Unirea Salt Mine
Unirea Salt Mine
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9:00 AM - 3:45 PM
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9:00 AM - 3:45 PM
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Saturday
9:00 AM - 3:45 PM
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9:00 AM - 3:45 PM
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SerujuC
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Solo
Booking the previous day evening but lucky to get one spot, and fast response from organization to agree on pickup location. Then, smooth organization, really helpful explanations, and allowing some flexibility during the tour to accomodate all customers requests the best they can. On the way back, possible to change drop off... even at airport to take flight at 6pm!!!! Anyway, great thing to do whatever the weather!! Cheers
Written October 4, 2022
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sussex-chris-london
33 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
Awe inspiring place to visit and really interesting. Its just spectacular as you walk in. I think there are some more things they could do with the place, and I would say a safety brief on the mini-bus drive in would be useful. The (seemingly) single entry/exit route could be a concern. But otherwise, really worth visiting.
Written January 10, 2024
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373RESQ
Sydney, Australia243 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Couples
Initially I was underwhelmed at the dirty presentation Of the salt mine on the surface with rubbish strewn everywhere and a total lack of basic facilities.

There is a six stall portacabin with the dirtiest toilets I have seen outside Africa.

I felt extremely sorry for the girls as there was nowhere to stand that was not covered in water or urine.

Then to stand in line for two hours in the sun (oh sorry under a cover) and wait for the flint stone mobile (dirty mini bus) to turn up and be shoved in like sheep and then driven by an unsafe driver who talked on his mobile phone and nearly had an accident.

Roadway underground is terrible and you are subject to a windy 20min ride bumping over the worst roads I have experienced in a third world country

This is not worth wasting a day of your life at all

Written August 8, 2019
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Vlad C
Bucharest, Romania85 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Friends
I visited the mine with some friends on a Sunday, we arriaved around 1pm and the queue was around 300 400 people long. We waited more than 2 hours to get in but once we arrieved in the mine... It was very impressive! It is huge, the ceiling is almost 100 meters high. If you arm yourself with patience and some sandwiches you will have a great experience.
Written August 4, 2019
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Ramutza
Bucharest, Romania604 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Couples
If you have never been in a salt mine maybe you'll be amazed. But if you have seen better maintained ones, like Turda Salt Mine you'll probably be disappointed. The place itself is interesting and has a lot of potential, but no investments have been made in a long time and it seems poorly maintained. Too bad that something with such touristic potential is overlooked by authorities. The mine itself is not that impressive - just one tall salt room after another, no variation, no difference of level. The worst thing is that you go down by a shabby buss on a questionable 20 min road each way...it looked slippery (a bus actually lost control and flipped in April 2018). The elevator fell some years ago and was never repaired. Because of the constant buses there was a gas smell in the mine, which kinda ruined the whole "breath fresh salt air" experience. The facilities are scarce, there is a small lake, but it's not highlighted in any way. And there are some horrible Christmas lights on the ceiling, totally out of the general feeling of the mine. The nicest spot is the bridge with the small waterfall, good for taking pics. Price not that small for what it offers (22 RON per adult). There are bathrooms inside and the possibility to buy some snacks. Another nice spot is the one with the Dacic art. Would not say it's a must, more of a place to go if you really don't have any other ideas near Bucharest and really want to do something. I understand it's crowded in high season, in October, morning, it was OK,, no queuing at all.
Written October 30, 2018
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Nick H
Woking, UK55 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Friends
This place is amazing. Visited with friends in June and its simply wow. When you have purchased your entrance tickets you board a mini bus. The start of the journey sees you enter a very small aperture in the side of the mountain where you proceed into a small tunnel. The buses are a bit rickety and the road is steep down into the mine. After about ten minutes you arrive in a small cave where you then enter into the cavernous space that was once the mine. The one thing it reminded me of is the scene in LOTR where the Orcs are attacking the fellowship in the abandoned Dwarf mine, yes its just like that.

It is cold and but the layers in the rock and the sheer size are just overwhelming. It is amazing to think that was created during a time with limited technology and that most of the achievement would have been sheer brute force, incredibly humbling.

The route is circular in that you end up where you started. Not sure on the health claims but anyway it doesn't matter.

If you are in this region then please do visit, it is a must.
Written August 16, 2018
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GeekTourist
Luxembourg58 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Family
The place itself is impressing - if you never saw a salt mine before.
The problems are, unfortunately, many.
You have to pay (about 2 €) for the dusty (or muddy, depending on the weather) parking. Long dusty (or muddy) walk to the "entrance" and there you might end up in a long line in the sun.
The big surprise is that instead of the elevator that used to take you in the mine in 90 seconds you will be shaken and gassed for 10 minutes inside some old unhealthy minivan. I pity the drivers. It is unacceptable that they were not able to fix or replace the elevator in so many years. I suppose the management is only interested in a quick buck. Probably the most lucrative part of the business is the parking.
Once you get in the mine, it is, as I mentioned, impressive. Big, cold (12 degrees Celsius all year round) and, if you move far enough from the improvised entrance, exhaust gas free.
The artwork is not well lit, the few installations are old and ugly, and the personnel unpleasant and ineficient.
Walls are covered in "signatures" and there is extremely little information about salt mining, history, or anything you can learn from the visit.
It looks as if nobody cares even to preserve the place, and even less to improve it the slightest bit.
As a reminder, this has been a touristic attraction for the last 45 years. It could have been fantastic by now.
To end your day, you go back to the horrible, improvised exit. You have no idea how many layers of doors await you or how much time you will spend crowding. You are almost happy to be back in the engine exhaust gas rich embarkment area and you wish you could stop breathing for the next 10 minutes.
Fortunately the way up seems shorter and less bumpier (or maybe we had a better minivan).
If you can, avoid this one and visit the Turda salt mine instead.
Written August 26, 2017
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mariusziz
Bucharest, Romania75 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2017 • Solo
This is the biggest salt mine in Roumania, some studies claim that here is the purest air on planet.

Visit fees are 20 lei (4.5 eur) /adult and 6 lei (1.5 eur) photo tax.

Transport is via mini bus (a bit old and used) into the mine, the old elevator is not used anymore.

The journey through mine galleries is interesting, with bumps and turns but it s a nice experience (not so if you are claustrophobic) - in about 15-20 minutes you reach the mine entrance at ~200 ish meters below ground level.
At the beging of journey there is some salt dust and a funny smell but after first kilometer that is not a problem anymore.

In interior the mine is absolutley HUGE.

There are some salt statues, also there are exposed some mining tools (used from the begining of mining till now).

There are several toilets, two shops (one for beverges and snaks, and one for salt and souvenirs), one children playground (rental toy cars, and other toys, some pool table and ping pong. There is also a resting place with beds and sofas.

Some tables and chairs are present for resting and eating.

Staff is verry friendly, i meet verry nice people here.

This is also a clean place.

Written January 21, 2017
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Alex S
Bucharest, Romania119 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Family
This is one of the must see places in Romania. Great and unique attraction. They say it's also good for the health. The only drag is to ride old buss to and from the silt mine. For some reason elevators don't work anymore. Few years ago they were working.
Written September 2, 2016
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Calulag6
Bucharest, Romania161 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2015 • Family
The actual Slanic Salt mine is an excellent place for any patient with chronic respiratory problems like asthma, COPD and many others... The constant ambient temperature around 12 C and virtually no air currents provide excellent conditions for pulmonary rehabilitation. Slanic is a colorful village in the sub-Carpathian hills. Landscape is impressive during the whole year - the green rock, the blue salty lakes, the beautiful slopes with poplar trees and rare pine trees, the thorny Hippophae rhamnoides bushes that turn orange in autumn [huge amounts of C vitamin in the fruits of hippophae!] are a real delight for anybody. Also amazing is the mixture of traditional old farmhouses with their archaic rural flavor and the new villas of inner-city people that evade during weekend to Slanic. Worth a whole weekend of salt mine or a mini-vacation in summer to enjoy trekking and sunbath of "floating" in salt-saturated lakes.
Written January 27, 2015
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