Wawel Royal Castle, Krakow

Historic Walking Area · Castle
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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  • Since Wawel hill has been occupied by those who held power (roughly since around 1000 AD), the site has been the scene of construction, decline and reconstruction. The result is a complex that for...  more »
  • This was my second visit to Wawel, this time with an audio guide and now a guided tour. Since we visited previously the Wieliczka salt mine we didn't arrive before early afternoon. I had seen both...  more »
  • Poland is a wonderful country to visit, you can see lots of stuff. Once, Krakow was the capital of Poland, that's why there are so many wonderful and historic sites to see. One of them is the Wawel...  more »
  • Unfortunately we only had the chance to visit the Cathedral as the number of people admitted in the rest of the castle is limited for some strange reason. Also, no one informs you of this fact so that was a disappointment. Other than that, the cathedral is beautiful with all the different chapels, the royal tombs and the Sigismund's tower is definitely worth visiting.
  • The Wawel Royal Castle is probably the main attraction in Krakow and it you like medieval castles you will not be disappointed. You can visit (all guided visits, not wandering around) the interior of the castle which has a particular style, somehow sober compared to more eccentric castles in France or Italy. In particular they have a beautiful collection of Belgium tapestries.
  • Visited the castle on our second day in Kraków. The castle has many amazing structures. You are required to pay for separate tickets depending on what you wish to see while you are there as there is no main entry fee. Each exhibitions is displayed with such care and precision it makes for a wonderful viewing experience. I would highly recommend a visit. On a side note the Italian restaurant there is actually very food and the staff are very friendly
  • My best historical place to visit in Krakow. And the place of former Polish Kingdom glory too. The Wawel Royal Castle and the Wawel Hill constitute the most historically and culturally significant site in the country. In 1978 it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site as part of the Historic Centre of Kraków.
  • One of the highlights of my visit to Krakow - this Castle is full of several individual exhibits/museum's (each with their own entry fee, albeit cheap!) that delves into Kraków, and Poland's as a whole, rich history. From rooms full of weapons, to the beautiful cathedral and highly decorated stately rooms, there's plenty to see here - at least half a day is needed to see it all!

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