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Discover a fascinating underworld source of health at Praid (Salt mine)

Praid is a village located in the Harghita county, in central Romania, which offers one of the most famous salt mines in the country. The Praid Salt Mine has a microclimate, with an average temperature of around 16° C, rich in ozone, very similar to that of Turda’s salt mine. Thanks to the stimulating climate, the air is very beneficial for the treating of asthma, chronic bronchitis, chronic kidney diseases, chronic sinusitis, pulmonary emphysema, silicosis I and II, respiratory infections and others.

Inside the Praid Salt Mine

The Praid Salt Mine is like a completely different underground world, 50 levels, around 120 meters, above the surface. Tourists are being transported to the center of the mine with buses down a 1.2 km long tunnel.

The visiting level, which is a decommissioned gallery of the mine, is like a self-supporting village, with illumination, Wi-Fi, television, playground for the children, amusement places, ecumenical chapel, coffee shop, 3D cinema and a naturist drugstore.

When exiting the visiting level, 10 levels deeper, the lookout point, Iosif Mine, can be observed. Also, here a restaurant can be found, where a rich menu of food awaits, along a wine-tasting programme, which offers over 500 varieties of Romanian wines from 36 Romanian vineyards. The restaurant can also be booked for private parties, including weddings and baptism parties.

The gallery is 20 meters wide and between 12 and 18 meters high and it was open for the public in 1980, but, since then, the facilities offered for tourists have multiplied over the years. Also, it is open for the public all year round, except for the New Year’s Eve.

The Praid Salt Mine offers a wide variety of attractions that visitors can take advantage of especially thanks to the fact that money has been invested and the attractions have been multiplied and expanded.  For example, there is an underground adventure park, where children and adults alike can walk down trails of various difficulties. Also, in the mine, there is an inflatable playground for children as well as workshops tailored for them where they can work on their creativity. Furthermore, the 3D cinema is open throughout the day, with a wide array of movies being played.

In the mine, available for visiting, there is also a museum of the history of salt mining not only here, but throughout the country. A variety of documents, tools and work items dating from the 18th century are on display. The documents mention that the mine dates back to the Roman Empire, especially since bricks with the inscription “Legio Quinta Macedonica” have been found. The underground mining began in 1762, under the leadership of an Austrian engineer, Frendl Aladar. Mining was carried out systematically since then and new mines have been developed. Nowadays, salt is being mined 400 meters deeper than the treatment area. Also, on the exit route, there is a panorama from where visitors can see how salt mining used to be carried out.

The treatments available in the mine are speleotherapy and climatotherapy, which include mine air inhalation, and are very beneficial in case of respiratory tract diseases. Practicing of sports is encouraged in the mines for a deeper inhalation and, therefore, sports fields and gymnastics classes have been developed inside.

Praid also welcomes guests to the largest saltwater lido in Romania. It was opened in the summer of 2014 and covers 5,200 square meters, out of which around 2,000 is the pool. The salinity of the lido is high, around 220 mg of salt per liter of water and is recommended for the treatment of rheumatic disorders.

Also, near Praid, there is the resort Sovata, which offers, through its chlorosodic mineral waters and sapropels found in the heliothermal lake Ursu, an excellent environment for the treatment of disorders of the respiratory system, as well as for gynecological and sterility afflictions.

 

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