Did you know that the world’s only underground theme park can be found in Romania?
This totally unique experience is spectacular and a must do activity when you’re in Romania – we can guarantee you won’t do anything quite like this anywhere else in the world!
Keep reading to find out everything you need to know about the Salina Turda Salt Mine.
What Is Salina Turda Salt Mine?
The Salina Turda Salt Mine is a salt mine located in Turda in Transylvania, Romania.
The salt mine dates back to prehistoric times and was in operation until the early 20th century when it was repurposed into an amusement park. The site is now a major tourist attraction and includes a range of attractions such as underground lakes, slides, Ferris wheels, mini golf courses and more.
What started as a salt mine is now one of the largest tourist attractions in the country and receives over 500,000 visitors per year and includes the extremely unique world’s only underground theme park.
The mine is 112 metres (367 ft) deep and 67 metres (220 ft) wide at the base, so it is absolutely huge and the salt content in the salt mines could fulfil the salt requirements of the entire planet for the next 60 years!
How old is the Salina Turda Salt Mine?
The Salina Turda Salt Mine has a long history, dating back to the Roman times when it was first used as a salt source. Since then, the mine has undergone several changes and expansions, with the most recent one being completed in 2016.
The first official mention of the salt mines dates back to 1271 when it was spoken about in a document issued by the Hungarian chancellery.
Where Is Salina Turda Salt Mine Located?
The Salina Turda Salt Mine is located in the city of Turda in the Northwest of Romania.
What Are the Hours of Operation for Salina Turda Salt Mine?
The Salina Turda Salt Mine is open every day from 9:00am to 5:00pm.
How Much Does It Cost to Visit Salina Turda Salt Mine?
For tourists visiting the cost of admission to the Salina Turda Salt Mine is 50Lei Monday – Friday for adults, 30Lei for seniors and 30Lei for children, pupils and students. At the weekends on Saturdays and Sundays it is 60Lei for adults.
You also have to pay extra for the activities that you can do in the mine.
Is There Accessible Parking Available When Visiting Salina Turda Salt Mine?
Yes, there is accessible parking available for visitors with disabilities.
What Is There to Do at Salina Turda Salt Mine?
The Salina Turda Salt Mine features several underground chambers, each with its own unique purpose.
The main chamber is used as a salt museum, while the other chambers are used for activities such as mini-golf, bowling, and even concerts in the amphitheatre. The salt mine is a great place for the whole family to visit as there is something to do for everyone.
There is even a halotherapy centre inside the mine. There are said to be many health benefits to being inside the salt mines and Salina Turda salt mine also acts as an important treatment destination. Salt therapy is said to help with respiratory diseases, detoxifying the body and reducing fatigue and stress.
There is also an underground lake which you can hire rowing boats on – can you say you have ever been on a rowing boat on an underground lake in a salt mine before? A very special and unique experience!
When is the Best Time of Year to Visit Salina Turda Salt Mine?
The Salina Turda Salt Mine is open year-round, but the best time to visit is during the summer months.
What Should I Bring When I Visit Salina Turda Salt Mine?
When visiting the Salina Turda Salt Mine, it is recommended to bring comfortable shoes and clothing, the temperature can be quite cold inside the mine so warm clothing is recommended.
You will want to bring a camera as I’m sure like us you will want to take lots of photos!
There is nowhere to buy food at the mines and eating inside the mines is forbidden so you may want to bring some water or something to drink.
Can I Take Pictures When Visiting Salina Turda Salt Mine?
Yes, you can take as many photos and videos as you like.
With its unique history and stunning underground attractions, Salina Turda Salt Mine offers an incredible experience that will stay with visitors long after their visit. Salina Turda Salt Mine is a must-visit attraction in Romania. It is a totally unique experience, some even class it as one of the wonders of the world!
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