The charming courtyard of the Saltworks Castle can be visited daily free of charge from 9:00 until dusk. Entrances are located at Zamkowa Street and the John Paul II lane. The courtyard is equipped with benches and also with deckchairs in the summer season. Its tourist attractions include the medieval defensive tower, the oldest mine shaft in Wieliczka and the walls of saltworks kitchen. The courtyard is a 4-minute walk from the Salt Mine.
Tower (14th century) the only facility of this type preserved in Medieval urban fortifications. During the reign of Casimir the Great, the city was surrounded with walls with two gates and nineteen towers. Currently, the tower is open to tourists. Inside it is possible to see photographs presenting its former and current appearance. The windows provide a view onto the castle and a panorama of Wieliczka.
The oldest mining shaft in Wieliczka from the middle of the 13th century. Its floor projection is in the shape of a rectangle with dimensions of 3.4 m x 2.4 m. Its actual depth remains unknown (research was stopped at a depth of 7 m); it is assumed that its deepening was completed before it reached the salt deposit.
Defence Wall from the end of the 13th century.
Saltworks kitchen (15th century): the walls of the first “mass catering facility” were reconstructed in the castle courtyard; the administrators of the Saltworks and the salt buyers who transported it over land received free meals here.
Saltworks garden a representative green area for the Castle, established in the 16th century; in the Saxon times, it was transformed into an Italian style garden.
The Museum shop and box offices are located outside the courtyard at Zamkowa Street in front of the main entrance. The shop offers publications and original souvenirs from Wieliczka, and tickets to the exhibitions hosted in the Castle.
Located in an excellent place among green spaces, the Restaurant serves delicious traditional dishes of Polish cuisine. Meals are served under sunshades in the Castle courtyard, in the Garden and indoor in the southern Castle building.