Wawel Royal Castle

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  • Address: Wawel Royal Castle, Wawel 5, Krakow, Poland
  • Timings: 09:30 am - 04:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +48-124225155
  • Ticket Price: Free
  • Tags: Art And Culture, Castle, Family And Kids, Architecture , Archaeological Site , Arts And Crafts

Wawel Royal Castle - Review

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A conspiracy theorist will no doubt wonder if there is something supernatural that attracts humans to Wawel. Archaeologists have shown the first human settlements on Wawel hill to be more than 50,000 years old. Now, there are other such sites scattered across the world, but Wawel is in the minority to have a castle built on it and become a centre of power. During medieval times, from the 11th to the 16th centuries AD the Wawel Castle was the Polish royalty’s seat of power. It was the site of all coronations and all royal funerals. The long history and the large size of the castle means it had enough time and space to change. There are renovations and additions from each era, medieval, gothic and renaissance. The Castle today, in addition to being an architectural beauty, houses one of Poland’s premier art museums, with an important collection of Italian Renaissance paintings. Of significant note are the Wawel treasures, over a hundred historical and cultural artefacts that were kept at Wawel, looted by German forces and then restored to their original owners. One of them is Coronation Sword of Poland, Szczerbiec, was used to crown Polish monarchs for five centuries and is around 800 years old. The other, more important artefact is a copy of the Guttenberg Bible, one of the first works printed in movable type back in 1455, a landmark in human invention, something that led to cheaply produced books and the spread of knowledge that we take for granted now.

Wawel Royal Castle Information

  • It is an extremely large castle with many different exhibitions- the State Rooms, the Royal Private Apartments, the Crown Treasure and Armoury, collection of Oriental Art, the Dragon’s Den, Leonardo da Vinci’s “Lady with an Ermine” and many more. Each of them has their own ticket prices and opening and closing hours, all of which can be found at their website.
  • On certain days for certain exhibits there is free admission. Read the website to find out where on which days. Arrive early because the free tickets are limited in number and are usually gone by noon.
  • Check the website and call ahead to see if you can see all the exhibitions you want to see without wasting too much time. Proper planning is required as there are many things to see at Wawel Castle.
  • Each exhibition needs separate tickets, and if you are a budget traveller (money or time-wise), read up and trim the fat. Don’t visit the exhibits you find unnecessary.
  • Since it is a major tourist attraction there is almost always a massive crowd. Get there early and buy your tickets in advance.
  • Luggage is not allowed inside, backpacks, bags, strollers and umbrellas included and must be checked into their luggage room.
  • There are many restaurants in the old town and two cafes on Wawel hill.

Wawel Royal Castle Opening and Closing Hours

  • December 24, December 25 and from November 1 until March 31 all exhibitions are closed on Mondays. 
  • Closed on the first Monday of every month.
  • The Wawel Hill is accessible to visitors daily since April through September from 6:00 am to 8:00 pm and since October through March from 6:00 am to 5:00 pm.

How To reach Wawel Royal Castle by Public Transport

  • The buses numbered 124, 152, 304, 424, 502 and the trams numbered 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 10, 13, 14, 18, 19, 20, 24 and 52 can be taken here. The stop is the Main Market Square. Wawel Castle is only a ten minute walk from there.

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  • Wawel Royal Castle Address: Wawel Royal Castle, Wawel 5, Krakow, Poland
  • Wawel Royal Castle Contact Number: +48-124225155
  • Wawel Royal Castle Timing: 09:30 am - 04:00 pm
  • Wawel Royal Castle Price: Free
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  • 95% of people who visit Krakow include Wawel Royal Castle in their plan

  • 50.14% of people start their Wawel Royal Castle visit around 09 AM - 10 AM

  • People usually take around 1 Hr to see Wawel Royal Castle

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68.1% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Wawel Royal Castle

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  • This location has multiple plus points; A great view of the city, beautiful buildings, museums and a nice spot to enjoy a drink. We visited the state rooms which were incredibly grand. It isn't a huge tour (which personally I liked) but does offer a unique insight into a royal residence. After, we explored the grounds taking in the views and went to grab a well deserved beer.

  • 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.

  • Beautiful castle on the hilltop. The exhibitions give a good overview about the royal lifestyle and history of the city. There are also two towers you can climb to get good views of the city. Book your tickets online as some of the exhibitions sell out especially for the weekend

  • 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.

  • This museum is a must-see and must-visit by any kind of tourist visiting Kraków. There is an open access area which anyone can go freely and enjoy the building by walking around, visiting the church (one of the most important of Kraków) and the nice views from the top (somewhat) of Kraków and the Vistula river. If you want to know more about the Castle there are paid options which are very interesting, but if will depend on the wish and the interests of each one. This place is very much relevant historically to the city of Kraków and to the whole Poland, so, due to that, this castle breath history and is a truly inspiration to any one.

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