Turda Salt Mine
Turda Salt Mine is one of the main tourist attractions of Transylvania, representing a true salt mining museum in Transylvania, being a modern leisure facility and, at the same time, a treatment facility. The age of the salt deposits in Transylvania is about 13 million years, the salt deposit from Turda being part of the same alignment as the Ocna Dej, Sic, Cojocna, Valea Florilor and Ocna Mures deposits.
It is assumed that the first stages of salt exploitation began in the Roman era, but the first evidences of activities related to the extraction date from the 11th century when a document issued by the chancellery of the Hungarian kingdom mentions the establishment of a salt customs in Turda. Starting with 1918, the role of Turda Salt Mine is decayed due to the extraction technology and the development of the mines at Ocna Dej and Ocna Mureş. From 1932 it was closed, being used during World War II as an anti-aircraft shelter, then as a cheese storage, and after 1992 it was opened to the tourist circuit.
Turda Salt Mine has undergone an extensive renovation process as a result of the development of a 5.8 million euro project aimed at achieving a modern recreation and treatment facility. Thus, in the mine were included: a panoramic elevator, a mini-golf course, two mini-bowling courts, a sports field and an 180 seats amphitheater, which hosts various concerts. Also, a carousel is operational within the premises, offering a panoramic image over the Rudolf Mine. An underground lake was set up in Terezia Mine, offering possibilities for a boat ride 112 m deep inside the salt mountain. Ghizela mine was set up to serve exclusively to the balneary treatment facility.
Near the main entrance there is Durgau Strand resulted from the investments made in the Durgau Lakes. They have a high content of sodium chloride because they formed on old salt mining site.
The design of the Turda Salt Mine harmoniously combines seemingly discordant elements, wood and steel, thus representing how the past and the future, tradition and modernism merge to give birth to one of the most beautiful tourist attraction in Romania.
Address: Turda, Durgăului Street, no. 7;
Turda, Salinelor Street, no. 54B (allows access for people with neuromotor disabilities)
Phone: (004) 0364-260.940; (004) 0364-260.941; (004) 0264-311.690
E-mail: [email protected]