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For 700 years, miners worked and worshipped in this salt mine complex, extracting the valuable mineral that drove the development and wealth of Poland.
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Royal Salt Mines in Wieliczka and Bochnia, Poland

Kraków, Poland
The Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines transport you to a mysterious world of salt beneath the earth's surface. The mines were worked continuously from the 13th century until the late 20th century, constituting one of the earliest and most important European industrial operations. There are hundreds of kilometres of galleries with underground chapels, works of art and statues carved in salt, making for a fascinating journey into the past.