History of Wieliczka Salt Mine

The water in the Wieliczka region had always been salty, and salt used to be extracted from it for use in varied chores. Legend has that salt mining started here in 1290 and there is an interesting story behind this start.

The Hungarian princess Kinga was about to be married to the King of Krakow. As a gift for her beau, she asked for a salt mine, since salt was scarce in Poland. Her father provided a salt mine. She threw her ring in one of her father's salt mines before leaving for Poland. On arriving there, she asked the people to dig a deep pit. On digging, the people found salt and wrapped around a salt crystal was the princess's ring.

Princess Kinga has thus found a place in history as the guardian angel of miners in and around Krakow.