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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  • The all the place is amazing. You can spend there all day. Lots of people are around there. On the tickets you will wait perhaps 30 minutes or less it depend which day you will come. There are restaur...  more »
  • Interiors medieval very disappointing guidance no french ticketing complicated some guided visits and d other not without reasons if you do not have too much time you can zap the other hand shops the wavel interesting and for all budgets
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  • Beautiful. A gem. A castle and cathedral complex with the dragon underfoot. The guided tour can be a bit heavy if you don't have interest in the interior of castles
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  • Amazing price of architecture. I couldn't believe he colours of the tiles and walls considering it's age. Clean and well kept. Great amenities. A great view from the top. Must see if in Krakow!
  • Well worth the walk just to admire the fascinating architecture of the castle, there are also multiple exhibitions in different sections. Walking outside and among the castle buildings is free although tickets are required for exhibitions. You can buy tickets to view each one separately so if there's something that doesn't appeal, it can be skipped!
  • Nice place to visit. The castle is stunning, found the exhibit viewing system a bit difficult as all the things we wanted to see had sold out. If you go get in very early and buy your tickets to the different areas
  • The Real Polish Monarchy Castle. Beautiful and amazing. You can feel the power and dignity of Poland as it was in the past, before the capital was moved to Warsaw. Beside troubles with getting in (huge queues) some parts like Cathedral, it is worth the time. Really must see!
  • The most important place to visit while being in Kraków. Great views on town (as it's situated on a hill), plenty of historical facts to discover along with 2-3 hours or tours inside the castle, well equipped treasury (with arms mostly), and lovely chapel in baroque style. A must for the tourists.

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Krakow ranks among one of Europe's increasingly popular tourist destinations, which is reflected in the rising costs of comfortable lodgings. The best hotels are concentrated in and around the historical old town, where five-star luxury comes at a very steep price. Old town hotels place you just steps from fine shops and restaurants, as well as the city's main museums and galleries. However, if your trip involves a tight budget, avoid the central district and check out mid-range hotels and economical hostels in one of the outlying neighborhoods.
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