IT’S A TRAP! Mole Men are in there. What’s that? There’s a carousel in there? I’m in! Taking the elevator down the 17th century Salina Turda Salt Mines in Transylvania, Romania can feel like going to the center of the Earth. But once you’re finally at the bottom, an unexpected site will greet you. A mine museum complete with a 180-seat amphitheatre, a carousel, ping-pong tables, basketball hoops, a bowling alley, and a mini-golf course is there, under 140 feet of ground.
Visitors can even descend further to 370-400 feet deep, where there’s a small lake that has boats for rent. Other attractions include old equipment and machinery for historical tours, a rotating wheel for visitors to see the stalagmites, and the Gisela Mine, an area for health treatment that utilizes the mine’s cool climate.