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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  • It was a lot of stairs that takes you down in a spiral way ... I felt I bit dizzy. The cave is just a cave... But the statue of a dragon outside is nice ... So you can come from the outside and see th...  more »
  • Pay to go down the spiral stairs and through the caves, but don't forget to swing by the dreagon at night as well, his fire is 100 times more amazing at night.  more »
  • ...and also the fire brething dragon in front of the cave. It used to brethe fire regularly but now you have to wait and, if you are really, really lucky, see the fire blown by the steel dragon.  more »
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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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