Facts and Data
Unesco World heritage since: 1978
Size of heritage: 1,105 ha
- Buffer zone: 581 ha
The deposit of rock salt in Wieliczka and Bochnia has been mined since the 13th century. This major industrial undertaking has royal status and is the oldest of its type in Europe. The site is a serial property consisting of Wieliczka and Bochnia salt mines and Wieliczka Saltworks Castle. The Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines illustrate the historic stages of the development of mining techniques in Europe from the 13th to the 20th centuries: both mines have hundreds of kilometers of galleries with works of art, underground chapels and statues sculpted in the salt, making a fascinating pilgrimage into the past. The mines were administratively and technically run by Wieliczka Saltworks Castle, which dates from the medieval period and has been rebuilt several times in the course of its history.
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Hotels and places to stay
Turowka Hotel & Spa
Garden Park Hotel
Kinga Ośrodek Usług Hotelarskich
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Large airport - 14 mi (23 km) Nowy Targ Airport
Small airport - 36 mi (58 km) Bielsko-Bialo Kaniow Airfield
Small airport - 46 mi (75 km) Katowice International Airport
Medium airport - 55 mi (90 km) Gliwice Glider Airport
Small airport - 65 mi (105 km) Częstochowa-Rudniki
Small airport - 73 mi (118 km) Žilina Airport
Medium airport - 83 mi (134 km) Sliač Airport
Medium airport - 102 mi (164 km) Warsaw Chopin Airport
Large airport - 156 mi (252 km) Budapest Listz Ferenc Internationall Airport
Large airport - 179 mi (289 km) M. R. Štefánik Airport
Large airport - 180 mi (290 km) Vienna International Airport
Large airport - 204 mi (329 km)
Bigger and popular cities in the wider vicinity are these:
- Swiatniki Gorne
These are some smaller cities that might be interesting. They are all rather close.
- Kozmice Male
- Mala Wies
- Wegrzce Wielkie