The famous Wieliczka salt mines were visited by one million tourists. On November 24, 2011 the millionth visitor, who visited the famous landmark of Poland, became Malgorzata Kawinska. Kawinska was born in Poland and later immigrated to Holland and now she returned with her friend.
Administration of the Wieliczka salt mine museum decided to award the happy visitor with special gifts. The lucky woman was even able to walk on the red carpet. The millionth visitor received souvenirs, sculptures, and cosmetics. All gifts were made of salt. In addition, Malgorzata Kawinska was proposed to leave a sign in the guest book. From now on her signature stands in a row with a number of signatures of such famous people as Frederick Chopin and the King of Belgium.
Wieliczka is still one of the most famous attractions in Poland. This town located near Krakow receives thousands of tourists from all over the world. The population of Wieliczka this year in growing even faster than the last year as the millionth visitor was registered then a month later on December 30.
Among the representatives of foreign countries, who are actively visiting the salt mines, the first place is occupied by the British. This year Wieliczka salt mines were visited by nearly 49 thousand visitors from the Albion. They are followed by the Germans (35 thousand tourists). Among the active visitors are also French, Italians and Koreans.
Wieliczka was included into the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1978. Wieliczka salt mines were founded in the 13th century and for centuries remained the main region of salt production in Europe. The length of the Wieliczka corridors is tens of kilometers. Currently tourists can visit only a part of the mines with the total length of 3.5 kilometers. On the territory of the salt museum is located a chapel and a spa complex.