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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 #12 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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44 reviews 44 reviews
28 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW via mobile

A visit to the castle is a must see while you are in Krakow he views are great and you can wind down the road into old town after your visit. You can wrap up your visit within an hour.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

long queue to buy tickets and when we got to buy our tickets could only get English speaking tour 4 hours later!!! You can buy tickets at each place you want to go to ...Perhaps join a Free Krakow Tour of the Castle would be an efficient use of your time.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Krakow was built on legends and stories, and you can feel them all emanating from the stones of this ancient castle. Well worth the walk up the hill! Every moment spent there, from climbing t o the top of the tower to the peace of the catacombs to the cheery atmosphere in the main court yard, this was a wonderful... More

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

This is a very old castle with a very great painting (the Leonardo). The castle was occupied by nazi troops in World War II and restored. Each room is guarded by some of the most unsmiling people I have ever seen in my life. They guard jealously against any photography. However, if you hire a guide, you get somewhat more... More

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Iowa, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Well of course you cannot come to Krakow and miss the royal castle which is beautiful and visiting it means you have to look out for the timed admission that will get you entry into the five museums that is open to the public. Though most of it is covered in payment certain exhibits and areas requires extra. I found... More

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Birkenhead, United Kingdom
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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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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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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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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

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

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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