Salina Turda - A Day In The Coolest Subterranean Theme Park

in #europe5 years ago (edited)

I've been lounging around in Cluj-Napoca for a couple of weeks and haven't really done any photographic excursions. The city as far as I can tell didn't seem all that photogenic but overall very fun and great to stay in. I've gotten to know the people at my hostel very well and made a few friends so it didn't matter that I wasn't out taking photos and exploring the area. However, one day, I got the itch to go out an explore so I went around asking people where I should go for a little one day adventure.

That's how I've come to know about Salina Turda.

What is Salina Turda?

Salina Turda is a theme park but not just an ordinary one. It's located deep down into the earth laid over an ancient salt mine. Outside, the theme park would be as plain and boring as any theme park of its size is, however, the salt mine dates back to the 17th century. In fact, the exploitation and mining operations in the area date all the way back to the Roman times. A theme park with a whole Ferris Wheel in a Subterranean cave? How cool is that?

Where Is Salina Turda?

Home to the myth of Dracula and Vampires and deep in the Transylvanian countryside on the outskirts of a small town called Turda. It's just a two-hour bus ride from Cluj-Napoca, Romania's second largest city. Deep inside the mine, one would feel eerily in the home of Vlad the Impaler and his evil minions. But one should not delve into unease because Salina Turda is a family friendly place.

Salina Turda Tunnel
Salina Turda Tunnel

When to Go to Salina Turda?

Every year, thousands of tourists visit the mine for its unique and futuristic theme park and breathe its air for halotherapy that's some of the purest and cleanest on earth. Families and kids flock to the mine's theme park, which features a subterranean lake and an island with glowing lights that looks like it was plucked out of a Star Wars movie. So the best time to go would be, any time of the year. Yes, it's underground so it's protected from the outside elements and has its own natural climate - subterranean climate.

Salina Turda Salt Lake and Alien Platform
Salt Lake and Alien Platform

History of Salina Turda

The area has been in use since the time of the Romans. The salt mine itself has been expanded and mined since the 17th century. Salina Turda continued to serve various purposes after the mining activities ceased in 1932. The mine served as a bomb shelter in World War II and further served as cheese storage center. Roughly three billion tons of salt have been excavated through its decades of operations, producing an amazing alien like a structured cavern that looks like something taken straight from an H. R. Giger sketchbook.

Salina Turda Alien Spaceship Theme Park
Alien Spaceship Theme Park

Things to Do in Salina Turda

Deep down around 400 feet underground lays a salt lake, responsible for most of the mines salt content and home to the unusual alien-like amusement park. Visitors can tour the lake boat for a 10 RON/LEI - $2.50.

Salina Turda Ferris Wheel And Pool Tables
Ferris Wheel And Pool Tables

There's a gargantuan chamber housing a Ferris wheel, a bowling alley, a mini-golf course, and pool tables. This cave is rumored to be the where the Batcave will be filmed for next Batman movie.

The Big Chamber in Salina Turda
The Big Chamber

In 1992 the city's officials decided to turn the historical salt mine into a viable tourist destination that would feature a museum for adults and an amusement theme park for kids. The transformation was relatively easy due to the fact that the mine has been operating with electricity since 1910.

You Can Tour The Subterranean Lake With A Boat in Salina Turda
You Can Tour The Subterranean Lake With A Boat

The theme park became an enormous success and has already been visited by more than 2.5 million people after its launch. Now ranked among one of the world's most exceptional destinations, Salina Turda, is becoming more of a household name.

Glowing Roof in Salina Turda
Glowing Roof

Visitors are transported aboard elevator shafts that had been used to bring excavated salt to the surface over 100 years ago. Visitors can also walk up and down its very narrow stairs made of wooden planks if they choose. There are 4 mines and a Crivac room which was used to lift salt rocks to the surface.

Crivac Room in Salina Turda
Crivac Room

The Losif Room has a very unusual shape that causes echoes. A conical shaped chamber, Terezia Mine, houses the lighted UFO structures. Rudolf mine has the panoramic elevators where visitors can view the whole mine. The Gizela mine has a spa room.

Light Play Deep in the Underground UFO in Salina Turda
Light Play Deep in the Underground UFO

Should You Check Out Salina Turda?

Salina Turda is worth a visit if you're ever in the Cluj-Napoca area. It can get crowded in there during high season and you may want to visit in the shoulder seasons. It's a place that's getting more and more popular because the word got out that, it's freakin' cool! Around three hours is all you probably need inside the salt-mine and theme park. A day is all you need if you also want to explore the little town, Turda, surrounding the theme park. Turda, the town, is pretty suburban and may not be as interesting but it does offer you a glimpse of common lives of Romanians.

Suburban Town Of Turda
Suburban Town Of Turda


  • You can get to the mines by bus (8 RON each way) from Cluj-Napoca
  • You can catch the bus on the corner of Strada Decebal and Strada Lasilor near the cinema or in front of the opera house
  • There are two entrances to the park. One is at Salinelor No.54B and the other at Aleea Durgaului N0.7. Look for the star icon on the map below for details
  • Entrance fee is 20 RON - $5
  • The park closes at 5 pm
  • It can get cold in the mines so bring layers of clothing


  • Transportation to and from the mine - $4.06
  • Entrance to the Park/Mine - $5
  • Lunch at a cheap restaurant in Turda - $2.70
  • Cooked own dinner back in Cluj - $1.50
  • Cooked own breakfast - $0 (hostel provided free breakfast)
  • Hostel in Cluj (Transylvania Hostel) - $14
  • TOTAL - $27.46
Transylvania’s Subterranean Theme Park (Salina Turda)

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The atmosphere is like in the movie of "Underworld - Vampire vs Lycans", lol
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Interesting place and the underground structure is very attractive

yess underground section is mind blowing , i want to visit there

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This is so awesome. First time I read about this place. Maybe this would be an inspiration for Elon Musk's Mars City

Now that is an interesting place - bucket list worthy - especially for Europeans. The photos and text made this a great post - thanks!

Wow! That looks amazing, never knew such place existed in Romania. Nice to know, might even go and visit it sometime.

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this is insanely cool - no pun intended

You have a minor grammatical mistake in the following sentence:

Yes, it's underground so it's protected from the outside elements and has it's own natural climate - subterranean climate.
It should be its own instead of it's own.

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is this park really as it is showed in images ? i want to visit there

It was like going into a time machine. Awesome place.

The picture with the tunnel and blue lights is amazing!

Oh, first of all, photos are stunning !
Second, I should write blogs like you did. haha
So informational !

Although I am Romanian I never visited salina Turda. I will drive one day to see what it is all about there. I have friends who were there and were very pleased by what they saw and how they felt.

Your country is full of surprises.

Sir.. can you suggest me best camera to shoot... i am also interested in photography?

I will be posting a round-up soon on the best travel cameras, stay tuned.

Even within Cluj you have some nice places to take photos, but they aren't that well known.
For instance from the Belvedere, you can have a view of the whole city (especially at night).
Another one is on the Somes river trail
Hoia Forest:
From outside there is also:

I heard about Hoai forest, peeps told me not to bother so I skipped it.

You didn't miss too much, only, hmm... strange looking trees and stories with aliens. :) I'm glad you like Salina Turda, I go every time I get the chance, actually is good for your health o.O, elderly people get a discount to visit it few times a week. :D

Now tell me, did you take the elevator or the stairs? Hehe. xD

Hoia Forest
The Hoia Forest (Romanian: Pădurea Hoia; Hungarian: Hója-erdő) is a forest situated to the west of the city of Cluj-Napoca, near the open-air section of the Ethnographic Museum of Transylvania. The forest is used as a common recreation destination. In recent years a biking park has been added to the forest, along with areas for other sports such as paintball, airsoft and archery.

For a moment, i actually thought the picture was animated. Mesmerizing

After seeing those flawless photography i really want to go in Salina Turda !

thanks for give the chance to watch such type of beautiful place.

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i want to visit there..this park is very nice.. this is the my dream place...

thanks for share...

this looks so freaking wild! resteemed!!

After seeing these images I have gone mad. My extreme desire is to go there.

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Yes seems perfect a themepark thats always dark, no rain, no heat, and it must be like a deal different world

I am from Turda and I am proud that we have such a great treasure in our town.

Is this place made under caves as the picture looks like that ?

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wow such a amazing park i want to visit

Fui a Rumanía hace 2 años y este lugar me quedo pendiente por ver.... Precioso Rumanía!!!! Y la comida y la gente!

Looking very attractive because of colors and graphics and design is awesome I think I need to visit 😂

Amazing place.I would like to visit here if ever describe in a very beautiful has an interesting history.I am happy to see this beautiful place.

Who does not like to see the natural scene. Everyone wants to visit the beautiful places of the world. We have become mechanical to see ourselves the buildings of the brick-cement-stone buildings around us. Difficulty in nesting the house. So maybe our mechanical city, where there is a lot of opportunities, as well as our sightseeing. Because we are naturally comfortable. Now we do not go to enjoy the wonderful landscapes at any place of trouble, where we have to face many problems. And that is why we go beyond our sights, some of the wonderful places in the world.

OMG! What a place! I wish to visit this for once

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wooooo very awsum place to visit , lighting is very attractive i want to visit in Salina Turda.

wow that incredible!!! I would love to go there and feel like I was Batman! one of my favorite DC characters.

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awesum places , i surely visited once in a life .

Yes, it's a very interesting place. I want to go there

I aam currently at the end of one trip and just added this to the bucket list. So much to do and so little time.

So cool theme park 😍😍

I wish Visit This place ones in My life

By seeing and reading about the park i cann't wait to visit here

@adonilsabril place from above look like a space shuttle,i want to swim in air above to see this place

Thank You so much for such valuable article...!!! To be frank I didn't knew about it. Doing some more search on it..!! Thanks for taking to history and then details...!!! Keep writing in diverse fields...!! So we will get enlightened by you.....!!!

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have you gone there once buddy
please tell me its speciality to visit this wonderful place

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Wow that's really cool! The stalactites on the cave's ceiling must be so cool to see from the ferris wheel

Someday I will travel to Europe

very cool. will have to check this out when i go.

Wow. It looks unbelievable!

It's look like hollywood movie graphic. It's awesome.

Awesome! Would love to go there.

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Wow, I stay in Turda and deserve to see Turda Salt, as if you are in another world when you enter it. So I expect you to visit her as big as possible. Other places to visit in Turda are the old center and the museum of the city.

very nice place .
I hope to visit it

Wow this place is absolutely gorgeous, would consider going there for a visit after seeing this post!

So cool! I love this blog!

I was shocked with this wonder, how beautiful

This is perfect! This blog makes me want to travel and know fantastic places

first of all, thank you for a great story. and you make me nostalgic about count dracula by Bram Stoker.

Daammm. No lo puedo creer :O Pense que era sobre video juegos pero no. Es la realidad O.o

Amazing Creature

Wonderful post

Very nice is your post. Iam very like your post. What is your city name.

city ka naam jaan kar kya karoge bhai.

Very beautiful ♥

Interesting place and the underground structure is very attractive and elegant, the truth is the budget is not so expensive to spend the day in the place. Excellent recommendation.

Wow que cosas puedes encontrar en Transilvania un parque temático bajo tierra es una pasada, aunque la imagen de inicio parece muy surrealista de todos modos dejo un voto

So much pretty. I love to go & see this place.

Beautiful pictures

really a cool day

It would be interesting to visit this place.
Great post. Thanks for the info.:)

Amazing story, Bravo.

This is really amazing, I would love to see the old mine and the history as well as the theme park looks great!!

Well Its an interesting location for visit and experiencing new world of fun and amazement. I like this article and also inspired a lot to explore such places around me..Thanks ..very nice post

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