Spare time should bring you relaxation and joy, and spending it in the right way influences the functioning of you body and mind. Activity is the real fuel that propels your actions and restores a genuine taste for life. It gives you satisfaction and improves your mood. It helps you sleep better and gather strength for tasks ahead.
In spare time between treatments, the "Wieliczka" Salt Mine offers you many interesting ways of spending your free time. Numerous attractions await the visitors throughout the mine facilities both underground and on the surface, as well as beyond its limits - in the town of Wieliczka and the nearby city of Krakow.
Visiting the "Wieliczka" Salt Mine
The town of Wieliczka
The town of Wieliczka offers plenty of opportunities to spend your free time in a pleasant manner. You are welcome to visit the Culture and Tourism Centre. The city has a great swimming pool and an ice rink. You can work on your fitness playing tennis in one of the courts or exercising on the treadmill at the gym. You can also rent a bike and go for a tour along one of the scenic paths. Also the horse-riding lessons in Siercza and Niepołomice can be an interesting adventure.
In the vicinity
In the vicinity of Wieliczka, a number of attractions are found. The Health Resort offers you many interesting tours for your spare time. It is worthwhile taking a trip to Zakopane, to feel real Alpine-type atmosphere.The tour program includes a cable car ride to the Gubalowka hill and time for sightseeing and shopping in the Krupowki open-air market. Another interesting offer is a trip to Czestochowa, where you can visit the famous monastery with the miraculous image of Our Lady of Czestochowa and then the Museum of Matches. A trip to the Auschwitz concentration camp, in turn, will transport you to the days of World War II. This is a living monument of the Holocaust, which you should see at least once in your life.
Adventure-lovers will adore rafting down the Dunajec River on a wooden raft through the picturesque meanders of the limestone mountains in the Pieniny National Park. After this unforgettable ride, you can have lunch at the castle over the Czorsztyn Lake. Those thirsting for beauties of nature will certainly also appreciate a hike in the Ojcow National Park, and a visit of the beautiful Renaissance castle at Pieskowa Skala.
You must also visit the neighbouring city of Krakow, whose charming streets you can visit on foot or in a horse-drawn carriage, or see the town from aboard a boat on the Vistula River. The former Polish capital offers plenty to see - the Renaissance Royal Wawel Castle, the Main Square and its St. Mary's Basilica with a 15th c. wooden altar by Veit Stoss, the souvenirs at the Cloth Hall, the former Jewish quarter of Kazimierz, and places which you will recognise from Spielberg's Schindler's List. You will also need to see one of the oldest university buildings in Europe - the Jagiellonian University Collegium Maius erected in the 15th c., where Nicolaus Copernicus, studied, among others. A stroll along the trail of Polish kings in Old Krakow will allow you to experienced the real atmosphere of a medieval city, and beautifully decorated, old churches and monasteries will ensure moments of spiritual inspiration. Lovers of recent history and architecture will be delighted by the Nowa Huta quarter, a true embodiment of the communist vision of the world: an ideal working neighbourhood, with the monumental design executed in asphalt, concrete and steel.