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Zamek Żupny Wieliczka

Salt Mine Castle in Wieliczka

Salt Mine Castle in Wieliczka
Open:
Tuesday 09:00 - 20:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 20:00
Thursday 09:00 - 20:00
Friday 09:00 - 20:00
Saturday 09:00 - 20:00
Sunday 09:00 - 20:00
Notes regarding availability: X - IV: 8.30 – 15.30
Zamkowa 8, 32-020 Wieliczka Tourist region: Pogórza
Tourist subregion: Krakowski
Notes: MPR zapewnia: 1. Bezpieczne i nieodpłatne przechowanie rowerów wraz z bagażem w trakcie pobytu 2. Nieodpłatne udostępnianie narzędzi do podstawowych napraw rowerów 3. Aktualną informację o pobliskich punktach serwisowych i sklepach rowerowych
Facilities at cultural sites: Photographing allowed
Type of historical sites: Castles, manor houses and palaces
The castle was built in the 13th century in the north-western part of the chartered city and from that time until 1945 it was the seat of the authorities managing the Wieliczka and Bochnia salt mines as well as the salt warehouse.
The castle complex is an excellent example of medieval architecture from modern times, related to the development of salt mining in Europe. In the years 1976-1996, the castle was restored for the purposes of the museum. Noteworthy is the great hall, completely in the Gothic style, with the rib vault supported by one pillar, as well as an archaeological exhibition, an exhibition about the history of the city with an interesting mock-up and a collection of salt-cellars. In the courtyard, there is the oldest shaft from the 13th century as well as the tower and curtain walls from the 14th century – the only fragments of the medieval fortification of the city. In the castle courtyard, the walls of the first “mass caterer” in Poland have been reconstructed, where the mine administration, miners and merchants buying salt were given free meals.
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