Salina Turda salt mine, a submerged wonderland of Romania
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 after excavations stopped in 1932.
In 1992, the mine was opened to the public and turned into a museum cum amusement park with bowling lanes, mini golf, a ferris wheel, spa and even an underground lake with boating facilities and there is a special playground complete with slides and turntable baskets.
Visitors to the theme park are transported 400-meters (1,300 feet) underground aboard the same elevator shafts that were used to bring excavated salt to the surface over a century ago.
The mine even has an 180-seat amphitheater that can be used for concerts and conferences!
At the Rudolph mine, visitors will be able to admire the natural salt stalactites that can get up to 12-feet long.
In the interior of the cone shaped Terezia mine that lies an astounding 112-meters (367-feet) underground, guests will find a bloom of stalactites along with a magical lake.
The one area that visitors have no access to is the underground gallery of the Gizela mine. Also known as the Crystal Hall, it has been declared a geological reserve because of the incredible salt crystals and stalactites that lie inside. ■