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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. Put Wawel Royal Castle into our Krakow itinerary planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Krakow.
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  • Were guided in this castle, went around it all. Interesting, beautiful, informative. Open vistas of the city
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  • After seeing many other castles, palaces in Europe & Russia, it was not that impressive. To know its history, one must take guided tour. When we went, the place was crowded with many tourists. So less...  more »
  • We visited the castle on Sunday morning the Interior attractions ticket was free. We've seen the Lady with an ermine by Leonardo Da Vinci (wonderful) the Hall with armor (very nice) and finally the walls and foundations of the Castle.
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  • Really nice area to visit in Krakow. The castle is really big and it is close to the river. Very amazing view. I was there few times and it is even more beautiful in summer. I really recommend everyone to go there.
  • Castle is fine not that impressive as i thing. Mutxh better is catedral. On castle they have well organized system but they selling only few ticket on a day with exact enterence time. Somif you dont come in good time you maybe dont castch what you want to see. We have seen armory and juwelery I was expecting more. Then we saw representation places they was better and last we saw drahon cave that was fun and special armosphere but expect litle more. Xompare to other museums like undergownd of rinek.
  • The symbol of Krakow you must see. It's full of history. I advise you to visit it with a guide.
  • Beautiful place! If you visit Krakow, this is a castle that should be visited. The shop has very nice souvenirs and gifts. It has a beautiful and large central court, beautiful rooms and the area where the sword collection is presented is worth seeing. The employees are polite and helpful.
  • A must visit place if you're in Krakow. A beautiful royal castle on a hill near downtown. Lots of things to see and buildings to check out and finally a beautiful panorama view of the city that shines on a nice day...