Smocza Jama (Dragon's Cave), Krakow

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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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  • Dragon's den-known: the legend and the cave. However, it is worth to know that tickets are purchased not only before the entrance into the cavity (in the season still a long queue), but in the Wawel Royal Castle in the normal checkout:) And the cheap tickets.
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  • We chose to do it first thing in the castle. We were already tired because of the uphill we had to walk on. We were very sad when we realized that at the end we went out again outside the castle. The ...  more »
  • There was nothing special to look at, just a (short) tunnel dug into the rock. Very fresh. The nominal price makes feasible the experience. To do as last thing: in fact, eventually leaving the Castle.
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  • Smallish cave to explore down a lot of stairs, but a fun way to exit the castle for very little money.
  • Who doesn't want to explore the cave? I mean, it is the home to the famous Wawel Dragon! Plenty of fun to be had and you don't have to bring flashlights.
  • The biggest attraction for children. The enter on the Wawel Hill. Ticket regulär 3zloties, Children -7 years old free tickets.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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