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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Wawel Royal Castle, Krakow Reviews

  • There’s a LOT of misconceptions about tickets for the castle. You can’t buy tickets online and even one of our guides from the free tour gave us incorrect information. We checked several online guides and all were completely useless. Here’s the scoop: there are two main ticket booths where you can buy tickets for all of the attractions owned by the State. Credit cards are accepted. There are a limited number of tickets per day for The State Rooms, The Royal Private Apartments, The Oriental Art and The Crown Treasury and Armoury museums where you’ll be given specific entry times for each so it’s hard to plan your day in advance. It’s best to get there early before things sell out. If you want to climb the Cathedral Bell Tower (called Sigismund Bell) or the Royal Tombs you have to purchase separate tickets at a different ticket booth opposite the Cathedral where you must pay in cash. The Cathedral itself is free to enter every day. Other museums have free days occasionally but it's still not clear when. Climbing the tower is not too hard and is fun. Unfortunately there are only small windows on top to see through. It would be much better if there was an observation platform of some sort. Don't bother with a ticket to the Dragon's Den. It's really not that interesting. It is expensive but it's just a long cave with nothing to see. It will take you out to the sculpture of a fire breathing dragon, which you can see separately (and for free). Don't miss that! Even if you don't wish to pay to see the museums the grounds are open to the public and they make for a lovely outing. There is a coffee shop just south of the main entrance that has very good coffee, excellent pre-made sandwiches and some of the best cookies that I ever ate.

  • One of the main historical must visit place of Krakow. Chill in inner yard, walk along the wall and go down to the dragon cave (available in summer season). Stunning view to the riverside and lot of hidden things to discover. Take free walking tour if you want to know more. It will be the last point of walk)

  • Beautiful interior gardens in July.Be prepared for much walking and climbing. Nice cafe areas to sit down, relax, have a cold drink and food. History and historical artifacts amazing. Will go again when I return to Poland. Did not hire a guide and was disappointed. I had so many questions. Will be getting a guide next time. Enjoy!

  • This is a royal castle, what else do you need to know. A good reminder of previous ages. Tombs on Kings and queens of past, the artifacts that belonged to them and the surroundings they saw every day. Walk the alleys that were the route for chariots of dukes and other nobles, see the views that the guardians of this castle saw 300 years ago. I know this may be said about any other castle, but this one remains at a glorious look and condition. One more interesting fact, if you want to have a wedding in the same place where Kings of old had - you will be surprised how low is the price.

  • Wawel Castle and Cathedral are stunning examples of medieval architecture. The castle museums and Cathedral museums are extremely informative and filled with fascinating information about the history of the castle and it's development. You can choose to visit only some parts of the castle when you visit or all of them depending on what you ask for on your ticket. There are two tickets offices at opposite parts of the castle and you purchase cathedral tickets (for crypt and bell tower) at a separate ticket office. The tickets had times written on for the different parts if the castle but when we were there (June) we didn't need to stick to those times. Lovely scenic views of old town and also beautiful buildings to view in the royal compound area.

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