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Wieliczka

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    • Day20

      Krakau - Salzbergwerk Wieliczka

      July 10, 2021 in Poland ⋅ ☁️ 21 °C

      Früh geht's auf direktem Weg zum Salzbergwerk in ca. 250km Entfernung.
      Das Salzbergwerk in der südpolnischen Stadt Wieliczka (deutsch Groß Salze) ist eines der ältesten und bekanntesten Salzbergwerke der Welt.
      Als die Salzquellen zur Mitte des 13. Jahrhunderts erschöpft waren, wurde unter Tage nach Salzsole gesucht und dabei die Steinsalzlagerstätte entdeckt.
      Die Tour durch das Bergwerk dauert mehr als 2, 5 Std. und ist mehr als beeindruckend.
      Zu Beginn geht es gleich 56 kleine Stockwerke über eine Art Holztreppenhaus nach unten. Die Größe der unterirdischen Räume ist atemberaubend. Die Bilder spiegeln es vermutlich nicht vollständig wieder, aber es ist fast ein wenig kruselig in ca. 150m unter der Erde von Festsaal zu Festsaal zu laufen. Da es das Salzbergwerk aber schon sehr lange gibt und die Konstruktion täglich auf ihre Stabilität geprüft wird (ist klar 😉), haben wir vollstes Vertrauen dass diese nicht heute einstürzt...
      Manche Räume ähneln der Welt von Herr der Ringe und um eine Vorstellung von der Größe zu bekommen: In einer der Höhlen wurde ein Guinness World Record mit einem unterirdischen Heißluftballonflug geschafft. Zwar nur 2m hoch, aber er wurde als Record bestätigt.
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      Hallo gehts euch gut [ELISABETH]

      7/15/21Reply
      Traveler

      uns geht's sehr gut :) machen uns jetzt wieder auf den Heimweg

      7/15/21Reply
       
    • Day3

      Wieliczka Salt Mine.

      March 5 in Poland ⋅ ☁️ 1 °C

      We spent a very happy morning inside this fantastic place. We travelled to 125 metres below ground. We saw chapels and statues and visited the place where the deepest bungie jump and the deepest balloon flight happened. An amazing place that is well worth a visit.Read more

    • Day21

      Die Salzmine Wieliczka

      August 19, 2021 in Poland ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

      Um die 140 Meter unter der Erde, 400 Stufen mussten wir hinuntersteigen. Unzählige Gänge und mehr haushohe Kammern, in denen man sich gnadenlos verlaufen kann. Alles aus Salzstein, auch wenn es nich so aussieht, alles nur Salz und Holz. Das muss ich selbst überprüfen und ne Leckprobe machen👅 die können ja viel erzählen🤣Read more

      Traveler

      😅

      8/21/21Reply
      Traveler

      Ich hab nich wirklich dran geleckt, aber ...🤪

      8/22/21Reply
      Traveler

      Hallo, liebe Moni, lieber Julian! Dieses Salzbergwerk kenne ich auch. Und fand es sehr beeindruckend.

      8/22/21Reply
      Traveler

      Ach echt? Wie cool is das denn? Schon allein deswegen hat es sich schon mal gelohnt😄

      8/22/21Reply

      Wart ihr Baden? :) [Henrik]

      8/24/21Reply
       
    • Day71

      Wieliczka Salt Mine

      September 16 in Poland ⋅ ☁️ 17 °C

      I went here when I was 16 and always tell people it's one of the coolest places I've ever been, so I was almost nervous to go back after bigging it up SO much to Brace incase it was a let down. But nope, even better than I remembered actually.

      It's just an incredibly beautiful, impressive and interesting place. One of the first UNESCO world heritage sites, along with Kraków it's neighbouring city, interestingly Kraków was entirely funded by the salt mined from Wieliczka.

      Initially owned by the crown it was very profitable, salt of course used to be currency, valuable especially due to its ability to preserve meat and food.

      There are over 3000km of trails in the mine, many chapels and places of worship, minors would pray before beginning work and again at the end of the day to thank god for allowing them to see the light of day once more.

      The most impressive and recognisable part of the mine is the huge church with the many chandeliers. The entire place (and it is huge and very intricately carved in so many ways) was actually carved from one single rock. Incredibly it was in fact done mainly by one man, single handedly!! He was just an ordinary miner who the boss recognised as being talented, so asked him to do some more decorative pieces which led to what you see in the pictures, when he finished his brother took over and then another 2 men. The brothers Dad was also a miner 😊

      The chandeliers are also made of salt, and basically every carving and statue in all the photos is salt. The ones that look darker are around 97% purity (up to over 99%) the slight impurity gives it the darker colour, but when you shine a torch close on it you can see all the crystals and that it is indeed salt not rock!

      Some of the old wonders down there have of course dissolved, nowadays they have a system to ensure the air is kept right, which actually just is keeping a lot of doors closed (as in you all walk into one section of corridor and then close the door behind you before entering the next) and air being extracted up to earth.

      There are huge sections of liquid in the mines where boats used to transport the salt and various other reasons, but it isn't water, its saturated brine, meaning it doesn't moisten the air and damage the salt.

      Well I could ramble on. But you could just go yourself 😊
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      Traveler

      I’m glad it was as magnificent as you remembered 💕💕💕

      9/24/22Reply
       
    • Day4

      Wieliczka Salt Mine

      May 19 in Poland ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

      Wieliczka is approx 30 minutes outside Krakow and famous for its ancient salt mine, which opened 700 years ago and is still in operation (for maintenance only). Rock salt is a valuable mineral that fuelled Krakow's growth (and, from a tourist income perspective, still does so today!)

      The mine is unique in the world for its corridors, sculptures, chambers and galleries that have all been excavated and carved by hand. There is a 2 km tourist route on three levels through a network of underground galleries reaching a depth of 135m.

      An amazing experience.
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    • Day4

      Kopalnia Soli, PL

      August 2, 2021 in Poland ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

      Da Lotte sich diese Salzminen unbedingt ansehen wollte, geben wir wie echte Touris viiiel zu viel Geld für die Tour plus Parkplatz aus. Gut, dass wir die nächsten zwei Tage wandern und somit keine Ausgaben haben (das denken wir zumindest zu dem Zeitpunkt noch). Die Salzhöhlen sind beeindruckend und es ist eine interessante Tour.

      Danach fahren wir zwei Stunden Richtung Tatras Mountains und verbringen dort die Nacht auf einem Parkplatz, wo auch zwei andere Autos und ein Wohnmobil zum übernachten parken.
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    • Day86

      Salzbergwerk Wieliczka

      September 30, 2019 in Poland ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

      Ein aktives Salzbergwerk mit riesiger Kapelle.
      Hier wird das Salz allerdings nicht mehr wie früher in Form von Salzblöcken abgebaut, sondern es wird Salzwasser aus der 9. Sole abgepumpt und dann abgekocht. ⛏️
      Früher arbeiteten hier viele Pferde unter Tage, die ihr ganzes Leben dort verbrachten und jeden Tag 2 Stunden arbeiten mussten. 🐎

      In bis zu 135 Metern Tiefe bewegt man sich bei der Touristentour. Der Abstieg per Treppe und der Aufstieg zum Glück mit dem Aufzug 👷🏼‍♂️👷🏼‍♀️

      Glückauf, Glückauf! Der Steiger kommt
      und er hat sein helles Licht bei der Nacht,
      und er hat sein helles Licht bei der Nacht,
      schon angezünd't, schon angezünd't.
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      Traveler

      wow...gespenstisch

      9/30/19Reply
      Traveler

      sicherlich ganz schön tief

      9/30/19Reply
       
    • Day13

      Wieliczka

      September 8, 2021 in Poland ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

      The claim to fame in Wiezliczka is it's 13th century salt mine. They are no longer mining salt here, but the site is still active with tourism and a health resort that trades on the highly mineralized water.
      I have been in a number of salt mines around the world (see other posts from previous trips). So I decided not to post again similar exhibits. I decided to take a panorama of the largest carved room, the chapel of Saint Kinga. All of the work is by local craftsmen, the most famous item is the copy of the Davinci Last Supper carved in salt on one of the walls. You should be able to pick it out. And, yes, the chandeliers are made of salt.
      This is still a working church with mass every Sunday.
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    • Day3

      Mina de sal

      September 25, 2019 in Poland ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

      Depois de 4h de carro, chegámos às Minas de sal de Wieliczka, património mundial da UNESCO.
      Uma mina de 300km de extensão e 300m de profundidade, em atividade desde o século XIII.
      Fizemos um tour de mais de 3km, a mais de 100m de profundidade. Uma obra de arquitectura, com centenas de anos que vale a pena recordar.

      Centenas de estátuas de sal, capelas e lagos vão animando o nosso percurso. Com a nossa guia que nos vai explicando a história de cada troço.
      Cavalos trabalharam durante anos nestas profundidades, mas durante estes anos todos os únicos homens que foram forçados a trabalhar foram os judeus na segunda guerra mundial.

      A primeira impressão de Cracóvia, foi um tipo cheio de sangue na cara que passou por nós perto do nosso apartamento, uma sem abriga de peito à mostra e alguns malucos no parque que assustaram a nossa Joaninha a caminho do restaurante para jantar.
      A noite parece animada, levando nos apesar da chuva a dar um pezinho de dança antes de voltar para casa.
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      Traveler

      A mina é só brutal. Muito bom.

      9/26/19Reply
       
    • Day7

      Wieliczka Salt Mine

      August 7 in Poland ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

      After a rather disagreeable night at the new hostel (Evergreen's was fully booked for the weekend), I had a relatively early start on Sunday to head to the Wieliczka Salt Mine, an UNESCO heritage site. One of the oldest salt mines in Europe, it started to operate in the 13th century. According to legend, Princess Kinga from Hungary had asked for a dowry of rock salt instead of gold and jewels. Her father gave her the largest salt mine of the kingdom, but she didn't know how to transfer it to her new home, Poland. So she threw her engagement ring into a mine shaft and prayed. Not long after, she ordered miners to dig in a particular spot and when they hit rock, she recognized it as salt. They broke the rock apart and her engagement ring appeared, meaning her dowry had miraculously been brought to Poland.

      Today, about 1% of the mine can be visited - a tour of no less than 3 hours. Apart from learning about the history and methods of salt mining throughout the centuries, we marveled at the spacious halls and chapels that had been dug underground. They were home to impressive salt sculptures the miners would carve after their long, sun-deprived shifts. Some of these halls were reminiscent of Tolkien's Khazad-Dum and the Dwarven city within Lonely Mountain. I wouldn't be surprised if they served as an inspiration...
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    You might also know this place by the following names:

    Wieliczka, فياليتشكا, Величка, וייליצקה, ヴィエリチカ, 비엘리치카, Velička, Вјеличка, 維利奇卡

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