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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  • The Dragon's Den (Smoks Cave) at the Wawel Hill Royal Castle is nothing much to see and you can do it in about 5 minutes. Dating back to the 16th century these caves have a seedy history, associated w...  more »
  • I so wanted to see this, but we could not. I only write the review to tell readers that according the the sign we saw - the cave is closed from Nov 01 to March 31. I didnt find this info online so was...  more »
  • What a wonderful legend is there to this Dragon. The Dragon at the River at the bottom of the Wawel Hill fire spews out every 5 minutes. Especially with children, it is worthwhile to the Wawel to descend and then at the River to look at the Dragon in action. Oddly enough, the one day the Dragon did better than the other ...
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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.