Wieliczka Graduation Tower

  Park Kingi 1, Wieliczka ,   No District          (+48) 12 278 73 02     18 Jan 2024
Located just downhill from the Daniłowicza Shaft, which serves as entrance to the Salt Mine's Tourist Route, you'll find Wieliczka's rather strange-looking graduation tower, or 'thorn house' as they're also known. A what-now, you ask? Primarily found in spa towns in Germany and Poland, a graduation tower is essentially wooden framing densely packed with brush and branches to create towering twig walls. Salt water (from the underground mine, in this case) is continually circulated to the top of the walls and slowly drips down; salt collects on the twigs and minerals from the water evaporated into the air, thus creating a therapeutic microclimate around, and particularly inside, the structure. With over 7500 square metres of briny blackthorn walls, this is the largest graduation tower in southern PL, and the unique design includes catwalks along the top of the walls, and a 22.5m observation tower.
The Graduation Tower in Wieliczka.

While it might not be of immediate concern to tourists, southern PL's smog is a huge problem for local residents, who flock to this facility to breathe in its health benefits. The natural brine mist around the structure essentially simulates seacoast breezes, and is a great way to get the health benefits of a trip to the coast without travelling 600km. Wieliczka Salt Mine offers those same health benefits, and - thanks to the graduation tower - you don't even have to go underground. Recommended for immune system support, respiratory health, allergies, dermatological diseases, gastrointestinal disorders and even migraines, the suggested time at the tower is 30mins (but you can stay as long as like).

Opening Hours

The Wieliczka Graduation Tower is closed during the coldest months of the year, generally from January until the end of March. Opening hours during the rest of the year are subject to change based on weather conditions. Up-to-date info about its opening hours on the day of your visit is available online at, and also all Wieliczka Salt Mine information and sales points.

Price / Additional Info

Admission 7zł, children under 4 free. There is no limit to how much time you can spend at the graduation tower. Take advantage of discounted prices with a package ticket for the Graduation Tower and the Wieliczka Salt Mine 'Tourist Route.'


Open 09:00-18:00.

Price/Additional Info

Entry fee 7zł, children under 4 free.


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Kind of a cool place, plenty of space, easy to get to from Krakow. Pretty much the only safe place to be outside on a smoggy winter day.
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