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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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  • Day2


    June 28, 2019 in Poland ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Meie märksõnad, mis suutsime tuuri ajal kirja panna:

    Umbes 60m sügav aga kuni 350m, meie külastasime kuni 110m sügavuseni.
    Puit valge - et kergemini seinu näha ja tuleohutust tagada, värvitakse seal puit valgeks.
    Hästi makstud töötajad
    Metaani plahvatajad käisid tõrvikuga ohutust tagamas, et plahvatused ette ära tekitada kontrollitult
    400 kaevurit praegu - Hetkeseisuga töötab seal nii palju kaevureid, kaevandus ise enam ei tööta aga seda on vaja endiselt hallata ja nemad töötavad seal puhtalt sellepärast.
    500 giidi - Hetkel seal töötavate giidide arv. Miks neid seal nii palju töötab on seepärast, et seal käiva rahvamassi arv on meeletu. Näiteks see aasta mais oli ühe päeva külastajate arv 10 000.
    80 hobust kes kunagi üleval ei käi - Kui kunagi hobused kaevanduses kasutusele võeti siis need hobused kasvatati juba sünnist saati maa all. Nad ei käinud kunagi maapeal. Keegi ei teadnud, kas nad olid pimedad või mitte. Maa alla oli neile ehitatud lausa suured tallid.
    2000 aastal viimane - Viimane kaevanduses töötav hobune suri sellel aastal. Ta elas 15aastat oma elust maa all ja 15aastat maa peal.
    Soola stalaktiidid kasvavad 1cm kuus
    Kaevurid on üüratult religuoossed ohtliku töö pärast ja on kaevandusse kokku 36 kiriku kambrit/tuba ehitanud
    Enamvähem kõik piltidel on soolast, k.a. lühtrid ja kujud.
    Vanasti oli sool kallim kui kuld ja kasutati isegi rahana, sellest tuleneb ka ingliskeelne sõna salary ehk palk.
    Kõige vingem ja suurem kiriku kamber oli pühendatud kuningannale. Seda ehitas 3 inimest 67 aastat.
    Kokku on kaevanduses 2000 kambrit ja umbes 300km käike.
    Mõned ruumid on hästi korda tehtud ja neis peetakse üritusi. Hetkel seadistati näiteks pulmadeks üht ruumi, aga seal on isegi kontsertid toimunud.
    Kõige kõrgem ruum on 90m, kus on ilutulestik olnud.
    Vanasti on alati ühes tunnelis, kus oli vesi, saanud paadiga sõita, aga 95 aastal uppus 7 inimest paadi all, sest paat läks ümber, inimesed jäid alla ja paat oli liiga raske ja keegi ei suutnud sukelduda üli soolases vees paadi alt välja. Vesi on nii soolane seal, et sool enam ei lahustu - üleküllastunud.
    Kõik seinad, laed ja põrandad on soola kristallidest - tundub must, aga taskulambiga näeb põranda sisse näiteks.

    Kambris kõrgusega 36m, tehti maailmarekord kuumaõhupalli lendamisega ja seal on ka Benji hüpet tehtud alles hiljuti.
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  • Day14

    Kopalnia Salt mine, Wieliczka

    July 7, 2019 in Poland ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Amazing tour of the saltmine. We went to 135 metres underground and there was still another few levels below that to 300 metres!!!
    Their salt is a natural grey colour due to "healthy other minerals and substances".
    There were truly amazing salt sculptures including the floor tiles, magnificent underground church, statues.
    Horses were kept underground when it was a working mine, complete with carved out stables.
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  • Day3

    Wieliczka Salt Mine

    March 8, 2019 in Poland ⋅ 🌬 12 °C

    Interesting afternoon tour of the Wieliczka Salt Mine. Saw some incredible statues, artwork and a whole chapel made entirely of salt. Off to Hard Rock Cafe for some dinner before an early night!

  • Day56

    Wyjscie Salt Mine.

    September 25, 2018 in Poland ⋅ ⛅ 8 °C

    They have been mining salt here since the 12th century and it is enormous.
    The source of one third of mediaeval Poland's total revenue it still produces 8,000 kilos a year but that's just to sell to the tourists.
    Only 2 of the 20kms of tunnels are a open to tourists. That’s the 2 million that visit each year.
    To get to the first level at 64 metres you walk down 380 stairs. There are 800 by the time it’s all over.
    Absolutely amazing. Chapels, reception rooms, stairs and stairs. One room is over 35 metres high, they used to do bungie jumping a few years ago.
    In the middle ages there were 60 horses stabled underground and hundreds of workers.
    Condition have improved since the. Now there are just 400 guides.
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  • Day249

    Day 250: Wieliczka Salt Mines

    October 22, 2017 in Poland ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

    After a day off it was back to the world heritage sites! Today's stop was the royal salt mines at the town of Wieliczka, about 20 minutes south-east of Krakow. We left home around 9 under rainy skies, hoping to make today a half-day. After arriving, parking, sorting out Schnitzel in the car and so on, we just missed the 10am tour, so had to wait for the 10:30am tour in English.

    Surprising number of people around, lots of Poles but also other nationalities as well - I wouldn't have expected a salt mine to attract so many people!

    The tour itself was great; about 3 hours worth of wandering around the mines in semi-darkness. Lots of high-quality salt was mined here, and at one point in the 16th century the mine's output was around 30% of the Polish kingdom's GDP! It was founded in the 13th century and still in operation, though salt production these days was done by boiling salt water leaking into the mine, rather than actual mining per se.

    Lots of sculptures down here surprisingly, and an enormous cavern room that still gets used for concerts, church services, weddings and so on. Not sure I'd want to get married 100m underground in a mine, but apparently some people do!

    Back to the surface where we had a quick lunch in the attached cafe (sausages and Polish dumplings), then drove back to Krakow. It hadn't quite been a half-day as it was approaching 3pm when we got home, but close enough. More work in the afternoon and evening! I also ducked out to buy new jeans from H&M at a nearby shopping mall, and a hair cut since I was long overdue - my last one had been in Strasbourg, so mid-August!
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  • Day3

    Wielczka Salt Mine Tour

    October 13, 2018 in Poland ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    After spending 4 hours at the 2 concentration and death camps. We boarded our mini bus for a 1 hour 25 minute ride to the Unesco World Heritage site . This mine has been around since 1200 AD.
    We descended 840 steps to start our tour.
    We walked over 2 km and we only saw 1% of the mine. We got down to level 3 which is 135 meters deep.
    Throughout the mine are all these areas where the miners have done carvings. They were amazing. At one spot there is a huge cavern where they had a big underground chapel.
    The mine is still active but not as much as their main source of revenue is tourism as they get over 1. 2 million visitors a year.
    It was very interesting to see and learn about the mine as see the wonderful carvings.
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  • Day7

    Salt mine

    May 20, 2018 in Poland ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    We went to the Wieliczka salt mine, home to the world's largest underground cathedral. Salt miners carve amazing statues and reliefs from solid salt. Apparently this salt mine is so immense that it would take you something like 24 DAYS to walk through the whole thing!!Read more

  • 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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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