Former salt mine transformed into spectacular underground theme park
Basketball, mini-golf, a Ferris wheel, an underground lake and a spa are just some of the attractions found in this majestic 13th-century Romanian salt mine.
Thu, Apr 03, 2014 at 07:00 PM
Photo: Cristian Bortes/Wiki Commons
About 368 feet below the ground in the Transylvanian underworld lies one of the world's most eerily spell-binding theme parks. Salina Turda is a reimagined salt mine that was originally carved by hand in the 13th century. Today it is a museum and theme park featuring a Ferris wheel, mini-golf, an underground lake with paddleboats, basketball courts, a spa and more, according to the Smithsonian.
The park might sound a bit spine-chilling to the uninitiated, but that's part of its charm. Descending into the defunct mine transports you to an otherworld filled with an air of history and magic. Make sure to dress warm, however, as this underground realm averages a temperature in the low 50's Fahrenheit with humidity around 80 percent.
You can take a tour of Salina Turda in the following video:
The mine is also a photographer's dream. Fairy-like lighting illuminates the caverns, and the salt patterns on the walls resemble marble and reflect off the underground lake to give the impression that they descend into infinity. Get lost in these images, then buy your plane ticket to go visit the mine yourself.
Photo: Ben Scicluna/Flickr
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