1,000-Year-old salt mine turned into tourist hotspot


Complete with billiards, ping pong, mini-golf, and rides, all underground

There’s an underground tourist attraction in Romania that even the hipsters haven’t heard of yet. Of course, this may be because it is literally underground. Salina Turda is a salt mine in Romania which can be traced back almost a thousand years. Active as a mine until the 1930s, it underwent major renovation in 2008 and opened to the public in 2010 as a tourist attraction.

The improvements added games such as ping pong tables, a mini-golf course, and billiards in case the ridiculously beauteous surrounding isn’t enough for those with short attention spans. There are also rides including rowboats, an elevator (you can ride it!), and even a Ferris wheel, all underground.

The massive chambers filled with stylistic lights and cavernous scenery almost look like a hideout for a James Bond villain. This contrasts with the long corridors cut into the salt, which look like the frozen tunnels of Hoth from Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. It seems like a great spot for live music; the acoustics could lend a haunting echo.

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