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Wawel Royal Castle

Wawel 5, Krakow 31-001 , Poland
+48 12 422 51 55
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As featured in 3 days in Krakow
Ranked #11 of 125 attractions in Krakow
Type: Castles, Historic Sites, Historic Walking Areas
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Serving as a royal residence and the site where the country's rulers governed Poland for five centuries (1038-1596), this castle is a symbol of the... more » Owner description: Serving as a royal residence and the site where the country's rulers governed Poland for five centuries (1038-1596), this castle is a symbol of the independent Polish state and today contains a priceless collection of 16th-century Flemish tapestries, considered to be one of the largest in the world. « less
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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78 reviews 78 reviews
23 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

I went on a Monday, be warned a lot of exhibits closed on a Monday, the grounds are lovely shame I didn't get to see the rest as returned home on the Tuesday

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London
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63 reviews 63 reviews
26 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

For the Beauty of this Castle this much I can say ; Been to Versailles obviously Grander but for enjoyment is on par ! If the weather is good ,was on the day of my visit, the sheer splendid appearance of the Hill Top Royal Residence justifies the Title and reminding the visitors this place was indeed been occupied by... More

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Krakow, Poland
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

The first time I saw the Wawel-Castle I couldn't believe my eyes - size and splenour exceeded my expectations by far. Knowing now that Poland was a vast empire in the middle ages, stretching from the Baltic to the Black Sea at times, the Wawel is the approprite residence for the rulers of this empire.

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Enniskillen, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

we went and walked around the grounds of the castle, it was a beautiful day and the castle looked stunning. you could spend a few hours walking around and looking at it.

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devon
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32 reviews 32 reviews
22 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

A very historic mix of buildings. Beautiful to walk in the grounds for free, only 15 minutes walk from the square. Stunning views of the river and city from here.

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Leven, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

This was a great visit and free, it only costs you money if you want to go into the muesums within the walls. The cathedral is worth a visit, it was stunning. The small bar served snacks and coffee and unlike the UK you did not feel like you had been mugged when you paid the bill....

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Edinburgh, Scotland
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85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

Gets busy and they restrict the number of visitors per day so you need to go early. Very large and lots to see. Can be expensive if you see each attraction as they charge separately for different areas !

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Loughborough
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

This is a huge castle and chapels that dominates the Kracow skyline. It was the home for Poland's rulers for many years and offers great views over the city and back over the river Vistula. We were here when the fabulous Magnolia trees were in bloom. There were University field trips from Newcastle Uni back in the UK Polish kids... More

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Krakow, Poland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

My only complaint is that the staff was not very friendly. Oh well! Still worth the visit! However, if I had to pick between the two, I would go to the Warsaw Castle and just visit the grounds at Wawel. The Cathedral at Wawel is a must!

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Budoia, Italy
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

Beautiful Castle and grounds. Love the story and cave of the dragon that tormented Krakow. A must see while in Krakow!

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