Wawel Royal Castle, Krakow

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Visit Wawel Royal Castle to see the home of Poland's kings for several centuries that now features one of the country's major art museums. Ransacked and vandalized numerous times, the castle was plagued with foreign invaders until the early decades of the 20th century. The art museum was established in 1930. Take the short walk from Krakow's Old Town, and you'll be rewarded with a vast collection of Italian Renaissance paintings, prints, tapestries, and sculptures. The museum is also a center for conservation of exotic works. Be sure to visit Europe's largest collection of Ottoman tents. To see everything in a single day, arrive as early as you can. Arrange your visit to Wawel Royal Castle and discover more family-friendly attractions in Krakow using our Krakow online trip maker .
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  • We had a walk around the grounds and went into the cathedral. Its a great viewing point of the river and surrounding area. I would recommend booking the tour to get the advantage of the beautiful buil...  more »
  • It was nice to walk around and see the views but I wouldn’t really class it as a main attraction or somewhere to spend a whole day. The history is interesting and the building itself is beautiful to l...  more »
  • Walked around the outer walls of the castle, some good views of the river and city. Highly recommend going on an organised tour to get the full experiece of the castle, something we will do on our nex...  more »
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  • Wawel Castle is a must see when visiting Krakow! The museums are all separate expenses which can add up if you want to see everything however even if you just walk around and don't go to any of the exhibits it is tremendous fun. The structures and exterior stone work is lovely - the courtyard is beautiful! It is a bit of a walk up the hill but the view from the top is well worth it. The castle is well maintained, clean and taken care of by friendly people. The cafe is pretty nice as well.
  • Really cool castle and the cathedral is simply stunning (plus all the Polish royalty's beautiful tombs here since the Middle Ages is so cool). It's also awesome that most of the things to go to are free, you just need to get a ticket for them. However a bunch of places weren't open when we came (can't remember why) and it was a normal time on a normal weekday (including the towers) so we didn't get to see everything we wanted to. Still, it is a beautiful castle steeped in history.
  • What a spot.... Its unbelievably beautiful and interesting city called Krakow! We stayed there for 3 nights but it wasn't enough time to enjoy the Polish culture and history at the same time. Wawel Royal Castle is only 1 of the many interesting places in Krakow to be. There is elevated few of the downtown of the city! Beautiful scenery of the river and its extremely beautiful in the evening on the before the sunset. It actually has romantic glow on the angle of the sunset if you in the coffee bar on far side of the square. 5 Stars is not enough for this Place!
  • Spent a couple of hours visiting the castle and Wawel Cathedral which is within it's walls. To walk round the castle grounds is free of charge. There were a number of exhibitions held in different buildings within the castle where you had to purchase tickets. There is a lovely cafe outside and there are nice views of the Vistula river and Krakow. You can also see the Wawel Dragon from the castle and every five minutes it breathes fire. The Cathedral is free of charge and holds the burial tombs of the old Kings and Queens of Poland as Krakow used to be the capital. You should definitely visit the castle when staying in Krakow.
  • Nice and peaceful place with a nice view towards the city. Very nice for who's into history and castle visiting. However not much to see, especially in the church is closed for service (pay attention for Catholic celebrations because it will be closed too visitors) and there are not many places where you can sit. Nice garden though
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