Turda Salt Mine and Turda Gorge tour

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Turda Salt Mine - Turda Gorge - Rimetea village tour

Salt Mine Tour - Retro Youth Hostel Cluj-Napoca

A day trip to Salina Turda (Turda Salt Mine) is a must for any visitor to Cluj-Napoca. One of the most important salt mines in Transylvania, Salina Turda has been known since ancient times, but was put into operation for underground mining work during the Roman period.

The Salt Mine is mentioned in official documents from the middle of the 13th century, when the mine was offered to the Transylvanian Catholic Church leaders. In the Middle Ages, Turda was one of the biggest places of salt extraction in entire region.

The salt was extracted as clods which were then cut by specialist workers. The mines were lit by candles and tallow rush lights; explosives were never used for exploitation nor mechanical equipment used for cutting the salt.

The microclimate in the mine is characterised by yearly variations of temperature between 11 - 12° C; the average humidity level inside is 80% and the air pressure is between 747-752 mm Hg.

Salt Mine Tour - Retro Youth Hostel Cluj-Napoca

The lack of pathogen bacterium and a moderate air ionisation is therefore favorable to breathing treatments. By its impressive galleries, long tunnels and mining system, great accoustics and very healthy microclimate, Turda Salt Mine is an excellent destination for every tourist.

Another "must-see" is Cheile Turzii (Turda Gorge), just a half an hour drive from the Salt Mine. A beautiful natural reserve with a unique landscape, it is 1.5 km long and has almost vertical, up to 300 m high walls. Turda Gorge is one of the most popular attractions in the Apuseni Mountains. The gorges are of special interest because of their morphologic variety: caves, fossils, towers, and arcades formed by the river's repeated attempts to penetrate the limestone mountain. The natural reserve was founded in 1938 and almost 1000 special plants live there. Also, the entrances of more than 60 caves can be seen on the walls.

Turda Gorge is an excellent place for free climbing, having more than 100 routes, for all difficulty levels. The variety of routes rank Cheile Turzii as one of the top areas among the climbing sights in Romania.

After hiking the gorge, 30 km away, is Remetea village where we will go for a great Hungarian lunch!! Also to visit in the village is the local Village Museum and the old water mill. (for details about Remetea village, check Piatra Secuiului trip)


  • 1. Transportation Cluj - Turda Salt Mine - Turda Gorge - Rimetea village - Cluj;
  • 2. Complete guide services;


  • 1. entrances tikets to the Salt Mine, Turda Gorge reservation or Village Museum in Rimetea;
  • 2. Meals or food on the way;


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Note: Our tours are open to everyone interested, every day of the week. These rates are valid for our guests only!