Ranked by Business Insider as the Coolest Underground Place in the World, the Turda Salt Mine located in Transylvania, Romania, is the world’s largest salt mine museum, nowadays transformed into an underground amusement park.
The salt mine, which dates as far back as the 17th century, was used for everything from a cheese storage center to a bomb shelter in WWII. The massive mines were formed completely by hand and machine rather than by using explosives.
Throughout the cool interior there are a variety of mines, rooms and spaces to be explored. At almost 42 m down, Rudolph Mine offers a 180-seat amphitheater, a carousel, ping-pong tables, basketball hoops, mini-golf, and bowling. Old machinery still stands within the underground expanse and some of it is used to lead people on tours. Theresa Mine, at 35 m deep, provides access to a small lake where boats can be rented and a rotating wheel allows visitors to see the stalagmites throughout the cave. Finally, the Gisela Mine (the stationary room) functions as an area for health treatments that draws upon and takes advantage of the mine’s optimal climate.
Whether you want to escape the summer heat, you like eerie looking places or you are looking for a cool place to photograph, make sure you visit the Turda Salt Mine. It’s simply amazing!