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 didn’t go inside due to time but it is free to enter the main grounds and it was so impressive! Really worth a visit if you can. 
    We didn’t go inside due to time but it is free to enter the main grounds and it was so impressive! Really worth a visit if you can.  more »
  • I visited here and walked around the outside. I was going to buy a ticket to look in some areas but was too confused as to which would be best. Maybe a full pass for everything would be a better idea....  more
    I visited here and walked around the outside. I was going to buy a ticket to look in some areas but was too confused as to which would be best. Maybe a full pass for everything would be a better idea....  more »
  • This place was amazing. The place was so big and the history was pretty damn good. The architecture of the buildings here were incredible. It is a must see absolutely beautiful 
    This place was amazing. The place was so big and the history was pretty damn good. The architecture of the buildings here were incredible. It is a must see absolutely beautiful  more »
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  • The view is fabulous. The parts you pay for are not terribly interesting. The Royal Gardens were a disappointment especially for a fee. We went in late May and very few flowering plants. I would skip this. The dragon lair is worth the admission. We went into the first floor of the Palace it was basically an art museum. Only one room was set up like a Palace room. The tapestry rooms were fascinating. We also paid to see Wawel lost and recovered. They were not that interesting. Although the lost Wawel let you walk through the old architecture. But I agree that one price for total access would be better. The ticket to the cathedral was worth it. The bell tower climb was very interesting. The crypt was amazing and the cathedral was beautiful.
  • Such an amazing place! Huge territory, many museum exhibitions, tidy. I didn't visit none of museum inside of the complex. But still it's outstanding! In reality it looks triple more impressive than on photos! Being in Krakow you can't miss that place! There are few restaurants inside of the complex.
  • The entrance itself gives you touristic, popular vibes. All the places are unique in their own way because of different historical backgrounds, and so is this place too. One thing we didn't like is the fact that we have to buy separate tickets for each place in the same compound. They can give an option to buy a combined ticket to visit all 6-7 places inside this compound.
  • A beautiful Castle! Rich with history throughout the entire castle grounds. If you don't want to pay to see the amazing exhibits (and I highly recommend those) you can also just do a quick walk through the castle courtyard as well and get some great historical information as well.
  • I didn't go to any of the museums but this place is amazing. Great picturesque collection of buildings with nice square in the middle. Since the place is elevated you can get some breathtaking views of the river from here. I would highly recommend a visit with sunny weather, stunning.

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