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Salt mines, Highland castles and a Highland fortress to end all fortresses

Salt mines, Highland castles and a Highland fortress to end all fortresses

Wieliczka Castle

Practical information
Visiting The Salt Mine Castle Museum, Wieliczka, 8 Zamkowa Street (ul. Zamkowa 8)
tel.: 0048 12 2783266

http://www.muzeum.wieliczka.pl
podziemne@muzeum.wieliczka.pl

open
May - Aug.:
Tue. - Sun.: 9.00 AM - 8.00 PM;

Sept. - Apr.:
Tue. - Sat. 9.00 AM - 3.00 PM.

Getting there The castle is 16 km from Krakow: take Road No. 4, heading south-east. There are numerous paid parking zones near the castle and the salt-mine. Train and suburban bus services (Nos. 204, 244 and 304) also run from Krakow, as do minibus lines.

Tourist information
Tourist Information point: Dembowskiego Street (ul.Dembowskiego), at the Salt Mine car park
tel.: 0048 12 2882460

turystyka@ckit.wieliczka.pl

Accommodation, food and drink
The Royal Restaurant („Królewska"), 8 Zamkowa Street (ul. Zamkowa 8), in the Middle Ward (Zamek Środkowy),
tel.: 0048 12 2880343

http://www.restauracje-wieliczka.pl
jb@restauracje-wieliczka.pl
Wieliczka Castle is home to an astounding collectionof salt cellars, numbering approximately 400 in all! There are glasssalt cellars, wooden salt cellars, silver salt cellars and, fi rst and foremost,salt cellars of porcelain, some of them from the famous manufacturers inĆmielów, Miśnia and Korzec.The Royal Castle, dubbed Salt Mine, or Salt Works, Castle, towers overthe centre of the town. From as far back as the 13th century, the governorof the Wieliczka salt mines had his seat in the buildings of the stronghold.The salt mine was known as żupa and its governor, as żupnik (possiblyfrom the Latin, zupparius salis). The House Amidst the Salt Mines, datingfrom that period, currently houses a number of museum exhibitions;an archaeological exhibition is on show in the castle’s cellars, and thereis also an historical exhibition, as well as the exhibition of salt-cellarsmentioned earlier. Also on view is the unique Gothic Room, known asthe Castle Chamber, with its ribbed vaults supported by a single pillar.The extension of the castle, linking it to town’s fortifi cation system, tookplace in the mid-fourteenth century, thanks to Kazimierz the Great. Thecastle tower erected then, and preserved to this day, was one of thenineteen towers which lined the town’s defensive walls. The NorthernWard, which is not open to visitors, also dates from this period; however,the Middle Ward, which was not erected until the nineteenth century,now houses a restaurant.


The Krakow Salt Mines Museum (Muzeum Żup Krakowskich) has an underground exhibition in the chambers of the historical salt mine,which is inscribed on the UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage List;information and reservations:
tel.: 0048 12 2787302

open
Apr. – Oct.:daily, 7.30 AM – 7.30 PM;
Nov. – Mar.: 08.00 AM – 5.00 PM.

This part of the museum is best approached by the tourist route leadingthrough the underground chambers and the glorious St. Kinga’s Chapel;Tourist Route: information and reservations:
tel.: 0048 12 2787302

http://www.kopalnia.pl
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