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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 126 attractions in Krakow
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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St louis, France
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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

The organisation to buy tickets for the castle is bad! Firstly, it is complicated to understand what tickets you need to buy.....and if you happen to be in a group who do not want to visit the same parts (you have to pay for all separately) it is even more complicated which means that the queue is long and slow......so... More

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Horsham, United Kingdom
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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

Plenty to see and so well preserved. Take your time to walk around - it's a big place and worth it. To see the Polish culture and how the royals lived from oil paintings was lovely.

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Dublin, Ireland
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249 reviews 249 reviews
57 attraction reviews
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

The castle grounds and the various different buildings contained within it are impressive and extensive. The cathedral and the treasury are not to be missed and there's also a tower which offers fantastic views across the castle complex and the surrounding town. Well worth a few hours exploration.

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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78 reviews 78 reviews
23 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

I went on a Monday, be warned a lot of exhibits closed on a Monday, the grounds are lovely shame I didn't get to see the rest as returned home on the Tuesday

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London
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63 reviews 63 reviews
26 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

For the Beauty of this Castle this much I can say ; Been to Versailles obviously Grander but for enjoyment is on par ! If the weather is good ,was on the day of my visit, the sheer splendid appearance of the Hill Top Royal Residence justifies the Title and reminding the visitors this place was indeed been occupied by... More

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Krakow, Poland
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

The first time I saw the Wawel-Castle I couldn't believe my eyes - size and splenour exceeded my expectations by far. Knowing now that Poland was a vast empire in the middle ages, stretching from the Baltic to the Black Sea at times, the Wawel is the approprite residence for the rulers of this empire.

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Enniskillen, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

we went and walked around the grounds of the castle, it was a beautiful day and the castle looked stunning. you could spend a few hours walking around and looking at it.

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devon
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32 reviews 32 reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

A very historic mix of buildings. Beautiful to walk in the grounds for free, only 15 minutes walk from the square. Stunning views of the river and city from here.

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Leven, United Kingdom
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

This was a great visit and free, it only costs you money if you want to go into the muesums within the walls. The cathedral is worth a visit, it was stunning. The small bar served snacks and coffee and unlike the UK you did not feel like you had been mugged when you paid the bill....

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Edinburgh, Scotland
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87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

Gets busy and they restrict the number of visitors per day so you need to go early. Very large and lots to see. Can be expensive if you see each attraction as they charge separately for different areas !

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