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Address: Wawel 5, Krakow 31-001 , Poland
Phone Number: +48 12 422 51 55
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Hours:
Sun 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tue - Sat 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: No
Description: Serving as a royal residence and the site where the country's rulers...
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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Even just wandering the grounds is nice at the castle, especially if the flowers and trees are in bloom. If you do the State Rooms, you also get access to the clocks collection... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 25, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

Even just wandering the grounds is nice at the castle, especially if the flowers and trees are in bloom. If you do the State Rooms, you also get access to the clocks collection which was almost more interesting than the state rooms! The guide signs in the state rooms are good, but probably hiring a guide would make it a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

This castle is huge and sits above the Wista River in all its glory - look out for the Dragon and take a good walk around the grounds and admire the buildings or go inside some of them , some you pay for and others are free ( but cost wise all very reasonable)

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Chester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

Quite unique , you can get a ticket to cover , armoury, oriental art , lost wawel, dragons den , cathedral tower, state rooms and Royal private apartments. There is also a café in the grounds which serves coffee , cakes and some sandwiches . We visited the State Rooms ( on our own ) and joined a tour around... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

I was very reluctant when coming to visit the castle. I thought, "Oh another Castle in Europe. What else is new?" The tapestries. That is what was new. My tour guide was excellent in explaining the meaning behind their prominence, with added detail in cost and function. Did you know the kings could have waged a small war with the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

Great court yard. Awesome for just hanging out with friends and people watching. Free on Sundays. So go ahead and check out the interiors, lavishly decorated with centuries old tapestries and paintings.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Kraków is a great place to visit - not just for the stag and hen parties but also regular tourists who are interested in Poland and polish history. Great castle and the bell was a highlight too. Would definitely visit again. Some great gift shops and lovely people!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

There is lots to see here. Many rooms with paintings and sculptures. Great location at the top of a hill.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 via mobile

We visited the castle area as the finale to our excellent walking tour of Kraków but only scratched the surface so returned later to explore in more detail. There is so much to see there, from the ornate interior of the cathedral to the scale of the castle courtyard and the views across the city. This is a must do... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

Beautiful views across the city and the river when you get up to the castle. Entrance to the castle is free, and you pay for various tours. We did the Royal Apartments and the State Room. Both were very interesting and beautiful.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

This castle stands on a hill near the river Vistula. If you go up there you have some spectacular views of the city. I wouldn't recommend entrance indoors for non history lovers. It's more impressive externally.

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