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Salina Turda salt mine, a submerged wonderland of Romania

Staff Writer | July 20, 2018
Deep in the Transylvanian countryside lies an ancient salt mine dating back over two millennia.
Salina Turda amusement park
Romania   An unique underground amusement park
The salt mine, which dates as far back as the 17th century, was used for everything from a cheese storage center to a bomb shelter in WWII after excavations stopped in 1932.

In 1992, the mine was opened to the public and turned into a museum cum amusement park with bowling lanes, mini golf, a ferris wheel, spa and even an underground lake with boating facilities and there is a special playground complete with slides and turntable baskets.

Visitors to the theme park are transported 400-meters (1,300 feet) underground aboard the same elevator shafts that were used to bring excavated salt to the surface over a century ago.

The mine even has an 180-seat amphitheater that can be used for concerts and conferences!

At the Rudolph mine, visitors will be able to admire the natural salt stalactites that can get up to 12-feet long.

In the interior of the cone shaped Terezia mine that lies an astounding 112-meters (367-feet) underground, guests will find a bloom of stalactites along with a magical lake.

The one area that visitors have no access to is the underground gallery of the Gizela mine. Also known as the Crystal Hall, it has been declared a geological reserve because of the incredible salt crystals and stalactites that lie inside.