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 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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Krakow Card with free museums, attractions and public transport
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Krakow Card with free museums, attractions and public transport

Discover Krakow with the comfortable Krakow Card, visit the most interesting museums and attractions in the city and take advantage to use public transport free of charge.

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Wawel Castle, Cathedral and Rynek Underground guided tour with lunch
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Wawel Castle, Cathedral and Rynek Underground guided tour with lunch

Explore the Royal Route in Krakow! Visit the Royal Chambers and Cathedral on Wawel Hill and then see the Rynek Underground Museum on the Market Square.

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Duration 5 hours 30 minutes
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Best of Krakow 1-day private tour with Tempel Synagogue ticket
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Best of Krakow 1-day private tour with Tempel Synagogue ticket

Book your Best of Krakow tour to visit the highlights in Old Town, Wawel Hill, Wawel Cathedral and Kazimierz District with a private licensed guide.

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Duration 6 hours
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Wawel Hill guided tour
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Wawel Hill guided tour

Book your Wawel Hill guided tour and learn interesting facts and legends about Krakow from your local guide.

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All inclusive Wawel Castle skip-the-line tour
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All inclusive Wawel Castle skip-the-line tour

Explore the Wawel Castle on a 4.5-hours tour with skip-the-line tickets. Visit Wawel Cathedral, State Rooms, Royal Apartments and Wawel Hill with a licensed Wawel guide.

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Duration 4 hours 30 minutes
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City Sightseeing hop-on hop-off bus tour of Krakow with optional river cruise and electric car
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City Sightseeing hop-on hop-off bus tour of Krakow with optional river cruise and electric car

Visit Krakow and its main attractions on a 24h or 48h hop-on hop-off bus tour and learn more about the city's history with an audio guide.

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Skip-the-line Wawel Castle ticket and Cathedral private tour
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Skip-the-line Wawel Castle ticket and Cathedral private tour

Explore Wawel Castle and Cathedral on a private guided tour with skip-the-line entrance tickets. Visit Wawel Castle State Rooms, Cathedral and Wawel Hill with a local guide who speaks in your language.

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Duration 3 hours
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Private Old Town highlights tour with Wawel Hill, Cathedral and Castle courtyard
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Private Old Town highlights tour with Wawel Hill, Cathedral and Castle courtyard

Discover the highlights of Krakow's Old Town and learn about it's monuments on a 3-hour private guided tour. See Wawel Hill, Wawel Castle and it's Cathedral.

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Duration 3 hours
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3-day Museum & Attraction Pass in Krakow
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3-day Museum & Attraction Pass in Krakow

Get access to over 40 museums in Krakow and explore the city at your own pace. Visit the most popular sites such as Oscar Schindler's Factory, Eagle Pharmacy and St. Mary's Basilica.

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Wawel Cathedral entrance ticket and guided tour
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Wawel Cathedral entrance ticket and guided tour

Book your Wawel Cathedral entrance ticket including a tour with a local guide. Explore the richest part of Wawel Hill, discover the Kings burial chambers and see Sigmund's bell.

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Duration 1 hour 15 minutes
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Skip-the-line Wawel Castle and Old Town 4-hour guided tour in Krakow
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Skip-the-line Wawel Castle and Old Town 4-hour guided tour in Krakow

Explore the history of Krakow and visit the interior of Wawel castle with skip-the-line tickets. See Wawel Hill, walk Royal Road and admire Old Town.

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Duration 4 hours
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Krakow family-friendly historical walking tour with Sweet Factory ticket
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Krakow family-friendly historical walking tour with Sweet Factory ticket

Book a family-friendly historical walking tour of Krakow with ticket to the Sweet Factory. Learn about the Old Town, Wawel Dragon and enjoy a hand-made sweets show.

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Duration 3 hours
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Reviews Wawel Castle

Andrea, 24 Aug 2015

“With this card you can get free transportation for 2 days and visit a wide variety of museums and attractions!. I Visited Schindler List Fabric, awesome experience.”

Marica, 30 Oct 2021
Hendrik Krijn, 07 Sept 2021

“Gezellige sfeer en informatie van de gebouwen langs de oever en over de stad Krakau.”

Evelin, 29 Aug 2021

“Die Führerin hat sich sehr gut gekümmert, sich auf uns eingestellt, sehr gut deutsch gesprochen und wir haben vieles über Polen gelernt.”

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