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Wawel Royal Castle

Wawel 5, Krakow 31-001 , Poland
+48 12 422 51 55
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Krakow City Highlights Tour
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Ranked #13 of 116 Attractions in Krakow
Type: Castles, Historic Sites, Historic Walking Areas, Cultural
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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 independent Polish state and today contains a priceless collection of 16th-century Flemish tapestries, considered to be one of the largest in the world.
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Gloucester
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204 reviews 204 reviews
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159 helpful votes 159 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014 NEW

Huge imposing site on the top of the hill overlooking a bend in the Vistula river. A must do if you are interested in Polish history and art treasures.The varying architecture of the buildings is amazing and the huge courtyard and gardens well tended and very beautiful. You can wander this area for free and what I liked was that... More

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Swansea, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

Amazing architecture and wonderfull view of the city of Krakow. The castle is really worth a visit. Stroll amongst tourists and locals right to the highest point.

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Carnoustie, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

Took a walk up to the castle on a sunny day and wow the views are incredible. The buildings on the inside are also amazing and the cathedral was lovely. It's a nice walk and make sure you enter the courtyard.

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Worthing, United Kingdom
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

Well laid out with English labeling on exhibits. For reasons unexplained (perhaps age!) we were admitted free.

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Malta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

Wavel Castle should be a highlight of one’s visit to Krakow. Not only because it sits impressively on the hill over the Vistula river, but because it is a symbol of pride for Krakow and for the polish people. Visiting this historical landmark is an experience in visiting one of Europe’s significant royal palaces, for its imposing ramparts, its inner... More

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Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

This is a great place to visit, we enjoyed a guided tour with a local guide. This was an excellent way to learn something about the history of the castle, cathedral and the city itself. The grounds and gardens are superbly tended. It was also good to hear the monks chanting. The architecture is lovely too. It is worth seeing... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

This is a great opportunity to get more informed about the history of Poland. The castle is very beautiful and located in front of the river, offering a nice view. I strongly recommend the visit, specially the cathedral inside the castle, it is impressive.

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Midlands England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

A couple of exhibits were closed being November. The Castle was thoroughly enjoyable to visit. We were very lucky to see the Leonardi da Vinci picture Lady with an Ermine that was on exhibit.Excellent cafe and facilities.Be aware there are quite a few steps inside to negotiate. Best advice we read was to go early ( there is a number... More

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King's Lynn, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

Unfortunately we had little time so were only able to walk round. There's various exhibitions, a tower you can climb (wooden stairs on the outside), there's a cafe, lovely gardens, great views. Had to leave for the airport too soon.

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Vienna
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

This time I just walked around the castle, admiring the yard, the Cathedral and all the different views of the places from all different sides. I went down to the Vistula River and walked past Smok Wawelski (Polish version of the Nessie) and admired the imposing view of the castle from the riverside. I noticed that you can take take... More

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