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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
To visit it, you will descend 120 meters (400 feet) underground
The salt layer goes 250 meters deep on average
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
Salina Turda includes the Rudolf, Terezia and Ghizela Mines
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
Visitors can also play basketball, handball and ping pong
Ever rowed on an underground salt lake?
Or been on a ferris wheel in a salt mine?
Spending time inside is good for your lungs and eases allergy symptoms
The temperature inside is constant at 12 degrees Celsius
Salina Turda’s interior was designed by Romanian architect firm Pro Atrium
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