They call it ‘the coolest place underground’ and according to Business Insider, the Turda salt mine (or Salina Turda) is #22 on the list of most unbelievable travel destinations in the world. For me this was enough to take a look at this spectacular man made miracle.
EXPLORING THE TURDA SALT MINE
The salt mine is located slightly outside of Turda, the second largest city in the Cluj-district in Romania. It has been visited by over 2 million tourists, mostly Romanians, for health reasons and historical value. Coming in to the highly touristic but spectacular salt mine makes you realize how small you really are. The place is absolutely huge, starting with a never ending tunnel that leads you to various rooms where you will learn about extracting salt.
In the echo room, you can pay around with sounds. It’s fun to see that even adults can get enough of it! Many people can’t resist tasting a bit of the salt by licking the walls or ceilings.
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And if that isn’t fun enough for you, engage in some activities such as rowing or bowling. Breathing the air in the mine is supposed to be healthy and by working out you get the most out of your visit. Don’t worry though, even when you just want to relax there are plenty ways to do so. Watch a movie or chill out in one of the salt rooms and you’ll be good as new.
There is something for the eye as well. The Turda salt mine is decorated with a gorgeous lighting system, accentuating the incredibly high ceilings. The elevator shafts seem to be taken straight out of Snow white and the seven dwarfs, and is actually useable when you don’t enjoy stumbling around on the steep chairs.
Taking your camera with you is one of the best things to do in Turda. Pictures almost take themselves! Find a good spot to practise photographing all the twinkly lights.
How to get to Turda
The Turda salt mine (Salina Turda in Romanian) is located in the town of Turda, close to Cluj-Napoca. There are buses going, but I’d suggest a car as is it the easiest way to get there. When I was there – on my amazing Romanian road trip in autumn – there was plenty of space to park your car. However, I can imagine the place can get a bit crowded on weekends and during the holiday season.
Cluj-Napoca is one of the best cities to visit in Romania, and combined with a day trip to Turda you’ll get to see a different side of Transylvania. See more about Cluj here.