Wawel Royal Castle
Wawel Royal Castle
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9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
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9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
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9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
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9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
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9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
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9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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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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  • KenR4
    Dakar, Senegal172 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful castle and good tour.
    This was one of the major sites to see during our visit to Krakow, and it was well worth the trip. The castle is absolutely beautiful and huge! We took several of the tours and enjoyed every single one of them. That leads to me to my only complaint is that they do “nickel and dime” you quite a lot. Each section of the castle is its own ticket and it’s own cost. In a way that can be good because you can build your own experience, but it can also cost you a small fortune.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 13, 2023
  • veronicag1990
    Hamar, Norway67 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Magnificent area, nice with audioguiding on our own!
    Really nice experience with audioguiding from GetYourGuide - and the possibility to walk and listen on our own. Magnificent area, a lot of history. Nice with toilet included in the ticket. Bought entrance to the royal private rooms, that was a disappointment, the same with the dragons den.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 24, 2023
  • Peter T
    Tamworth, United Kingdom821 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great tour I recommend to see highlights
    We had a lovely 2-3 hour tour of the whole castle. Our guide was extremely knowledgable and we got the whole highlights as a result. If you wanted to self tour and see everything then the castle is a full day.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 30, 2023
  • Richard M
    Hampstead Norreys, United Kingdom893 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful location and interiors
    The castle is in a stunning location and has a lot of places you can visit. We went into the State rooms and Private Royal Apprartments that were full of the artefacts and furniture. The rooms are gloriously decorated and a must see. We went to the gardens and up the tower as well. A lovely place with some incredible views over the city.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 30, 2023
  • Helentonetti
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Krakow castle
    I highly recommend the 2 hour guided tour max 14 people. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and shared information broadly and widely. An interesting beautiful city with a stunning castle. Very memorable.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written August 2, 2023
  • Matt N
    Hunstanton, United Kingdom34 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great castle
    Loved it. Well worth the visit if you enjoy a bit of central European medieval architecture. We walked around independently with just a guide book, the views of the city were amazing, and there was plenty to look at and explore in wonder.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 7, 2023
  • PiotrKal
    22 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Breath-taking does not have to be expensive.
    In general it takes about 3 days to see all the exhibitions and it is quite expensive, there are some handy hacks. I have seen 6 exhibitions (5h trip) for as little as little as 5 euro altogether (children <7 are always free except for the Cathedral. To go to the hill itself and have a walk around is free. On Monday ~9 AM you can pick up free tickets (30m queue) for 3 exhibitions and cheap tickets for further 3. This is not even 30% of it but a good start. It is always worth it to buy Cathedral tickets, in the morning is better because there is no queue. Other exhibitions are breath- taking and you can buy tickets online but it will cost ya to see it all.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 13, 2023
  • Sophie M
    Paris, France505 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great
    By far, the best thing to see in Krakow. We booked tickets for every single part of the castle, and with an audio guide. You can easily spend the entire day here. The best part was the treasury. The disappointing part was the State Rooms. Not much explanation is provided. And it's not very beautiful. Good experience. The cathedral can be done the same day or another day, as you wish.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written August 26, 2023
  • ObiChanKenobi
    Nottingham, United Kingdom140 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Grand Castle with Beautiful City Views
    We visited Wawel Castle on our first day in Krakow and it was great to explore and pass through. We walked up from the city side where you see the leaf-coated walls and towers, and came to a fantastic viewing point before going into the castle grounds where you look out over the river and the other side of Krakow. Going into the grounds, it’s pretty large and an ideal spot for photo opportunities as there are works of contemporary art as well as traditional statues and ornaments. The castle and inclusive buildings are very pretty and stand out whilst you’re there and when looking at it from a distance. There are also regular tours running throughout the grounds and inside the buildings at a somewhat fair price however due to our time constraints, we chose not to attend a tour. Nonetheless, Wawel Castle is an amazing free and central attraction for any tourist and explorer whom have only a short time in the city. The fire-breathing metal dragon (which we sadly missed) is also just as the bottom of the castle on the river side.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 30, 2023
  • xcschlr
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin518 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful and magnificent structure
    This is the most magnificent structure in Krakow and probably in Poland. The best part is that you can tour the castle ground for free. I bought a ticket to go inside the cathedral but didn’t find anything extraordinary (a religious person may sense a lot of significance because John Paul II served as the cardinal there). There are some other exhibits that require the purchase of a ticket, but I didn’t go in them.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 31, 2023
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LadyKJohn
Exeter, UK8 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
As the castle looms over the city of Krakow it's essential that you pay it a visit if you're staying in Krakow. You can walk in and around the exterior of the buildings for free but if you want to go inside there are two separate ticket offices for the castle and cathedral. When buying castle tickets you have to choose which areas you want to go to which is annoying as you don't know if you've never been there before! We chose the Armoury and the State Rooms which worked out to be about £4 each and were worth a visit. When we tried to get in one of the exhibitions at the end of the State Rooms, we were told we needed yet a further ticket, which a helpful couple told us they'd been given while in the Cathedral.
While the buildings and architecture are stunning, we found buying tickets all too confusing!
Written February 27, 2020
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jamiebeckford
Jersey, UK8 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Couples
We visited the magnificent looking Royal Castle which we viewed from our sumptuous hotel room. It was a warm day and upon our arrival we saw that a que had formed. We realised that there was only one ticket office which at a processing time of approximately 1 customer every 5 minutes meant that those who had formed behind us would have a wait of approximately 2 hours. What beggars belief is that there are members of staff handing out leaflets who could if the management had any sense be issuing tickets via portable ticket machines. When you do finally arrive at the ticket desk you are told that you have to purchase tickets for individual exhibits done of which have a limit on the number of visitors who can be admitted per day. Upon receiving our tickets and walking into the castle itself we discovers that there were lengthy ques to enter the exhibits we had booked. This is a diabolical shambles. An organizational disaster zone in which the loser is the customer who has essentially paid heavily to be stood in ques. I would suggest that the management of this historic venue look to appoint an independent expert to look over the customer experience and to develop a strategy going forward to customer access and ticket sales a more streamlined process. This will avoid customer frustration, reviews like this and make the magnificent building accessible and enjoyed by all those whom frequent its wallsu.
Written August 5, 2021
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Marcus_Fatticus
London, UK123 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
On an admittedly windy and cold day it was hard to find much worth seeing other than the far views towards the river (ie not towards the Old Town alas) which can only really be found on one side of the castle. We didn't pay to go inside, perhaps that's the problem, but there very little visible information anywhere about what was actually inside to see and we didnt see a single member of staff outside anywhere to ask either. The castle itself has been built and added to over time so has an oddly disjointed aesthetic, and is surprisingly plain and boring to look at. The cafe was tucked in a corner with no signs to find it but once located was a welcome but expensive retreat from the cold. Good coffee & lovely waitresses who were very friendly. Good for a 30 min bit of exercise to walk up to and whizz round...
Written March 13, 2020
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Rachel G
Leicester, UK33 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
The view from the castle wall was gorgeous to look at along the river. The castle grounds, Court yard and church are all free to enter and some charming polish music was playing when we went. Despite the grey day the views were gorgeous of the entire city and the staff were all helpful. Make sure you get there before 1pm if you want to look inside the castle rooms as there's limited tickets available
Written February 29, 2020
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Ryan W
Nottinghamshire, UK102 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Couples
We were very interested in visiting the castle and it’s grounds but found the booking in system very confusing, no real queuing system or guide as to what you’re actually paying for.

Ended up in all parts of the ground and up the tower to the big bell.

A good experience to pass a couple of hours, wouldn’t bother going back if ever in the city again though...
Written October 18, 2020
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MarcusHurley
Calne, UK10,376 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
We climbed the ramp and went to the ticket office to find that most of the castle was closed on a Monday. Oh joy! I booked the armoury, Royal Gardens and Lost Wawel exhibitions, a total cost of 20PLZ, about £4.

The Lost Wawel exhibition showed ongoing excavations and discoveries and it was quite impressive how far down the original buildings were, considering they were only 900 years old. There were lots of glazed clay tiles and stonework as well as models on what the castle looked like through its various incarnations. A lot of the displays were unlit and the general low lighting made it difficult to read some of the info. The medieval footwear they had on display was amazing though, very intricate.

We left the exhibition and walked around outside, trying to workout where to go. There were maps of the site but helpfully, none of the places we had tickets for were actually marked. Eventually we gave in and (Deb) asked a guide! Second stop was the Treasury and Armoury - this was quite amazing. The stupid glass (a specially inbred museum variety) made it very difficult to take pictures but the weapons were quite incredible works of art. Crossbows, muskets and assorted melee weapons all demonstrated superb carving and inlay work. The Polish weapons and armour were surprisingly eastern and it was good to see the gear of a winged hussar at last.

After all this excitement (!) we needed sustenance so we visited the cafe in the grounds. This was actually excellent and we both had salmon with salad for about the same as a Happy Meal back home! Our next visit was to the Royal Gardens, which were quite small but nicely laid out with roses, an orchard and various other bits that Deb could identify. There were also good views over the city. That was the castle done so next was the cathedral.
Written September 23, 2021
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LanceJackson M
Dudley, UK90 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
The grounds are free and lovely to walk around and there are some beautiful views of the city to be had from the ramparts. Some of the places inside have a fee but the grounds alone are well worth a visit. It's quite a walk-up with lots of steps so pace yourself. Some good facilities were on-site to grab a coffee or a meal. Good gift shop with very reasonably priced souveniers.
Written February 22, 2020
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Robert O
Rotterdam, The Netherlands5,510 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
Since Wawel hill has been occupied by those who held power (roughly since around 1000 AD), the site has been the scene of construction, decline and reconstruction. The result is a complex that for an outsider is rather confusing to understand. The help of guides is on offer ( at a price), but to absorb their stories and appreciate what they are showing is hardly possible, if you do not have at least some knowledge of Polish history. So come prepared after some study.

Also helpful is to make up your mind about what you prefer to see beforehand. In my case I focussed on architecture especially from the late 1500s period (Poland's Golden Age). E.g. the Renaissance style inner courtyard is outstanding. It feels almost as if you are in Italy. For me another highlight are the Coxie tapestries (Flemish) from the Jagiellonian period. I skipped almost all that was built and collected after 1600 when Krakow ceased to be the capital of Poland.
Written February 7, 2021
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Ashleigh O
Glasgow, UK161 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Friends
Unfortunately Wawel castle tanked right from the word go. We queued to buy tickets for the various offerings of Wawel Castle, the member of staff serving us was rude. She gave us the wrong change and took offence to this being pointed out. When we asked for directions she told us to go away and that this is what maps are for. I am unsure why she has a job working with the public.

We go to the Royal apartments, it’s fine, I have seen better. We head at the allocated time to the states apartments (I believe that’s what it was called) we are on time and stand in line watching the security speak horrendously to 3 elderly women in the queue in front of us. It was tight on space and one the ladies was larger and this seems to cause security a problem, accusing her of jamming the line up. It was nasty, unacceptable and I thought let’s just leave. Which is what we did.

I have given this place place a 2 because I appreciate the architecture and the good work done to maintain and preserve this however as an experience it’s lacking in all areas.
Written January 16, 2020
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Joanne B
25 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Family
Nice walk up and into the grounds, which is free to enter, you then pay to see different tours and areas.
It’s a lovely look out point over the city.
We paid for the armoury room, unless your really into that sort of thing I wouldn’t bother.
And we paid for a tour of the private rooms which was quite interesting , but very long.
Guide was ok, but he had a lot of info to give so sometimes felt it was a little on fast forward.
A lot of our group lost interest half way around, but you have to stay with guide unless you’d never find your way out.
What I found good about the tour you never bumped into any other groups on the way around. Because of the strict times to go in.
Really nice coffee shop in grounds and reasonably priced.
All in all worth a visit, even if it’s just for a coffee and the view.
Written March 6, 2020
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