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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
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 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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Things to Know Before Visiting Wawel Royal Castle
87.22% of people who visit Krakow include Wawel Royal Castle in their plan
09 AM - 10 AM
62.5% of people start their Wawel Royal Castle visit around 09 AM - 10 AM
People usually take around 1 Hr to see Wawel Royal Castle
92.59% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Wawel Royal Castle
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Wawel Royal Castle, Krakow Reviews
One of the best historical places in southern Poland. The castle has undergone major renovations over the last decade, all for the benefit of tourists. The paths inside and around the castle are wider and more even. Within the castle walls you will find a cafe where you can enjoy a drink and some traditional Polish pastries. Entrance to the castle is paid but very reasonable and worth the money. They've added restrooms in the main courtyard, near the cafe and some more hidden ones on the other side of the courtyard inside of the information office.
This is a great place to spend several hours of your day. Fantastic views. Lots of museums to see. Including the famous dragon. There are cafes you can stop at to enjoy a bite to eat and grab a drink. All while taking in the view. Then it is just a short walk down the hill to the river front where you can relax on the grass or one of the benches, take a stroll along the river front. Or hop on a boat for a river tour. In highly recommend making this one of your stops while visiting Krakow.
Been there three times, every time I'm positively surprised by the quality of tours :) The ticket office is strategically placed, though if you want to buy a full tour, you need to get there early, because group size is limited and sometimes, around 10am, you can get a ticket for a group at 3pm. Whole Castle is full of small restaurants and coffee shops, which, although overpriced, allow for easy access to a quick snack to rejuvenate after a long tour. As for WC, they are free and plenty of them, but I recommend not waiting to the last second, since the queues can get quite lengthy. All in all, there is fun to be had in every single area of the castle. Definitely recommend.
Being Australian, we do not have "historic" places like in Poland or Europe. Hence the intrigue into castles, old towns etc, Wawel Castle was the first castle that we visited on our tour and hearing the history of the castle and the other structures within its walls was fascinating. The Wawel Cathedral located inside the castle was amazing, and the fact that the mausoleums of several Polish kings were inside was incredible. The legend of the the dragons o Krakow was also told to us and we could see dragon sculptures and well as rainwater down-pipes styled like dragons everywhere inside the castle as well as around the town. Architecture was Gothic / Romanesque / Renaissance with amazing sculptures and carvings. Well worth seeing with a tour guide and spending at least half a day exploring the vast property.
There is only one way to describe my visit here. Magical. A visit full of history. Hundreds of years of history surrounding you. Listen to the knowledgeable guides telling you about all those who ruled from here fills the mind with awe. A must place to visit.