Wawel Castle
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Wawel Castle tickets and tours

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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Museums
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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...

Duration
1 hour
Available in: English
Walking tours

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...

Duration
2 hours
Available in: English
Castle & palace tours

Visit a magnificent, medieval castle that served as a royal residence and a place where the Polish rulers governed for five centuries. The c...

Duration
3 hours
Available in: English
Bus tours

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

Validity
Flexible
Available in: English
Attraction passes

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...

Duration
72 hours
Available in: English
Segway tours

This is the perfect tour to expand your Segway skills riding along the 'Planty' Gardens, one of the largest city parks in Krakow which encir...

Duration
30 minutes
Available in: English
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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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Flexible
Available in: English
Segway tours

After finding your guide at the Cruising Krakow shop, you will receive a short introduction of how to use the X2 Segway. Now you are ready t...

Duration
1 hour
Available in: English
Segway tours

Take a 21st-century Segway and cruise the medieval Old Town of Krakow - time travel has never been easier! This 3-hour guided Segway tour st...

Duration
3 hours
Available in: English
Museums

From 1333 to 1795 the Wawel Castle was the seat of Polish kings and a symbol of Polish statehood. Nowadays it is one of the finest art museu...

Duration
1 hour 20 minutes
Available in: English
History & heritage tours

This is the perfect tour for first-timers in Krakow. Discover the most important sights of the city with a local knowledgable guide - from t...

Duration
4 hours
Available in: English
Walking tours

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...

Duration
2 hours
Available in: English

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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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