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
Attractions & guided tours

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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Wawel Castle and Wawel Hill audioguided tour
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Wawel Castle and Wawel Hill audioguided tour

Explore Wawel Hill in Krakow which is one of the most significant places in Poland. Visit Wawel Castle during your audio guided tour.

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Wawel Castle's Greatest Exhibitions with English Guide
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Wawel Castle's Greatest Exhibitions with English Guide

Explore the Royal Wawel Castle, one of the most spectacular castles in Europe, with an expert English-speaking guide and learn about the history of Polish Kings.

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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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Krakow private walking tour including Kazimierz
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Krakow private walking tour including Kazimierz

Enjoy a private tour of Krakow including the Jewish district of Kazimierz. Learn about the city's history from your professional guide

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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, and visit the most popular sites such as Oscar Schindler's Factory, Eagle Pharmacy and St. Mary's Basilica.

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Guided Wawel tour with lunch and Vistula River cruise
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Guided Wawel tour with lunch and Vistula River cruise

Book a Wawel Hill, Castle and Cathedral guided tour with lunch and cruise by catamaran included. Visit one of Poland's top attractions and learn how the Polish monarchy used to live.

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Krakow Wawel Castle and Cathedral guided tour
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Krakow Wawel Castle and Cathedral guided tour

Book your Krakow Wawel Castle and Cathedral guided tour to see the Royal chambers of former Polish kings including the permanent exhibition of recreated rooms from the Renaissance and Baroque periods.

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Wawel Castle, Cathedral and Wieliczka Salt Mine guided tour with lunch
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Wawel Castle, Cathedral and Wieliczka Salt Mine guided tour with lunch

Book a tour to Wawel Royal Castle and Wieliczka salt mine with lunch and transportation included. Learn about the lives of the former kings inside their State Rooms then discover the secrets hidden 340 meters underground at the UNESCO World Heritage salt mine.

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Krakow Old Town and Wawel castle guided tour
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Krakow Old Town and Wawel castle guided tour

Walk through the Royal Route, admire the Franciscan Monastery and visit the Wawel Castle.

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Sightseeing cruise on the Vistula river in Krakow
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Sightseeing cruise on the Vistula river in Krakow

Discover the highlights of Krakow from the Vistula, relax at the sound of the waves and have great fun.

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Reviews Wawel Castle

5/5
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.”

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Christopher, 25 Feb 2024
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Michèle, 11 Jan 2024

“Très belle visite, très complète et intéressante car nous pouvons le faire à notre propre rythme. Belle expérience, je recommande.”

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Laura, 30 Oct 2023

“Muy buena experiencia, si no quieres contratar un guía, está es la mejor manera, realmente te vas pagando en cada monumento, calle, etc y te explican toda la historia. La verdad que nos gustó mucho la experiencia y la repetiremos sin duda.Gracias”

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