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Krakow: Wawel Castle Guided Tour with Entry Tickets

1. Krakow: Wawel Castle Guided Tour with Entry Tickets

Wawel Castle was the residence of the royal family of Poland till 1795. It is a source of great Polish pride and stands as one of the most spectacular buildings on the top of Wawel Hill. During your tour of the castle, you will get the chance to witness the grandeur of Poland’s past as you pass through the magnificent halls of the castle. Presently, the castle also houses a museum that includes beautiful artefacts preserved from the historic times when kings and queens ruled the country. During your tour, you may also visit the Royal private apartments adorned with exquisite tapestries, paintings and chandeliers. The castle serves as a premier art museum and also includes an Oriental Art section with the largest collection of Ottoman tents on the European continent. This 14th-century castle built by King Casimir II the Great was at the top of its opulence in the 16th century when King Sigismund the Old commissioned the castle to be expanded and built into what it looks like today. Once you are in the castle, you will be transported into the era of kings and queens as your guide shares information about the royals who once lived in the castle and the myths surrounding this beautiful place. You may also get to see the Wawel exhibition, which displays objects uncovered during archaeological excavations around the region. It also includes scale models of buildings and other architectural elements. Wawel Castle is recognized as a Unesco World Heritage site and is known to have immense cultural and historical significance in Poland.

Krakow: Wawel Castle Private Walking Tour

2. Krakow: Wawel Castle Private Walking Tour

Explore the world's first UNESCO World Heritage Site with an expert guide. Discover the fascinating history of this magnificent castle. Enjoy exploring one of Poland's most iconic buildings, perched on top of Wawel Hill by the Vistula River. Learn about the mysteries of the building and its surroundings with your private guide. See the famous Dragon's Den, a limestone cave which is home to the mythical Wawel dragon. Experience the castle's outstanding collection of art, and admire the Sigismund Bell in its bell tower. You can also visit Wawel Cathedral if you select this additional option.

Krakow: Guided Wawel Tour, Lunch, and Vistula River Cruise

3. Krakow: Guided Wawel Tour, Lunch, and Vistula River Cruise

Explore some of the most beautiful places in Krakow on a guided tour of Wawel Hill, Wawel Castle, and the Cathedral. Hop on a cruise along the Vistula River to see the landmarks from a unique perspective. Enter the Castle with your guide and admire a vast collection of paintings, graphics, sculptures, fabrics, goldsmiths, militaria, porcelain, and furniture. Stand in awe as the permanent exhibitions in the chateau recreate the appearance of the rooms from the Renaissance and Baroque periods. After viewing the original royal chambers, go inside the majestic Cathedral, and learn about historical facts intertwined with fairy-tale stories. Then, be invited for dinner at a nearby cafe and take a moment to relax. Finally, board a modern catamaran and take an intimate cruise along the Vistula to admire Wawel, the Cathedral, and some of Krakow scattered on its shores.

Krakow: Wawel Castle, Cathedral, Salt Mine, and Lunch

4. Krakow: Wawel Castle, Cathedral, Salt Mine, and Lunch

Meet your guide in Krakow then set off on your full-day adventure. First head to the historic Wawel Castle and admire its impressive architecture while learning about the many royals who lived there. Wander through the castle’s chambers and discover the secrets of the Polish kings and queens who graced these halls.  Stop by Wawel Cathedral next, then enjoy a traditional Polish lunch to get a taste of local cuisine. After lunch, travel to Wieliczka, a small town home to an ancient salt mine that dates back over 700 years. Journey 340 meters below ground to reach the mine, then explore its array of halls and caves. As you wander around this UNESCO-listed location, marvel at the fascinating carved interior and learn about the salt mine’s past. By the end of the day, you’ll have visited three of Poland’s most famous landmarks and learned about local history, culture, and way of life.

Krakow Old Town: 2-Hour Guided Walking Tour

5. Krakow Old Town: 2-Hour Guided Walking Tour

Discover Krakow and learn about the stories, anecdotes, and legends of the city from your expert guide as you visit sites including Grodzka Street and the elegant Wawel Cathedral. Head to St Florian’s Gate, one of the symbols of the city that welcomes visitors arriving in Krakow. Follow the road towards Pijarska Street, one of the most famous streets in Krakow. From here, walk directly to the heart of the city, the Main Market Square. Admire the charming Cloth Hall, Krakow’s oldest commercial center featuring beautiful renaissance architecture. Visit St. Adalbert's Church and the Town Hall Tower standing at an impressive 230 ft. See the Mariacki Square which surrounds St. Mary’s Basilica. Discover the Basilica's high altar by Veit Stossa and the star-strewn murals by Jan Matejko, covering the vaulting. Explore St. Andrew’s Church, one of the oldest churches in the city. Walk along the picturesque Kanoniczna Street which dates back to the 14th century. Gaze at the Wawel Royal Castle from the top of Wawel Hill and enjoy views of the spectacular renaissance palace.

Krakow: Skip-the-Line Tour of the Wawel Royal Castle

6. Krakow: Skip-the-Line Tour of the Wawel Royal Castle

Step inside the former residence of Polish royalty, Wawel Castle. With your guide, skip the lines and tour the royal residence which boasts a huge collection of paintings, sculptures, fabrics, and priceless furniture. Explore chambers within, which house the famous tapestries of Sigismund Augustus and various Italian Renaissance paintings. Travel back in time as you admire the permanent exhibitions that showcase Renaissance and Baroque decor. Learn about the historical figures who called this castle home and shaped Polish history from your guide. Continue on to the Wawel Cathedral and descend into the crypts.

Krakow: Guided Wawel Tour, Lunch, and Vistula River Cruise

7. Krakow: Guided Wawel Tour, Lunch, and Vistula River Cruise

Visit one of Krakow's most important sites, the rocky Wawel Hill, which towers over the bank of the Vistula and has been the seat of secular and church authorities for centuries. See the museum, which today is one of the most visited and important museums in Poland, and see the collections of paintings, graphics, sculptures, fabrics, goldsmiths, porcelain and furniture. Explore the permanent exhibitions in the chateau, which recreate the appearance of the rooms from the Renaissance and Baroque periods, and learn about its history with an experienced local guide. Experience the original royal chambers, enter the majestic Cathedral, and learn about the most interesting historical facts intertwined with fairy-tale stories. Enjoy a local dinner at a nearby cafe and take a moment to breathe before boarding a modern catamaran to take an intimate cruise on the queen of Polish rivers - the Vistula, and be able to admire Wawel, the Cathedral and see a little of Krakow scattered on its shores.

Krakow: Wawel Castle Crown Treasury and Royal Armoury

8. Krakow: Wawel Castle Crown Treasury and Royal Armoury

Delve into the stories told by licenced guides, specializing in the Wawel Castle. See in your eyes the rich heritage of the Polish Kings. Visit a magnificent Castle which was a residence for multiple Polish kings and queens for centuries. They were able to collect a huge number of precious treasures such as magnificent works of art, crown jewels, orbs, crowns, and insignia of royal power. Kings during the centuries kept lots of weapons like different swords, armours, guns, and shields. During a visit, you will be able to dive into the private king's treasury with a look at the rarest artefact. Admire finest royal honours awards like the sword, the consecrated hat and Knight of the Order of the Holy Spirit. See jewellery collections of rarities with several Western European Renaissance and Mannerist masterpieces as well gold Romanesque jewellery which is one of the largest in Poland. On the tour, you will also enter the Royal Armoury. It consists of a collection of rich decorated weapons, donated to the kings, by medieval rulers over the whole of Europe. You will have a unique chance to see the original famous winged Polish Hussars’ armour and weapons. Have a look at the fantastic guns exhibits consisting of rifles, arquebuses, patrinals and pistols from medieval European factories. Discover the collection of barrels that bear the coats of arms of Polish kings, hetmans and noblemen, the most valuable collection in the country

Krakow: Old Town Golf Cart Tour with Wawel Castle Tour

9. Krakow: Old Town Golf Cart Tour with Wawel Castle Tour

See the oldest sights in Krakow's old town with an eco-friendly golf cart tour. Learn about these sights with your audio guide. Discover the old residence of Polish kings with guided tour of Wawel Royal Castle.  Experience the Old Town district and the Main Market Square at the heart of Krakow. Find iconic monuments in the Old Town like the Main Market Square with Cloth Hall and St. Mary's Basilica or the Baroque 17th century St. Anna's Church. Drive through Planty Park, with the remains of medieval walls and the Barbican. Pass through the Latin Quarter with the courtyard of Collegium Maius, the Academy of Fine Arts, St. Florian, a Gothic Franciscan Monastery, and a Papal Window. Stop at Wawel Royal Castle and meet your local guide. Examine collections of paintings, sculptures, fabrics, gold, military items, porcelain, and furniture. View the tapestries of Zygmunt August, Renaissance Italian paintings, and Eastern art.

Krakow: Old Town Electric Golf Cart Tour with Wawel Castle

10. Krakow: Old Town Electric Golf Cart Tour with Wawel Castle

See Krakow's oldest historical sights in this electric golf car tour. Explore the most iconic parts of a UNESCO world heritage city and explore Wawel Royal Castle. Begin in the Old Town district in the very heart of Krakow. Drive past Planty Park and see the Barbican and ruins of medieval walls. Head to Main Market Square and snap a photo of Cloth Hall and the brick gothic St. Mary's Basilica. Continue to the Latin Quarter and wander through the imposing Collegium Maius courtyard. Marvel at the beautiful Church of St. Anna, Academy of Fine Arts, and St. Florian. Go back in time to the 13th century and see the stunning gothic Franciscan Monastery and Papal Window. After exploring the Old Town, drive to Wawel Royal Castle. Learn about its long history and see historic paintings, sculptures, fabrics, porcelain, and furniture. Follow your guide through the halls of the museum and into rooms decorated in the Renaissance and Baroque periods. End your tour at Wawel Royal Castle, having seen the most important sights of Krakow and learned about this town's interesting history.

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What people are saying about Sigismund Bell

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 9 reviews

We chose a 1-hour guided tour because of the children. The guide told a very interesting story, but there was no description of what exactly we were going to visit. This information was provided to us before the tour itself. Ultimately, we visited the underground of Wawel, i.e. the Lost Wawel. After a 1-hour ice-cream break, we additionally purchased additional tickets to the Department.

Wawel open, a place worth seeing. Private Royal Apartments something beautiful. Our guide, with great knowledge and even more passion, showed us around the castle. I absolutely recommend it.

A very fun trip. Not too long and just right for a 9-year-old. The guide told a very interesting story about the interior of Wawel. We highly recommend it!

Everything happened at the scheduled time. Very nice and knowledgeable guide. We visited several interiors of Wawel and the Lost Wawel. I recommend

Excellent private tour with extremely knowledgeable guide