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Wawel Royal Castle

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Address: Wawel 5, Krakow 31-001 , Poland
Phone Number: +48 12 422 51 55
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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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An impressive set of buildings

Lots of different things to see and good views from up high, the cathedral was an example of incremental building!

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 25, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

Lots of different things to see and good views from up high, the cathedral was an example of incremental building!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

A "must see" point on your tour of Krakow. Remarkable castle, great tour through the king's apartments.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

We have seen many, many castles, and probably wouldn't give anything less than three stars unless it was totally fake. Wawel has a nice combination of things. First, you can simply walk up and around without paying a cent, or a zloty in this case. You can't go in to exhibits, but I really like castles where you can feel... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

Wawel Castle is based on Wawel Hill in it's own area It has archaeological sites, museums, the Cathedral, forts and towers - it's brilliant - only 5 mins on the tram out of the centre of Krakow

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Healesville, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

I love history and I love architecture. Wawel Royal Castle is an amazing mix of both things and it's a must visit when you're in Krakow.

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

Pretty good, however not much information in English. Museum curators act like your about to rob the crown jewels when they're not gossiping or asleep in their chair (true story)

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

The castle sights are world class, particularly the Leonardo painting but the organisation is just crass. They could improve by having one central location for ticket purchase. We followed directions to the booth to be told it was for Cathedral tickets. Directed across the square, we arrived at the State Apartments. The Polish nationals seemed to be able to pay... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

This building has an spectacular architecture and some gardens to roam around freely. Definitely worth some shots on the top over the city and the river. Also, don't forget to take a picture down there with the dragon (the symbol of Krakow) that actually breathes fire every now and then for an epic photo!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

Enjoyed the castle. Wandered thought without a guide. Felt like we got the favor. Clean and well presented

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

Beautiful tour available in english if you prefer, great souvenirs. A must if you are visiting Krakow.

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