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“Royal Castle of Poland” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Wawel Royal Castle

Wawel Royal Castle
Wawel 5, Krakow 31-001 , Poland
+48 12 422 51 55
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Ranked #13 of 248 things to do in Krakow
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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 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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“Royal Castle of Poland”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2012

Highly recommended historic Castle and Museum. I took guided tour and it was very interesting and informational.

Visited September 2012
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“See the Royal apartments”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2012

The Royal apartments tour comes with a tour guide - very informative. We also saw Leonardo da Vinci's "Lady with an Ermine". That was worth the whole castle visit. It is normally in a museum near the Florian gate, but that museum was under renovation.

Visited October 2012
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Goa, India
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“Nothing Great”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2012

The castle is good to look at from outside, inside there is nothing much except some nice paintings. Unfortunately they do not allow you to take pictures.

Visited August 2012
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“Multi-tour options in a picturesque castle”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012

We waited in a ticket line which didn't appear to be too long, near the gate, but progressed so slowly that it took 30+ minutes to get our tickets. Note that we later saw additional ticket desks inside the castle square near the information and toilet section, which might have been a better option. Tickets are limited, so go early to ensure your desired tour isn't sold out.

We opted to take the self guided State Rooms tour as well as the guided tour to the Royal Apartments. Each took approximately an hour. The state rooms were fairly obvious in purpose and had an interesting array of furniture and paintings. Perhaps most memorable was the carved leather wall paper from Cordoba, Spain. The Royal Apartments were next to the State Rooms. Our tour guide was friendly but slightly difficult to understand in English. She did highlight interesting features of the room, and would say that the tour was worthwhile. It even featured rooms used by the President in the twentieth century.

We also bought tickets to the Dragon's Lair. This was a descent down a long spiral staircase to caves beneath the castle with lots of nooks and crannies. It was interesting, but takes no more than 10 minutes to complete. Outside is a famous statue of a dragon, which commemorates a folk tale about a dragon which was defeated at the castle site.

All in all, the castle complex is worth a visit, and is enjoyable not only for the buildings and history but also the scenic views and the beautiful greenery.

Visited October 2012
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“Magnificent building”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012

Wawel Royal Castle is only a short, very enjoyable stroll from Market Square. In order to access it there is an uphill path which is not terribly steep. On reaching the castle the views are wonderful and well worth the slight climb. Make your way down the spiral staircase (3pln) to the dragons den and see the dragon, situated on the banks of the Vistula river, blow out it's flame

Visited October 2012
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