"Twenty-One Balloons" -- Chapter 5 - Polish Salt Mines - Wieliczka Salt Mine and Museum, Poland. World Heritage.   - Explore the World with Travel Nerd Nici, one Country at a Time. http://TravelNerdNici.com

"Twenty-One Balloons" -- Chapter 5 - Polish Salt Mines - Wieliczka Salt Mine and Museum, Poland. World Heritage. - Explore the World with Travel Nerd Nici, one Country at a Time. http://TravelNerdNici.com

Poland’s largest tourist attraction, sits 100 meters below the ground. And it’s huge. Beyond the tourist route, its actual depth is 327 meters and is almost 300 kms long. Work began in the salt mine in the 13th century, and it provided table salt up until just 6 years ago.  ~ Click the photo to find out how to visit and photograph the underground Wieliczka Salt Mine in Poland!

Poland’s largest tourist attraction, sits 100 meters below the ground. And it’s huge. Beyond the tourist route, its actual depth is 327 meters and is almost 300 kms long. Work began in the salt mine in the 13th century, and it provided table salt up until just 6 years ago. ~ Click the photo to find out how to visit and photograph the underground Wieliczka Salt Mine in Poland!

The Wieliczka Salt Mine in Krakow, Poland, has been mined continuously since the Middle Ages and miners have carved elaborate underground rooms and intricate sculptures within the Miocene salt. There is a gigantic subterannean cathedral carved entirely from salt including the floor, walls and decorations, with even the glowing chandeliers being made from salt crystals.

The Wieliczka Salt Mine in Krakow, Poland, has been mined continuously since the Middle Ages and miners have carved elaborate underground rooms and intricate sculptures within the Miocene salt. There is a gigantic subterannean cathedral carved entirely from salt including the floor, walls and decorations, with even the glowing chandeliers being made from salt crystals.

The Wieliczka Salt Mines date from the 13th century and were mined up until the 20th. The salt mine is a popular day trip from Krakow. Not only do visitors to the mine learn about the history and significance of this mine, they also view unique sculptures made from salt, some originally fashioned by the miners who worked here.

The Wieliczka Salt Mines date from the 13th century and were mined up until the 20th. The salt mine is a popular day trip from Krakow. Not only do visitors to the mine learn about the history and significance of this mine, they also view unique sculptures made from salt, some originally fashioned by the miners who worked here.

The Dead Sea, Israel which is only 45 minutes from Jerusalem. There are salt mines there for their abundance of salt.

The Dead Sea, Israel which is only 45 minutes from Jerusalem. There are salt mines there for their abundance of salt.

Hallstatt, Austria is one of the most enchanting fairytale places in Europe. Aside from being the most beautiful place in Austria, Hallstatt is more than 7,000 years old. It's a UNESCO world heritage site and home to the world's oldest salt mine and a bone house! Here's a guide to Hallstatt.

Hallstatt, Austria is one of the most enchanting fairytale places in Europe. Aside from being the most beautiful place in Austria, Hallstatt is more than 7,000 years old. It's a UNESCO world heritage site and home to the world's oldest salt mine and a bone house! Here's a guide to Hallstatt.

HALLSTATT, AUSTRIA  Sometimes called "the pearl of Austria," this picturesque village is essentially car-free and surrounded by salt mines, which make for fascinating tours.

HALLSTATT, AUSTRIA Sometimes called "the pearl of Austria," this picturesque village is essentially car-free and surrounded by salt mines, which make for fascinating tours.

Salt and pepper gray hair. Grey hair. Silver hair. White hair. Granny hair don't care. No dye. Dye free. Natural highlights. Aging and going gray gracefully.

Salt and pepper gray hair. Grey hair. Silver hair. White hair. Granny hair don't care. No dye. Dye free. Natural highlights. Aging and going gray gracefully.

American soldiers discover Monet's “In the Conservatory” that was hidden (amongst other Nazi loot) in the salt mines of Merker, Germany. 1945.

American soldiers discover Monet's “In the Conservatory” that was hidden (amongst other Nazi loot) in the salt mines of Merker, Germany. 1945.

This lake is near the Kenyan border and has a high evaporation rate and high alkalinity. This effects the alkali salt crust on the surface which is normally red or pink from the salt feeding organisms that live there.

This lake is near the Kenyan border and has a high evaporation rate and high alkalinity. This effects the alkali salt crust on the surface which is normally red or pink from the salt feeding organisms that live there.

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