Salina Turda is one of the tourist destinations renovated with European Funds, under the management of Elena Udrea. I visited the place for first time about 5 years ago and I was totally impressed at that moment. This May I had the chance to see Salina Turda again and I can say it is still an amazing place for whoever comes around. If you have the chance to see it, don’t hesitate a second.
I recommend spending at least a full day in Salina Turda. You can find accommodations around the Salina and enjoy other closely available landmarks.
Short History of Salina Turda
Turda is situated in Apuseni Mountain, an area with very long mining history. People of Dacia, the Romans and all other inhabitants exploited the mineral resources buried under the ground with a variety of technologies. We know from official documents that first operations in Salina Turda started with Therezia Mining Gallery around XVII century and continued with Franz Josef Gallery till XIX century. After 1840, Salina Turda became less important since most mining operations focused more on Ocna Mures and the purpose of the place changed to a deposit. During the second World War, the place was used as a bomb shelter for the people of Turda.
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What can you see?
You can start by learning a bit about the mining technologies used in Salina Turda, when the place was operational. After that, you can move your focus on the two main mining galleries.
Therezia gallery is the oldest mine and has a conical shape. There are some nice touristic facilities available, including a resting area and a small lake. You can rent a boat and sail around or just read a book in the resting areas.
Franz Josef Gallery is the newer mine. The exploiting engineers designed as a trapezoid mine, making it a safer place to be. However, I am sure you’ll think twice about this when descending in the elevator to the bottom of the mine. Once you make it to the bottom, you’ll not be disappointed. You can play golf, table tennis and pool while breathing the healthy salty air.
If you are not afraid of heights, you’ll love the breathtaking view from the balcony walk. It is a great experience and you feel like literally walking on the walls of the mine!
How to reach Salina Turda?
Although Turda may not be a very popular city in Romania, it is very easy to reach. It is close to Cluj and not difficult to find on the map. Once around Turda, follow the sign in the city towards the Salina. The main entrance is on Aleea Durgaului, on the north-west area of the city.