Salina Turda in Romania

This item appears on page 69 of the December 2015 issue.

In a salt mine in a hill by the city of Turda, Romania, visitors can enjoy a 20-minute boat ride on an underground lake (RON10 [near $2.50]), a carnival wheel (RON5), mini-golf (RON10) and bowling (RON10).

The Salina Turda mine operated from 1075 until 1932. Using the same shaft that miners used, visitors take an elevator nearly 400 feet to the mine’s floor. An English-speaking guide may be booked in advance for RON50. 

At the base of the hill, at another entrance to the mine, the Franz Joseph Gallery (Salinelor No. 54B, Turda, Cluj, Romania) offers the Echoes Room, the Machine Room, a saltwater swimming pool and spa treatments.

Salina Turda (Aleea Durgaului No. 7, Turda, Cluj, Romania; phone +40 364 260940, is open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. RON20 adult or RON12 senior. Parking, RON5. Persons with heart conditions can visit only with a doctor’s permission. Mobility-impaired people may enter the Gallery only.