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Krakow: Wawel Castle & Cathedral Guided Tour

1. Krakow: Wawel Castle & Cathedral Guided Tour

Step into history with a guided tour of the former residence of Polish kings and a symbol of statehood, Wawel Castle. Discover the castle, which became a museum in 1930, and hosts a vast collection of paintings, graphics, sculptures, fabrics, goldsmiths, military items, porcelain, and furniture. See inside the chambers that display the famous tapestries of Zygmunt August and the magnificent renaissance Italian paintings from the Lanckoronski collection. Explore the Wawel collections of eastern art, one of the largest and most important collections of tents in Europe. Learn all about how the castle is also an important center for the conservation of art. Feel like you’re walking back through time as you discover the permanent exhibitions which decorated the way they would have been during the renaissance and baroque periods.

Krakow: Wawel Castle Guided Tour with Skip-The-Line Entry

2. Krakow: Wawel Castle Guided Tour with Skip-The-Line Entry

Waste no time at Wawel Castle waiting in lines with this fast-track ticket, and spend as much time as possible exploring this historic fortified architectural complex. Choose the parts of the complex you would like to see from the various options to suit your preferences and schedule. Discover Wawel Cathedral, the most important cathedral in Poland and an architectural masterpiece. Head inside with your guide and admire the beautiful interior where Polish kings were coronated and buried. See the famous Sigismund Bell in the tower and many richly decorated chapels.   Afterward, explore the Wawel Castle State Rooms, home to the most famous Polish kings, like Zygmunt III Waza and Wladyslaw Lokietek. Marvel at ancient paintings and stunning tapestries, preserved from the original decorations. Walk around the picturesque Wawel Hill and the courtyard surrounded by impressive defensive walls before heading to the private Royal Apartments. Explore the collections of silverware and paintings, as well as the column hall and Renaissance furniture.

Krakow: Wawel Castle & Cathedral Guided Tour

3. Krakow: Wawel Castle & Cathedral Guided Tour

See all that magnificent things with an expert local guide. Explore the residence of Polish kings at the Royal Wawel Castle, becoming one of the most important museums in Poland since 1930. See a vast collection of paintings, graphics, sculptures, fabrics, goldsmiths, military items, porcelain, and furniture, recreating the appearance of the rooms from the Renaissance and Baroque periods. Visit the Royal chambers that display the famous tapestries of Zygmunt August and magnificent Renaissance Italian paintings from the Lanckoronski collection. See also the Wawel collections of Eastern art contain the most important, and largest collection of tents in Europe. Get entrance to the Wawel Cathedral and admire the Gothic structure that was once a sanctuary where Polish monarchs were crowned.

Cracow - Vistula River: 45 min Sightseeing Cruise

4. Cracow - Vistula River: 45 min Sightseeing Cruise

You will start your cruise along the Vistula River in Krakow from the bottom of Wawel Hill (close to the Old Town). This is an excellent choice for all who want to enjoy the beauty of Krakow from the perspective of a unique "Vistula". On your tour, you will see the most representative monuments of the "City of Kings", Krakow. You will set out from the harbor "Vistula Garden" next to the Bridge Dębnicki, before sailing besides the most important symbol of Krakow; Wawel Hill and the Royal Castle. You will also pass St. Archicathedral, St. Stanislaus and Wenceslas, after which you will cruise through the bend where the Vistula Sisters Norbertine monastic complex is located. Some more highlights you will experience on this tour are St. Peter's Basilica, St. Michael the Archangel, Stanislaus Bishop and Martyr and the Church on the Rock. At the tail-end of the tour, you will reach the Father Bernatka Footbridge connecting the edges of two districts: Kazimierz and Podgórze. This famous footbridge of Krakow is also called the "Bridge of Love", and is greatly appreciated by tourists and locals alike. At the conclusion of this tour, you will sail back to Wawel Hill where you will disembark the vessel.

Krakow Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt & Walking Tour

5. Krakow Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt & Walking Tour

Get to know Krakow at your own pace on this interactive scavenger hunt walking tour played on your phone. Decipher riddles, interact with the most important attractions of the city, and unlock interesting facts.  After downloading the scavenger hunt tour on your mobile device (via a link and login credentials received upon booking), use the mobile app and integrated maps to reach 10 of Krakow’s most important attractions on foot. At each stop, learn about the attraction and solve a location-based riddle that can only be solved if you reach the specific location. Use logic, imagination, observation, and team spirit to unlock the correct code and reveal the next destination of the tour. As you walk through the city, enjoy the flexibility to pause your game at any time to take a break, snap the perfect photos, stop for lunch, or visit a museum. Choose to continue the tour later or save the rest for another day. Start your tour at the imposing Town Hall Tower! Visit the iconic Kraków Cloth Hall with its unique exhibits and explore the miraculous St. Mary's Basilica. Take a photo at Floriańska Gate in the city center and get lost in the historic Plac Szczepański in the center of the old town. Learn about the pioneering Nicolaus Copernicus and his life. You will also pass by the unique Church of Sts Peter and Paul, don't forget to take a photo. See, admire, photograph and shiver with Wawel Cathedral in the center of the city, while Smok Wawelski, the symbol monument, will be the icing on the cake of this unique tour.

Krakow: City Introduction in-App Guide & Audio

6. Krakow: City Introduction in-App Guide & Audio

Walk through a beautiful route of the city, discover hidden gems and visit 10+ of the most important attractions and spots. Learn some introductory information about each place and interesting stories about the city in general. Download the ‘World City Trail ‘app from the store and login. Read the instructions and head to the starting location. Unlock photos of the exterior and the interior of the location. Listen or read some information regarding the attraction and continue walking to the next checkpoint. Note what you liked and did not like and create your bucket list for the next days! Start your walk any time, without a schedule. Pause it for lunch, have a drink, visit an attraction of your choice, and continue later or even another day. With the maps feature, you will never get lost. Start your tour at the imposing Town Hall Tower! Visit the iconic Kraków Cloth Hall with its unique exhibits and explore the miraculous St. Mary's Basilica. Take a photo at Floriańska Gate in the city center and get lost in the historic Plac Szczepański in the center of the old town. Learn about the pioneering Nicolaus Copernicus and his life. You will also pass by the unique Church of Sts Peter and Paul, don't forget to take a photo. See, admire, photograph and shiver with Wawel Cathedral in the center of the city, while Smok Wawelski, the symbol monument, will be the icing on the cake of this unique tour.

Krakow: Wawel Castle, Cathedral, and Rynek Tour with Lunch

7. Krakow: Wawel Castle, Cathedral, and Rynek Tour with Lunch

Visit some of historic Krakow’s main attractions on this guided day tour. Start at Rynek, the central market square of the Old Town. Visit its underground Dungeon Market Historical and Archaeological Museum. After a full lunch of Polish delicacies, you'll explore the Wawel Castle and Cathedral. Your tour kicks off at the central square of Royal Krakow. Wander one of the most beautiful squares in Europe and learn about its past from your guide. Then, venture four meters underground to the Dungeon Market Museum, to walk at the same level as the cobbled roads of 12-13th century Krakow. Next, explore the residence of Polish Kings at the Royal Wawel Castle. See its collections of art, lavish fabrics, military items, and priceless furniture up close. Marvel at the famous tapestries of Zygmunt August and Renaissance paintings from the Lanckoronski collection in the Royal chambers. Finally, you’ll step into the impressive gothic Wawel Cathedral, where Polish monarchs throughout history have been crowned.

Krakow: Wawel Castle and Cathedral Guided Tour

8. Krakow: Wawel Castle and Cathedral Guided Tour

See Krakow's magnificent landmarks with an expert local guide. Visit the Wawel Cathedral and the Royal Wawel Castle. Learn about Polish kings and queens while visiting the Royal Chambers. Explore the residence of Polish kings at the Royal Wawel Castle, which has become one of the most important museums in Poland since 1930. See a vast collection of paintings, graphics, sculptures, fabrics, goldsmiths, military items, porcelain, and furniture, recreating the appearance of the rooms from the Renaissance and Baroque periods. Visit the Royal chambers that display the famous tapestries of Zygmunt August and magnificent Renaissance Italian paintings from the Lanckoronski collection. See the Wawel collections of Eastern art contain the largest collection of tents in Europe. Get entrance to the Wawel Cathedral and admire the Gothic structure that was once a sanctuary where Polish monarchs were crowned.

Krakow: Wawel Cathedral Guided Tour with Admission Tickets

9. Krakow: Wawel Cathedral Guided Tour with Admission Tickets

The tour begins at the meeting point near Wawel Castle where you’ll receive a warm greeting from your guide. Enjoy the opportunity to explore this fascinating castle from the outside and marvel at some of its most important features such as the defensive walls, Wawel dragon, the castle courtyard, and more. As you wander, listen to your guide share intriguing facts about the castle, its history, and its former inhabitants. Head inside Wawel Cathedral next, which is even more impressive than its imposing exterior, and is considered to be the Polish Notre Dame. The cathedral is one of the most significant historical places in Poland and it’s importance is still preserved to this day. Spend some time exploring the cathedral, learning about its incredible history that spans 1000 years, and listening to your guide share stories about the events that have taken place here including the coronation of Polish monarchs. As you amble around, admire the stunning artistic architecture that has been influenced by the Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, Classicist, and Modern era. There’s also time to learn about the many great Polish people buried at the cathedral including Polish royalty, national heroes, saints, poets, and more.

Krakow: Wawel Castle, Cathedral, Rynek Underground & Lunch

10. Krakow: Wawel Castle, Cathedral, Rynek Underground & Lunch

Visit the central square of Royal Krakow and find the most interesting traces of past events on Market Square. Take a walk on one of the most beautiful squares in Europe with a visit to the Dungeon Market Historical and Archaeological Museum. Stroll around the square, find the most interesting artifacts of the old times, and unravel their purpose. Find out what events took place here, and what legendary persons have been here. Go 4 meters underground to the Dungeon Market Museum to find yourself on the same level as the cobbled roads of 12-13th century Krakow. Explore the residence of Polish Kings at the Royal Wawel Castle. See the collections of paintings, graphics, sculptures, fabrics, goldsmiths, military items, porcelain, and furniture. See the famous tapestries of Zygmunt August and magnificent Renaissance Italian paintings from the Lanckoronski collection in the Royal chambers. See the Wawel collections of Eastern art containing the most important, and largest collection of tents in Europe. Enter the gothic Wawel Cathedral, a sanctuary where Polish monarchs were crowned.

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What people are saying about Wawel Cathedral

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 382 reviews

This tour was wonderful. The cathedral is gorgeous and unlike any other cathedral I have visited in other European cities- you can see the kings sarcophagi. The castle was a bit underwhelming, very small with lots of artwork, not like other castles where you see sleeping chambers and dining rooms, but I still recommend this activity.

Visit of the castle accompanied by a very interesting guide. He then accompanied us to lunch in a restaurant (with a choice of menu) then a driver accompanied us to the mine for a visit provided by the mine staff (the driver gave us the necessary time without any time constraints!) thank you to all for this wonderful day

First off, our bad for not reading ALL the details of the game and what was required to download. The ONLY major issue with these clues was the weather! One of the final clues/questions required there to be a clean walkway. The snow and frozen area wasn’t ideal, but we made it work!

The guide was very prepared and explained the structures visited impeccably. The palace and the cathedral are two must-see sights when visiting Krakow.

She was very knowledgeable and a very pleasant person.