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20 Pictures That Prove Salina Turda Is the Coolest Underground Place on Earth

Picture of Georgeta Gheorghe
Updated: 13 March 2017
Have you ever imagined going to an underground place that will improve your health, and looks like something Lieutenant Ellen Ripley might stumble upon deep in the bowels of an unknown planet? Well, look no further than Transylvania. Here are 20 pictures to show you why former salt mine, Salina Turda should feature on your list of places to see in Romania.

Salina Turda hosts a UFO-shaped underground amusement park

View of Salina Turda |© Cristian Bortes / Flickr
View of Salina Turda from above | © Cristian Bortes / Flickr

To visit it, you will descend 120 meters (400 feet) underground

The salt layer goes 250 meters deep on average

View of the ceiling |© Cristian Bortes / Flickr
View of the ceiling | © Cristian Bortes / Flickr

At its thickest, the salt layer reaches 1,200 meters (3937 ft)

The Transylvanian rock formations were formed 13 million years ago

The first mention of Salina Turda has been traced to 1075, but salt was mined on the site from 50 BC

The salt mine hosts a museum|© Cristian Bortes / Flickr
The salt mine hosts a museum | © Cristian Bortes / Flickr

Salina Turda includes the Rudolf, Terezia and Ghizela Mines

Salt mine gallery |© Cristian Bortes / Flickr
Salt mine gallery | © Cristian Bortes / Flickr

The salt mine was renovated and reopened in 2010

Renovation and makeover costs totalled 6 million euros

Turda Salt mine features a mini golf course

Minigolf course|© Cristian Bortes / Flickr
Minigolf course | © Cristian Bortes / Flickr

Visitors can also play basketball, handball and ping pong

Basketball court |© Cristian Bortes / Flickr
Basketball court | © Cristian Bortes / Flickr

Ever rowed on an underground salt lake?

Rowing on the salt lake |© Cristian Bortes / Flickr
Rowing on the salt lake | © Cristian Bortes / Flickr

Or been on a ferris wheel in a salt mine?

Spending time inside is good for your lungs and eases allergy symptoms

Playing chess to pass the time |© Cristian Bortes / Flickr
Playing chess to pass the time | © Cristian Bortes / Flickr

The temperature inside is constant at 12 degrees Celsius

View from above |© Cristian Bortes / Flickr
View from above | © Cristian Bortes / Flickr

Salina Turda’s interior was designed by Romanian architect firm Pro Atrium

Romanian design |© Cristian Bortes / Flickr
Romanian design | © Cristian Bortes / Flickr

The salt mine is open every day

Get a seven day pass to experience sustainable health benefits

The amphitheatre hosts concerts regularly

It takes around four and half hours to get from Bucharest to Salina Turda