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Wawel Royal Castle

Wawel 5, Krakow 31-001 , Poland
+48 12 422 51 55
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Ranked #18 of 139 Attractions in Krakow
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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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Riga, Latvia
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74 reviews 74 reviews
37 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

The castle is the most important and even sacral place for Poland history: it was the residence of Polish kings during 5 centuries. A “must see” for every Krakow’s tourist; even short visit (entrance is free of charge) worth: you’ll see fascinating castle buildings, panoramic views on Krakow and even fire-spitting dragon. But if you have a couple hours, don’t... More

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Belgium
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

treasury museum showed different artifacts beautifully presented. also the different weapons were clearly and diverse showed and also excellent for children. all in all.was the castle a good place to visit. minor drawback were the long queues to get the different tickets which was badly organised.

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Tours, France
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

Definitely reserve your tickets in advance so you can avoid the queues. We had a guided tour of the Royal apartments which was interesting (although spoiled by the screaming kids) and paid the extra to view the Leonardo da Vinci painting, Lady with an Ermine which was held in what was the Queens' apartments. When we left we tried to... More

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Auckland, New Zealand
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85 reviews 85 reviews
29 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 NEW

A tour of the castle helps give a perspective on the history of Krakow. Its location on the hill is easy to get to. Queuing for tickets for different events/exhibitions may take time but worth it. Look out for special exhibitions - we were lucky enough to view Leonardo da Vinci's Lady with Ermine.

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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86 reviews 86 reviews
12 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 NEW via mobile

A remarkable place - the nearest thing in England would be if Westminster Abbey, Windsor Castle and a bit of Buckingham Palace were all rolled it one on the same site. You could easily spend a day here - and, if you do, make sure you have one of the speciality hot chocolate drinks while you sit on the terrace... More

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Albany, New York
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

The castle is very large. Displays a variety of architectural styles and periods. The "State Rooms" are many, very large, ornately painted, massive coffered ceilings, gigantic tapestries and ornately worked wood furniture which the royalty collected from across Europe. The line for tickets to the State Rooms, the Private Chambers, the treasury and armory and some other options took 1... More

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Cairo, Egypt
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

as you walk towards wawel and you go up to the castle, you see the gate, the chains, the graden and the high stone fence you suddenly imagine a narrator saying "in the land of far far away, there was once a dragon...." and the guide shocks you by saying that YES there is a dragon involved....I loved the construction... More

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Canberra
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128 reviews 128 reviews
58 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

The tour of the Royal Chambers was with an excellent guide who explained aspects of Polish history as well as the objects we were seeing. The Castle has a fabulous courtyard area and the grounds are well maintained.

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Budapest
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014 via mobile

Beautiful internal square, looks especially good in the afternoon light. It was crowded and under reconstruction.

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Chippenham
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8 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

we would recommend a visit to the castle with its historic past and plenty to see and do.. it also has a small restaurant where you can buy food and drink

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