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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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9:30 am - 4:00 pm
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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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Wawel castle was an absolutely gorgeous place. The views from the walls were brilliant and i definitely recommend a visit to the "dragons den" the stairs are a claustrophobe's... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 3, 2015
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Wrexham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

Wawel castle was an absolutely gorgeous place. The views from the walls were brilliant and i definitely recommend a visit to the "dragons den" the stairs are a claustrophobe's worst nightmare but its all worth it! Really looking forward to returning. I recommend a tour of the armoury and treasury!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

Beautifull architecture and surroundings. We enjoyed a guided tour through the private appartments of the royal family. Although, all the furniture isn't original anymore, the tour gives you an insight in the history of the castle and the way of living of the royal families many years ago. In addition, the tapestries are beautifull

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Stockholm, Sweden
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

Since we arrived on Sunday, the apartments were closed, how unfortunate. Interesting architectural building and cultural center for Krakow.

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

We just walked around the grounds and looked at the views of the city but it was worth visiting anyway. It gives a sense of the place without needing to pay for the attractions.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

The Cathedral / Church bit is beautiful, but that seems to be all that is up at the Castle. there is a lovely view of the river at the back of the Castle, but other than that I found this visit a bit boring unfortunately.

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Bedford, UK
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

The best view of the castle is across the river. We walked around on the inside to see the courtyard and experience the different architectures. That said, we probably did miss things by not paying to go inside but on a city break we were happy to get a flavour and not spend all our zloty.

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Ottawa, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

You can't not go if you're in Krakow, even for a walk around and within the walls for free. We went on Sunday when there was free admission to certain sites and we found it great. There is not a whole lot to see, but even without going inside it is beautiful, particularly at night when its all lit up.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

Lovely place to visit in the middle of Krakow. Lots to do and see and mostly free. Recommend a hot chocolate in the cafe.

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Terre Haute, Indiana
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

A little underwhelming in my opinion considering all the hype. You can visit the hilltop and cathedral, and really see the best there is to offer without spending the extra for the royal chambers.

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Krakow, Poland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

You can select at the museum entry the types of tickets you wish to buy, but I recommend first having a walk around the castle and its inner court. During the 2nd World War they Nazis had the whole city - inculding the Castle - under heavy bombs, so in case they would have to retreat they could blow the... More 

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