Social Events

Gala Dinner at Wieliczka Salt Mine
3rd September, 18:00 (6 pm.)


We cordially invite you to take part in the gala dinner in the salt mine, preceded by a short guided tour.

Going down the 380 steps into the salt mine you may have the impression of entering a magical underground city, full of mysterious caves, amazing underground lakes, majestic designs and unique salt carvings. The tourist route in the Salt Mine, included on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1978, is almost 3 km long and consist of winding corridors, 800 steps and a descend to a depth of 135 metres underground. It begins at the Daniłowicz Shaft, where the visitors meet their guide who, while showing them around, will tell them about the history and secrets of the mine, forces of nature that rule the mine, and the ethos of hard work of many generations of miners. Going down deeper and deeper, the visitors will see unusual places, take pleasure in watching the light spectacle on the banks of one of the saline lakes, and learn the famous legend of Princess Kinga, who brought a wealth of salt into the Polish soil. In the middle of the route there is St. Kinga's Chapel, a wonderful chapel dedicated to the patron saint of salt miners, decorated with extraordinary salt artworks. Wieliczka Salt Mine is visited by over one million tourists each year.

Programme:

  • 18.00 (6 pm.) - bus departure from Auditorium Maximum (congress venue) to the Wieliczka Salt Mine
  • 19.00 (7 pm.) - start of the short walking tour with a guide
  • 20.00 (8 pm.) till 23.00 (11 pm.) - the gala dinner at the "Warsaw" Chamber

Important Reminders:

  • Visitors enter the mine then descend to a level of 64 metres underground and return (after dinner) to the surface in a lift from a level of 135 metres underground.
  • There are approx. 800 steps on the route, 380 of them at the very beginning.
  • The temperature in the mine during a visit, though constant, is a low 16-18oC and in the chamber where the dinner will be served is 18-20oC.
  • It’s strongly recommended to choose a comfortable footwear and to bring a jacket. After the visit of the mine the cloak room is available at guests’ disposal during dinner.
  • Smoking is not allowed in the venue.
  • This dinner event is not advisable for persons suffering from claustrophobia.
  • Accessibility – The most marvelous section of the tour is adapted for persons using standard wheelchairs measuring 59 centimeters in width who enter the mine in an elevator. Any participants in wheelchairs or with mobility problems should contact us.