12/14/2013 07:44 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Salina Turda Salt Mine Sounds Boring But Is Really An Amazing Attraction

Near pretty much nothing you've ever heard of sits the world's largest salt mine museum.

Ok, it might sound dreadfully boring when you hear it, but LOOK how cool this place is:

salina turda

salina turda

The mine, which sits in Transylvania, was originally established by hand and machine (as opposed to explosives) in the 17th century (the first mention of the mines dates back to May 1271). It was converted into a museum in 1992, where visitors can descend as far as 400 feet to hang out at the mine's ferris wheel, bowling alley, mini golf course, amphitheater and, oh, take a boat ride on the lake.

It's Christmas at the mine!
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Be sure to dress warmly though, because the mine averages a temperature of 50-55˚F with 80% humidity.
salina turda

The museum boasts three mines: Terezia, which is the deepest at about 393 feet, Anton (roughly 354 feet) and Rudolf (about 138 feet).
salina turda

salina turda

Salt is reflected in the lake.
salina turda

So next time you find yourself making your way to Transylvania, scoot on over to Turda to take in this totally bizarro but super magical site.

Salina Turda from on Vimeo.



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