travelgrove Reviews
 

At the Salt Mine in Praid, Romania

 
    Praid's mapPraid 1
Praid 2
Praid 3
szbogi's pictureby szbogi review
added on 21st of August, 2007

At about 4:30 PM we arrived to Praid, a village (or little city, I'm not sure) which is very famous because of its Salt Mine which is a touristic attraction but it's used for medical purposes too.

It's not new that we didn't find any signs pointing to the mine. So we stopped in a dusty little street where we saw lots of people (we thought that there must be something if everyone was there:)). After walking a bit we observed that there was a bath with salt water and on the other side of the street there were many little shops where you could buy salt for cooking, salt crystals and other things. Finally we asked a woman where is the mine. She said that the place where we can buy tickets and from where the bus which goes down to the mine departs is at the corner. When we arrived a bus had just stopped and we were hurried by the driver to buy the tickets and step up on te bus because he stopped only for a couple of minutes and this is the last tour he makes. So in two minutes we were on the bus driving into the mine.

Before we started this trip Zoli was joking with the bus driver if there is air condition on the bus... There wasn't but we didn't need it at all. The bus entered a tunnel which was as wide as the bus, there were no lights so we couldn't see many things. After about 5 minutes something strange (it was strange for us, for the others not) happened: everyone started to put on clothes, warm clothes... some children even had caps and jackets, like it was winter:) we thought that some parents are too careful and we said it's funny... after a 15 minutes ride we arrived to a gate. Everybody went through it, so we followed them. The way continued, we had to go down on many stairs to arrive to the mine.

How do you imagine a mine? Small, dark, maybe a little wet and that you must bend down to go through it? Yes, we imagined it so, too, so we were stunned when we glimpsed for the first time that huge gallery into which we arrived. It was 14 meters high, 20 meters wide and a few hundreds of meters long. It lies 120 meters underground so the temperature is between 14-16 grades Celsius all the time.

After half an hour we were freezing:P But we were lucky because we could buy hot chocolate. It was so funny: outside were 40 grades Celsius and down here we were drinking hot chocolate...

There were many things to do while staying in the mine. There were benches and tables if you wanted to stay down and eat a sandwich, there were also toys for children, swings, tables for table-tennis, there was also a cafe, and I think some kind of restaurant and also an internet cafe.

In the other gallery there was a church and an other room where we could see a photo exhibition about Transilvania. There were also beauty-parlors and treatment rooms.

Everything was so amazing! You could stay down there all day long without getting bored. It was a pity that we arrived in a hurry and nobody told us that it's cold inside. After nearly two hours we went up. It was so bad feeling the warm and dusty air after the cold of the mine... Luckily the car was not too far and we had air condition in it:P So after some minutes we were on our way to Sovata the last station of our journey.
 

Things about Praid you may be interested in

Be the first who requests a site listing for this page.
 
 
Tour in Transilvania, Romania - overview

1. Jul 15, 2007 Initial experiences in Oradea (Oradea)
2. Jul 15, 2007 The legend of the castle of Deva (Deva)  (* 6)
3. Jul 15, 2007 The Medieval Castle of Hunedoara (Hunedoara)  (* 11)
4. Jul 15, 2007 Visiting Sibiu in the summer (Sibiu)  (* 7)
5. Jul 16, 2007 In the Fagaras Mountains, Romania (Fagaras)  (* 33)
6. Jul 16, 2007 Short trip to the Vidraru Lake, Romania (Curtea de Arges)  (* 14)
7. Jul 17, 2007 At the Bran Castle, Dracula's legendary home (Bran)  (* 21)
8. Jul 17, 2007 Visiting the Peles Castle near Sinaia (Sinaia)  (* 11)
9. Jul 17, 2007 Brasov, one of Romania's greatest cities (Brasov)  (* 11)
10. Jul 18, 2007 The baths of Tusnad and the St. Anna Lake (Tusnad)  (* 3)
11. Jul 19, 2007 Amazing canyon in Romania (Bicaz)  (* 5)
12. Jul 19, 2007 Excursion at the Bicaz Canyon (Cheile Bicazului) (Bicaz)  (* 8)
13. Jul 19, 2007 At the Red Lake of Romania (Lacu Rosu)  (* 7)
14. Jul 19, 2007 At the Salt Mine in Praid (Praid)  (* 12)
15. Jul 20, 2007 Last station: Sovata and the Bear Lake (Sovata)  (* 4)

Start from beginning1 - 15          Journal overview


 
 
 
guides

Recommended Brasov Guide

Brasov Sights

Bran CastleTourists visiting Brasov sights should not miss the local zoo, a tour with the cable car on Tampa, a ride with the double deck bus and more. Spending your vacation in Brasov can be fun and relaxing in the same time. There are countless parks here with different themes and locations; one of the most original is the Adventure Park, a place where one can enjoy different outdoor activities choosing one of the eight tracks with progressive difficulty degrees. The rest of the parks like the Roses Park, Tampa Park, Ina Schaeffler Park, usually have special areas for children with slides and different games, beautiful alleys shaded by trees and... Read more »

 
 
reviews

Recent reviews for Praid

Carnival of Flowers in Oradea - Jun 30, 2009, by angel
The Carnival of Flowers is an event which is organized in every year on the 20th of August in Debrecen, Hungary. This day is the national holiday in Hungary, which means that in every bigger city different events are organized. In Debrecen... Read more »

What to see in the Parliament Palace of Bucharest - Apr 30, 2009, by cipristb
The Parliament Palace is also know as Casa Poporului (House of the People). It is a colossal edifice with a length of 270 m, width of 240 m, height of 86 m and 92 m below ground. In total there are 20 levels of which 8 are below ground.... Read more »

Trasportation in Oradea - Apr 28, 2009, by erato
Oradea is a very nice town with many beautiful sights, however the local transportation is not the best. There are some newly bought Siemens trams but their lines do not cover the whole city. On the other hand taxis are affordable, they... Read more »

At the Bran Castle, Dracula's legendary home - Aug 1, 2007, by szbogi
The plan for that day was: Bran Castle, Peles Castle and Brasov. So our first stop at about 11 o'clock was at Bran village. After entering the village we were very happy because we glimpsed the castle from far so we drove that way. But to... Read more »

Best club in Bucharest - Mar 27, 2010, by Anonymous
Bachelor parties offer men about to be married their last chance to have a little fun before it is time to get married and become devoted to only one person. Traditionally, a new wife isn't going to let her husband head out to the... Read more »

 
 

More reviews you might be interested in

Neusiedl Am See reviews - Austria
This Neusiedler See lake is both on the territory of Hungary (here it is called FertÅ‘ tó) and Austria. We visited it on the Austrian part....
A visit at Neusiedlersee/Ferto lake

Denia reviews - Spain
It's a normal Spanish city, that's lying close to the sea with soem nice hotels and inns, I wouls personally recommend inns, they are much more...
Visit the beach of Denia, Spain

 

Herakleion reviews - Greece
The big capital city, touristically overcrowded and offering mostly the typical tourist shops, selling all the rubish you know from other cities....
Heracleion was a great disappointment

Berbenno Di Valtellina reviews - Italy
Alta Valtellina, this beautiful skiing area of historical significance is located near the border with Switzerland in the northernmost point of...
The magical mountains of Alta Valtellina

 

Milan reviews - Italy
Night life in Milan is fascinating because it is constantly changing. Of course there are tried and true institutions that never go out of fashion,...
The best clubs and parties in Milan

Hunedoara reviews - Romania
In our way to Sibiu we remembered that Hunedoara is well-known because it has a castle built in the 13th century so we decided to stop in this city...
The Medieval Castle of Hunedoara

 

Fremont reviews - California
I had a trip Fremont, California so I looked up a Limo-Fremont Service. I saw http://www.elitelimousineinc.com/Fremont_limousines_company.htm and...
Limo Service for Fremont

Breckenridge reviews - Colorado
Breckenridge Ski Resort is a nation’s premier year-round destination that has a lot to offer for your next getaway. It is spread out on the...
A hundred things to do in Breckenridge, CO

 

Sankt Anton Am Arlberg reviews - Austria
There are few places in the world that can compare to the beauty and alpine splendor of Arlberg. This modern resort is where you can get some of...
Skiing in Austria? It's Arlberg

Winter Park reviews - Colorado
The large Winter Park Resort is the closest major destination resort and the closest ski area to Denver, about 67 miles northwest of the city....
Snow and ski in Winter Park Resort, CO

 
 
 
   Welcome to Travelgrove  register tell a friend bookmark it 
 
 
*