1 day at Salina Turda: salt mine transformed into a real tourist masterpiece

1 day at Salina Turda: salt mine transformed into a real tourist masterpiece

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Imagine a day when time seems to stand still, allowing you to immerse yourself in the depths of history and nature, in a place where beauty and innovation blend harmoniously. Thus begins your adventure at Salina Turda, an underground sanctuary where the magic and history of salt is revealed in a fascinating spectacle of lights, lakes and galleries sculpted by man's hand and shaped by time.

As you descend into the heart of the salt marsh, you'll feel like an explorer from another era, discovering sparkling salt lakes under the diffused light, a Ferris wheel that seems straight out of a fairy tale, and an amphitheatre that invites you to dream of the echoes of the footsteps of those who passed through centuries ago. A boat ride on the underground lake will transport you to a fairytale world, where the silence is only slightly disturbed by the oars plunging into the crystal clear water.

After exploring the depths of the saltworks, daylight welcomes you again, inviting you to discover traditional Romanian tastes and flavours. A lunch of sarmale, mămăligă and a glass of țuica will warm your soul and prepare you for the rest of your adventure in and around Turda, where nature and history continue to tell the story.

Your accommodation in a local guesthouse will offer you the comfort and hospitality of Romanian hospitality, allowing you to rest and relax, preparing you for new explorations. And when the day ends, you will fall asleep thinking that you have lived a unique experience, where time has stood still and you have witnessed a story written by nature and man, in the heart of Transylvania.


This getaway to Salina Turda is more than just a trip; it is a foray into a land where history, nature and culture come together to create unforgettable memories. It is an invitation to experience, feel and discover the hidden beauty of Romania, all in a comfortable and discovering style, suitable for anyone who wants to get closer to the heart and soul of this country.

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0 - 99 euro
100 - 199 euro

Trip duration

Weekend (1 - 2 days)



Group type

Families with children's



Exploring type

Optional going by car

Start your day with a visit to Salina Turda, open from early in the morning. This salt mine, one of the oldest in the world, has been transformed into an underground amusement park. Inside, you'll discover breathtaking attractions:

Panoramic route: Take the panoramic elevator to view the depths of the salt mine and the impressive hand-dug structures.
Underground lake: Take a boat ride on the underground lake, a truly magical experience.
Ferris wheel: For a spectacular view, hop on the Ferris wheel located in the heart of the saltworks.
Amphitheatre: If you're lucky, you might even catch a show or special event.

After exploring the Turda Saltworks, treat yourself to a traditional Romanian lunch at one of the local restaurants. Try the sarmette with mămăligă and sour cream, or a delicious chicken papricaș, accompanied by a glass of țuică or palincă for an authentic experience.

Spend the rest of the day exploring the surroundings. Turda also offers other attractions, such as the Turda Gorge, perfect for a short nature walk if time allows.

End your day with dinner at one of the local restaurants, where you can try other Romanian specialities or perhaps some traditional desserts, such as papanasi or pancakes with cottage cheese and jam.


This trip is planned for one day, ideal for explorers who want to experience as much as possible in a limited time.

The tour is centered around the Turda Saltworks, located near Turda, Transylvania, Romania. Depending on time and interest, you can extend the exploration to the city of Turda and its natural surroundings, such as the Turda Gorge.

This tour is recommended for its comfortable and explorative style, perfect for those who want to experience both local culture and history as well as Romania's gastronomy.

The tour is easily accessible for most travellers, with no significant physical requirements, making it ideal for all age groups

The total estimated budget is about 100 euro/day/person, covering accommodation, local transport, food and activities, including entrance to Salina Turda.

To get to Salina Turda, you can use the local bus or car. If you come from a distant city, such as Cluj-Napoca, you can take the train or bus to Turda and then take a taxi or local bus to the saltworks.

For accommodation, there are guesthouses and B&Bs offering rooms at prices between 30-40 euros/night, ideal for your budget and offering an authentic experience

In Turda and its surroundings, you can enjoy traditional Romanian dishes, such as sarmale, mămăligă, chicken paprika, and delicious desserts such as papanasii

The Turda Saltworks is the main attraction of the tour, with its underground lake, Ferris wheel, and amphitheatre. If time allows, also visit the Turda Gorges for an easy nature hike

In Romania, it is good to greet politely when entering a place or interacting with locals. Tipping is also appreciated in restaurants and for service, somewhere between 10-15% of the bill.

English is widely spoken among young people and in tourist areas. Basic knowledge of French can also be useful.

For EU citizens and those from many other countries, no visa is required to enter Romania.

There are no specific health risks or mandatory vaccinations for visitors to most countries, but it is recommended that you check the latest travel advice from your country.

No special vaccinations are required, but check standard travel recommendations.

There are numerous online reviews on platforms such as TripAdvisor, Google Reviews and Lonely Planet.

This itinerary is self-guided. For guided tours, you can check reputable local operators on review sites.

As a self-guided tour, you have the flexibility to tailor it to your liking, choosing which attractions to visit and when.



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