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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 135 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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Birkenhead, United Kingdom
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40 reviews 40 reviews
6 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW via mobile

We walked up to the castle on the last day of our trip. What a perfectly kept attraction that it is impossible not to be impressed by. The cathedral is also stunning within the grounds and the views of the river are great. Well worth a stroll up the hill.

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Louisville, Kentucky
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Nice day out, big crowds but not overwhelming. There's a nice little cafe in the middle of the buildings to take a break and relax.

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Miami, Florida
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20 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

We visited the castle in May, and pre-booked tickets(timed entries per exhibit) on the advice of our hotel concierge at the Sheraton. Each attraction/building within the castle except for the Cathedral, have timed entries and we were advised to get there early before the crowds and bus loads of tourists. This was good advice! It was a little confusing to... More

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Wilkesboro, North Carolina
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26 reviews 26 reviews
12 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

Wawel Royal Castle consists of 5 museums (and sometimes an extra exhibit). Timed admission tickets may be purchased for any combination of the museums/exhibits. The entire Castle takes about 2 hours to tour (or maybe more if it is crowded), but it is a highlight of Krakow. The best hting about the Castle (and the Cathedral and all of Krakow)... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

Visited here last year and my jaw hit the ground shame there is nothing like this back home so much history, beauty & culture in one area lovely views

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Dartmouth, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

We stayed very close to the castle so were able to visit multiple times and this made it easier. There is a lot to see especially if you go through the exhibits. As some mentioned you have to pay for each separate area and some have specific times so it was difficult to see everything in one visit. We ended... More

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Please be aware that tickets are timed and you should try to get to the ticket office before 10AM...or book the day before you go.. Tours in English & Polish to the State rooms; Royal rooms and other attractions. Krakow Cathedral is also on this hill: many Polish Kings are buried there as well as other polish greats like Prince... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

A good uphill walk from the centre of town which is worth the climb for the views alone. The castle and cathedral buildings are magnificent and a pleasure to stroll around. I didn't enter the rooms or exhibitions, but these are meant to be great. One thing I would say is not to waste your money on visiting the Dragons'... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Really beautiful castle with great views over krakow! I didn't see any of the paid areas, but there was a great clasical music orchestra playing in one of the squares and having a beer in the castle, overlooking the city around sunset was sublime!

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Frankfurt, Germany
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

I personally was not impressed with Wawel Castle. But...my husband and his son loved it. One could probably spend an entire day here as there are several options for touring the facility. We only chose one, and it was more of a "guy thing". On exhibit were many different weapons, armor, helmets, etc. While I found it mildly interesting, I... More

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