Bochnia Salt Mine close to Krakow


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Bochnia is a small city situated 40 km south-east from Krakow. It is known for Salt Mine which was opened in 1248, even earlier than in Wieliczka. In 1253 it received the town rights.

Bochnia Salt Mine, after 8 centuries of mining, resembles today an underground city with fantastic chambers, sculptures and former mining devices. Most beautiful part of the mine has been opened for tourists. Through the shaft called Sutoris you can go 290 meters down the mine, where a 2,5 km route leads to a former underground stable and treadmill room with wooden supporting construction. The large St Kinga’s Chapel, drilled in 1747 has two 19th century altars as well as a pulpit and four sculptures carved in salt. The largest preserved Wazyn Chamber, drilled from the 17th century, was adapted for a sanatorium chamber, where patients with respiratory problem, asthma and allergy come for inhalations. If you are interested in visiting Bochnia Salt Mine, please contact us.

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