Top Attractions In Wieliczka: Off The Beaten Path In Poland
If you’re planning a holiday to Poland, then the historic town of Wieliczka is definitely worth a visit, especially if you’re going to be based in the south of the county. However, with other more famous locations to see, you might be wondering exactly what there is to see and do in this quieter town.
Before you decide to give it a miss in favour of other attractions, here are some of the top tourist hotspots that might entice you to visit Wieliczka.
Wieliczka Salt Mines
The Wieliczka salt mine tours are undoubtedly the town’s most visited attraction – and for good reason. It’s one of the world’s oldest salt mines that was used to procure table salt up until 2007 after it began operating in the 13th century. But if you’re imagining a dark tunnel and little light, you’re in for a pleasant surprise. The salt mines are an intricate labyrinth that house four different chapels, incredible statues made from rock salt and even an underground lake. If you’re interested in visiting a unique attraction in Poland, then the salt mines are for you.
If you can’t get enough of the salt mines themselves, the nearby castle is sure to bring your adventure to a satisfying conclusion. You’ll be able to explore the inside of the castle as well as the grounds and courtyard. And don’t worry, you won’t have to travel a great distance to see the castle as it’s located right in the heart of the town. Make sure you pay close attention to the impressive gothic hall, the salt cellars and any exhibitions that are running while you’re there.
St Clement’s Church
This church might not be the biggest or the grandest you’ve ever seen, but the gothic building still makes for an amazing picture. The outside appears minimalistic, but inside you’ll be treated to breath-taking alters and artwork. Because many local people still use the church as their main place of worship, your visit will give you a better insight into the lives of the townspeople for a more authentic experience.
Adam Mickiewicz Park
If you’re graced with blue skies while visiting Wieliczka, you may want to make the most of the good weather when you come out of the salt mines. Adam Mickiewicz Park is just west of the town centre and is the perfect place for an afternoon stroll or picnic. You’ll come across lots of benches as well as beautiful flower beds and greenery. If you want to catch a glimpse of the Serafa stream, head to the north of the park and you should spot running water around its border.
Top Tip: If you’re pressed for time in Poland and you want to prioritise more famous places like Auschwitz, don’t worry. The Wieliczka salt mines are a short drive away, meaning you could probably fit both into one day if you really wanted to. The salt mine tour itself only lasts around two hours, so if you’re in a hurry you don’t need to linger too long.
Featured image: By Magistratwieliczka – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,
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