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“Plan well ahead” 3 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 247 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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“Plan well ahead”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

The best advice i would give anyone going to the Castle is to plan well ahead. We arrived around 10.30 to huge queues. There were just 2 ladies at the ticket office to deal with the vast number of visitors. We were unaware that you cannot buy one ticket to to see all the areas of interest but you have to buy separate tickets and you must adhere to the times on your tickets. So we bought tickets for just 2 areas and had to wait one hour and forty minutes before we could go into the first area we had selected. After paying for your ticket, the information area is nexty door (seems a bit back to front when you need information before buying your tickets). We didn't find the areas particularly well sign posted once in the grounds.
One of our visits was to the State Rooms. These were very beautiful if you like history and had some well preserved furniture dating back to the 16th Century. You have to go through security checks before being allowed in the Castle and we found the security staff to be rude in their manner. One of the few places where we found few English Speaking staff and who resorted to pointing to my husbands phone and camera to order him to remove them so they could go through the scanning system (like in an airport). Photographing the exhibits is not allowed in the State Rooms. The positives are that it is a lovely place to spend a day/few hours and is reasonably priced but he downsides are: the queues, the waiting and the rude staff.

Visited August 2014
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“Complicated tickets & rules”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Wawel Castle and Cathedral can't be hurried. If you are only in Krakow for 2 days you really need to decide if this is worth it, at the cost of missing out on excursions to Auschwitz or Wieliczka. A complicated ticket system, long queues and the no photography rule, made me decide upon just exploring the impressive exteriors of Wawel attractions. The buildings are impressive and there's a lot you can see for free just wandering the grounds. It is beautiful at sunset and nicely floodlit at night. A fun highlight is the statue of a dragon which breathes fire sporadically. He's called Smok Wawelski. The statues is near a cave down beside the river.

Visited September 2013
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Prague, Czech Republic
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“Best attraction in Krakow”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

i lived near by the castle in my KRakow visit and i loved the place, was admired all time by the castle over the rock and Wawel was a good example of that with the story of the wawel dragon, the view over Wisła.
myx advices to the travelers:
dont queue for tickets and lose hours in the heat standing, is useless - if you want to do it, then come early before 10 A.M
you can get tickets front of every entrance (separetly), many entrances are for free :)
I enjoyed my visit to the castle, the church is unique with many tombs ( i see that for the first time in my life )
for the art lovers, you can see the Lady with an Empire by L. da Vinci :)

Enjoy Wawel.

Visited August 2014
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“This is a must as one of the Chakrams is on Wawel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

I always feel better when I visit the castle, it must have something to do with Chakram x
Castle , museums, chapels there's so much to see. You need at least full day to explore everything x plus all those lovely cafés x

Visited July 2014
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“Woth a trip”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Went up and checked out the Castle. Absolutely worth a few hours break in an amazing eating\ drinking session. Walked around and exited through an underground-tunnel.

Visited April 2014
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