Wawel Castle
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Wawel Castle in Krakow is the ancient heart of Poland, a multifaceted art museum and a patchwork of nearly all European architectonical styles. The ca...

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Visit one of the most important spots of Polish history and heritage, the Wawel Royal Cathedral. Located on the Wawel Hill, surrounded by me...

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1 hour
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Take part in a relaxing walking tour and discover all the secrets of the Wawel Hill. Here, you'll see some of the most iconic sites in Krako...

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1 hour 30 minutes
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Krakow is one of the most important touristic destinations in Poland and Europe. Here you can find a fascinating ancient city center full of...

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Would you like to get the most out of your time in Krakow and enjoy discovering the city at your own pace? Use your 3-day Museum & Attractio...

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72 hours
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Get to know the city of Krakow during this audio-guided driving tour and go on an exploration of the Wawel Hill at your own pace!Explore all...

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3 hours
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Make the most of your visit with this private 3-hour walking tour of Krakow. After your guide picks you up from your hotel you will explore ...

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3 hours
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Go on a stroll on Wawel Hill and learn all about its history and significance! During this private walking tour, the licensed guide will tak...

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2 hours 30 minutes
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Wawel Hill is one of the most significant places in Poland. It was the home for kings and queens for many decades. It is definitely a site w...

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2 hours
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Travel through Krakow with just one card in your pocket that gives you the possibility to see all the most interesting places in an easy way...

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A cruise under the stars is the perfect solution for a romantic date or an unusual way to meet friends. Have great fun and discover the sigh...

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1 hour
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Visit the Wieliczka salt mine with a live guide and discover the Wawel Hill at your own pace! Book the skip-the-line entrance ticket to Wiel...

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The Wawel is the city’s number one tourist attraction in Krakow and Europe's most spectacular medieval castle.Perched on top of the hill abo...

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2 hours
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The inside story

Wawel Castle in Krakow is the ancient heart of Poland, a multifaceted art museum and a patchwork of nearly all European architectonical styles. The castle is located upon Wawel Hill, overlooking the Vistula river and has been for many centuries the residence of the Polish royal family.

One of the first UNESCO world heritage sites, the castle consists of a number of different structures from different periods and includes architectural styles from medieval, renaissance and baroque periods. The castle was originally built in the eleventh century, the remains of which can be located in the northern wing of the present-day castle. In the fourteenth century, the castle was considerably extended and renovated, which then continued throughout the years.

The grounds and gardens surrounding the castle are interesting to explore and offer beautiful views over the Vistula River. Visitors to the castle can enjoy access to the former state rooms and private royal apartments, which include some of the original interior design. The art museum encompasses various permanent art exhibitions that range from Oriental art to paintings (including Italian Renaissance), prints, tapestry, sculptures, porcelain, arms and more. Visit the Dragon’s Den, a legendary cave full of murky caverns in the western slope of Wawel Hill or climb the Sandomierska Tower and enjoy the stunning views over Krakow and the surrounding countryside.

The Wawel Cathedral is also within the grounds and is the burial and crowning site of many Polish monarchs. Entrance into the Cathedral is separate and offers richly decorated interiors and beautiful works of art and relics.

The castle is easily accessible by foot from the city centre or public transport options are also available. A must-see for anyone visiting Krakow, the Wawel Castle is beautifully preserved and represents the most important historic and cultural place in the country.

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Wawel Castle Wawel 5, 31-001 Kraków, Poland Krakow
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