A salt mine

I find myself in the same situation as I was at the time I started to write about my travel experiences. Again, I could not find too much information about the place we wanted to visit on the internet. Or… I must correct myself, I found something, but of course it was wrong… from two points of view: the opening hours of the place we wanted to visit were wrong (due to which we actually changed the day of visit) and the entry price was wrong. What was this place? It was the Salt Mine of Turda (a nearby town), which can be visited by tourists. The mine has undergone recently an extensive renovation process making it more accessible for visitors of all ages, so we said we have to visit, to see how it looks like.
Salina Turda
Yesterday at around 13:00 we had the idea of doing this short trip. On the internet I have found a timetable saying, that the mine is open from 9:00 to 13:30, so we postponed the trip to today. We started off at 10:00 to get there on time. One little thing: look for small indicators saying “Salina Turda” they forgot to mark it on the big indicators (good thing they didn’t put out an A4 and hand-written the directions on it 😉 ). Anyway we arrived there safely and relatively easily (the short road connecting the main road to the mine which is full of holes can be ignored).

We got to the ticket-office, where to my surprise I saw indications in three languages (wow): Romanian, English and Hungarian (a lot of Hungarian tourists by the way). On one of these indicators there was also a time-table: the mine is open between 9:00 and 15:00 (so much for the accurateness of what I have found on the net). Anyway we payed the entry price of 15RON (€3.65), contrary to the internet price of 10RON and we went in. The whole visit started with a quite long walk through an entirely lit tunnel until we arrived to the actual entrance to the mine. From here a larger corridor lead us to separate chambers. Nothing spectacular there. There was however, a small, wooden staircase leading downstairs: now don’t miss that, that IS the actual entrance into one of the modernized chambers (photo below).
Salina Turda
The chamber itself is huge: it even has it’s own lake on which people can go row boating. There is a mini-football field a small theater even a ferry’s wheel (which was stopped at the time of our visit). The view of the walls was breathtaking. The sheer size of them and the stalactite-like formations of salt give the place a unique feeling. Even the bottom is filled with salty-sand which is sparkling in the internal lighting of the place. Amongst all this salt, we met a few tourists, who have not been able to see the salt: “Where f…k is the salt? All I can see is big gray walls”.

It is really hard to write about it. One most go see. It has a little bit of ‘Sci-fi’ feeling: at first glance I thought I was in a secret underground facility where spacecrafts are built 🙂 . The whole trip lasted between 90 and 120 minutes (at the entrance it says it takes 1:30h).

Here are some photos I took.

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