The Salt Mines in Turda has to be one of the most amazing sights in Romania.
We started with a long walk in an underground passage into the mountains. The walls further in have a white sheen of salt. And then you get a glimpse of the top of the cavern with its stripes of salt on its walls. As we venture further, we could look down and see parts of the main cavern. At one point we could see a small lake with boats moored on the side. It was such a beautiful sight from above.
We were advised to walk down the stairs and I am so glad we did. It was quite an exciting trip down – some of the wooden stairs were very narrow and steep. Most were salt encrusted too. On each level you will see carved into the wall the year in which that level was reached by the miners – I think the earliest ones were in the region of the 1850s.
There were 13 fights of stairs – I was glad that an elevator was available to take me back up.
The main chamber is enormous and is lit with strings of light hanging down. There are a few amusement rides here and a small crazy golf course which we all took part. David was consistently bad and took the last place. Alex had a stroke of genius and managed a hole in one. The others had some good scores and some seriously bad ones. Me… I was consistently mediocre and beat everyone else!