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 den was closed when we visited but we walked along the river to view the dragon statue close up - it breathes fire every few minutes. Great for kids and big kids alike!  more »
  • This Dragon, whose curious legend attaches to the name of the city, represents a nice attraction located at the foot of the Wawel Hill on the Bank of the river. Every few minutes it spits fire! Very strong both for small is for older children. Inevitable indexed under fire.
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  • Great day off with family. Lovely cave with dragon outside and same flames too. Zamek Wawelski nearby and Vistula river  more »
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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.