Smocza Jama (Dragon's Cave), Krakow
(3.5/5 based on 180 reviews on the web)
Smocza Jama is a limestone cave in the Wawel Hill in Kraków. Owing to its location in the heart of the former Polish capital and its connection to the legendary Wawel Dragon, it is the best known cave in Poland.MorphologySmocza Jama has two entrances, one natural and one artificial — a 19th-century waterwork well. They are connected by three large chambers. A side passage, discovered in 1974, leads under the St. Stanislaus and St. Wenceslaus's Cathedral. In the underground pools lives a rare crustacean troglobiont, Niphargus tatrensis, relict of the Tertiary sea fauna.Smocza Jama has the length of 276 m and vertical range of 15 m.HistorySmocza Jama was first mentioned on the turn of the 12th century in Wincenty Kadłubek's Chronica Polonorum, which is also the source of the first known version of the Wawel Dragon legend, later further developed by Jan Długosz and Marcin Bielski. The name of the cave was first given in 1551 in Marcin Bielski's Kronika wszystkiego świata.
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  • Towards the end of the Wawel Castle, in a common ticket can I buy tickets for the cave of the Dragon. Dim inside, was lit by the light here and there, but that is not quickly that has been in a while. I think I had especially. Exit the Dragon statue and so breathe fire. So I did not missed.
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  • Attraction mainly for children. Wawel Dragon breathes fire, a few moments in the cool cave under the ground, The toy.
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  • In earlier posts I read that this attraction mainly for children. In my opinion, can also appeal to older if they read the book about the adventures of Baltazar sponge. Outside, there is a monument of the Dragon and breathe fire every few minutes, and it attracts many tourists who want to take a picture with the Dragon. Especially worth it when, on a hillside, next to the beautiful route for walking.
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  • It's a small cave, but be under the castle is pretty amazing. The entrance fee is not to high (€3). Outside there's a dragon statue who breath fires every 5 minutes.
  • Zejście po krętych schodach i kilka komór jaskini. Frajdatdla dzieci. Bilety warto kupić w kasie głównej bez kolejki, zamiast w automacie przy wejściu do jaskini.
  • Frankly speaking, as a cave, Smocza Jama was an average one among those I had seen so far. But I liked the feeling of vertigo while I used the narrow and steep spiral stairs to go down. After I reached the bottom, an easy short walk led me to an exit right below the Wawel Hill where I met the fire-breathing Wawel's Dragon.
  • Great place to visit especially with kids.
  • Small but cool cave at 3zł per person.