so-minor roads that are in pretty bad shape. Many are under construction and surely in a few years this will have improved a lot. Now, for the moment it is what it is.
Most of the roads are patched, with holes and no hard shoulder or painted markings. They are not narrow, nor do they normally have steep slopes, but they are in poor condition. They are roads that for a motorhome make you have to go very slowly if you do not want to get home without a motorhome. To do 60 km, think that it will take at least an hour, except you go from big cities to big cities where there are good highways and highways (but with very very minimal payments, the most we have paid have been 3 euros) of three lanes and new ones.
A trick: do not trust the GPS, take a good look at google maps and if you see a main road or highway pull for it, even if it is more kilometers and turn more.
But above all, driving on Polish roads implies respecting the country's highway code:
Speed limits on highways:
- Urbanized areas - up to 50 km / h (60 km / h after 23:00)
- Out of town - up to 90 km / h
- Urban helmet - up to 20 km / h
- Fast dual carriageway - up to 110 km / h
- On fast single carriageway - up to 100 km / h
- Dual carriageway with at least two lanes in each direction - up to 100 km / h
Obligations on the road that you must take into account:
- Mandatory to always circulate with the lights on
- The amount of alcohol allowed in the driver's blood is 0,2 mg / l
- If you are a motorhome of more than 3500 kg you must have the active TOLL road to circulate on Polish roads.
viaTOLL is an electronic road use charging system in Poland. Further information: http://www.viatoll.pl/en/home
Stay overnight and do motorhome or van services in Poland
If the vehicle is well parked and without camping the overnight stay is allowed as a general rule throughout the countryWe have not seen any sign of prohibited motorhomes in the whole trip. However, in some natural parks or coastal areas the stay of the vehicle at night may be restricted and they put chains closing the accesses.
Although, remember, power staying overnight does not give you the right to camp on your own, something that we explain below and that is prohibited throughout Poland.
To spend the night, apart from being able to do it in any parking lot, you have enough private motorhome and camping areas that are cheap there. In these places, you can also camp.
As they do not exist in Poland they are free municipal motorhome areas as we know them in southern Europe.
In addition, you should know that the camper areas (as there they call motorhomes, vans or any home vehicle) many times they do not have emptying services gray and / or black water. And even in some very basic campsites, more in the south of the country, it also happened to us that they did not have gray casts.
Trick solution for services: obviously search areas and campsites with all services and if we have nothing nearby, look for a Car wash (on the map we leave you some point) or a motorway service area with the sign "wc bus" and there gray and black drains where the buses. Above all, never ever pour water where you should not, remember that it is our future as a collective that we play for ourselves wherever we go.
Camping in a motorhome or camper in Poland
La wild camping is not allowed, Same as in spain. Camping is in fact prohibited and strictly controlled, especially in nature reserves and on the coast. If the police catch you camping, you can be fined up to € 120. As in Spain, we ask you to comply with the rules and never ever camp outside a campsite or private motorhome area or specifically regulated camping areas, which are the only places that allow it.
We remind you that camping is taking out an awning, taking out a table and chairs or taking out any element of your vehicle that causes it to exceed its perimeter.
For this, in Poland you are in luck, you have many private campsites and camper parks at a very good price. One good thing about Poland are the Prices of its campsites that average around € 15-20 per night for 2 adults + 2 children + 1 dog + 1 motorhome.