Tourist Information: Cracow, ul. Szpitalna 25, tel. +48 12 4320060
Main treatment areas: respiratory system diseases, particularly bronchial asthma, and rheumatic disorders.
Natural therapeutic features: therapeutic microclimate in a salt excavation site with salt particles in the air, in the salt mine at a depth of 200 m.
Location: Wieliczka lies on the border between Sandomierska Valley and Wielickie Upland, 15 km from Cracow. The town centre is in a hollow surrounded by hills. The development of the spa, famous for its historical salt mine, began in 1964, when the world’s first underground anti-allergy sanatorium was established in the mine’s chambers.
Treatment facilities: spa hospitals with 153 beds.
Attractions and cultural events: It is worth visiting the historical Salt Mine, which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After 700 years of exploitation, the mine forms an extensive subterranean town. Sights include wonderful salt lakes, unique chapels with salt sculptures, and mining machinery and equipment. Banquets, concerts and seminars are held in the mine’s underground rooms. In the town above ground, interesting sights include historical military stables with characteristic arcades similar to Cracow’s Cloth Hall, and the architecture of Wieliczka’s town centre.
Tourism and sports: indoor swimming pool, 3 tennis courts; numerous hiking and biking routes in the area. It is not far to Ojcow National Park, which has a lot of unusual rock formations and old trees. Wieliczka is also a good base for sightseeing in nearby Cracow.