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Wawel Royal Castle

Travel back in time to medieval Poland at this former seat of royal power.

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Krakow: Wawel Royal Hill Guided Tour

1. Krakow: Wawel Royal Hill Guided Tour

Join a guided tour of the Wawel Royal Hill, one of the most important hills in Poland. This was where Polish kings and queens reigned over Poland. Your guide will tell you about the secrets of the royals and show you the most important places within Wawel Hill.  After meeting your guide, you will pass by the most expensive hotel in Cracow, which has hosted HRH Prince Charles and President Bush. You are then going to stop by the house of Jan Długosz, the legendary Polish historian, from where you will have a magnificent view over Wawel Hill. Then, start to go uphill, passing through the Arms Gate, and stopping by the monument to Tadeusz Kościuszko, one of the most important Polish heroes. Walk past the entrance to the Wawel Cathedral. Continue in the direction of the center of Wawel hill and the medieval courtyard, and head to the Austrian Hospital, from where you will be able to see a beautiful panorama of Krakow. You are then going to pass by Sandomierska Tower and go downhill through the Bernardyńska Gate, eventually leading to the cave of the Wawel Dragon. 

Krakow: Wawel Castle Guided Tour with Entry Tickets

2. 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: 2-Hour Segway Tour of the Old Town

3. Krakow: 2-Hour Segway Tour of the Old Town

Maximize your enjoyment of the idyllic city of Krakow, as you discover its beautiful architecture while experiencing the excitement of a Segway tour. Have memorable fun with family and friends while admiring the many charming sights the city has to offer, from the market squares of the Old Town to the Jewish Quarter. See the highlights at speed as you cruise along the Royal Route, and marvel at the Wawel Royal Castle. Enjoy the ride as you take a whirlwind tour of 4 churches. Visit the famous Wawel Dragon Cave, and the scenic Vistula embankment, and learn captivating stories about the Old Town. Gain fascinating insights into the history and culture of this city of UNESCO World Heritage sites from a knowledgeable guide.

Krakow: Sightseeing Cruise on the Vistula River

4. Krakow: Sightseeing Cruise on the Vistula River

Explore Krakow from the Vistula River — the Queen of Polish Rivers — on a sightseeing cruise. Sail past landmarks such as Kościuszko Mound, Wawel Castle, Church on the Rock, and the Monastery of the Norbertan Sisters while hearing about the city's legends from your guide. The heated deck and comfortable leather sofas of the modern boat will make you feel at home even on cold days. On warmer days, you're invited to the observation deck to enjoy the beautiful views while spending time outdoors. Listen to the history of Krakow from the boat's modern overhead sound system in Polish and English. Take in all the major the sights of the city, such as Skałka Church, Royal Wawel Castle, the former House of Pope John Paul II, Norbertine Monastery, Kościuszko Mound, Cricoteka, and The 6 Bridges.

Krakow: Evening Cruise with a Glass of Wine

5. Krakow: Evening Cruise with a Glass of Wine

Sail on the Vistula River and enjoy an evening of sophistication in the royal city. Experience the breathtaking views by night, marvelous city lights, and the unique atmosphere that the river has to offer. The tour starts near the Wawel Castle, then continues upstream to the Convent of the Norbertine Sisters and the home of Pope Jean Paul II. Further on, the boat takes a route downriver, passing by the historical Wawel Castle and the Church on the Rock, then revealing the beauty of the Kazimierz and Podgórze districts with its distinctive bridges. The cruise finishes back at Kapitan Victor's mooring. A complimentary drink of your choice will be provided before the tour starts.

Krakow: Wawel Castle & Cathedral Guided Tour

6. 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

7. 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.

Kraków: Kraków by Night Tour with Stories & Coffee

8. Kraków: Kraków by Night Tour with Stories & Coffee

Whether you have just arrived to Krakow and want to orientate yourself in the city, or want to experience its beauty when the sun goes down, this tour will give you what you are looking for. Your tour guide will show you the most beautiful and interesting places and monuments in the city and tell you about the hidden stories behind them. You will learn old secrets, tales of alchemists, vampires, witches and kings. Meeting point We will meet you at the entrance to the Rynek Underground Museum, Rynek Główny 1, 31-042 Kraków. Sightseeing part I (~ 1h) A professional local guide will take you for the first part of the walk to the Florian Gate, the oldest gate in the city. The walk leads along romantic, mysterious and mystical streets, squares and alleys next to the catacombs, the bell for the dying and the only place where convicts could stop and light a candle. This is a particularly mystical part of the tour, during which you will have the opportunity to photograph non-obvious but beautiful places in Krakow that are known only to city residents. Then you will see the beautiful building of Slowacki Theater - a copy of the Garnier Opera in Paris, and the former medieval hospital of St. Roch which offered treatment to the poor. You will go through the Small Market Square where people were burned live in the Middle Ages for offences against God and counterfeiting coins, and finally you will reach the Main Market Square. Break for rest and a cup of delicious coffee (0.5h) You will rest while sipping a cup of coffee in a former medieval inn located near a prison and a torture chamber. Sightseeing part II (~ 1h) You will discover the Main Square and all the most important monuments located there. You will also learn about the location of the bell for the dying, the lantern protecting Krakow from plague, the old cemeteries, the pillory and the martens. You will discover deeply hidden, sometimes dark, stories of Krakow and the mysterious places where the executioner announced the death of the condemned. Then you will go to the picturesque University Quarter with Collegium Maius, the oldest of the preserved university buildings, where the world famous Nicolaus Copernicus and John Paul II studied. Next, the walk will lead you along the Royal Route to the Wawel Castle. You will discover mysterious narrow streets and learn stories about alchemists, vampires, witches and kings that are known only to the Cracovians who live here. You will also have the opportunity to take unique photos. End of the tour You will end the tour on Kanonicza Street, the oldest street in the city, from where you will admire the wonderful view of the Wawel Castle. After the tour you may want to try one of the many atmospheric restaurants, recommended to you by your guide, to enjoy a delicious dinner and experience the magical atmosphere of the city. The next morning you may join our company on another tour.

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: One-Hour River Cruise

10. Krakow: One-Hour River Cruise

Krakow is home to a suite of visual delights: from the majestic Wawel Castle to the historic Zwierzyniec and Kazimierz districts, there's plenty to see in this beautiful city. Vistula River cruises remain one of the best ways to discover all that Krakow has to offer. The river flows through the heart of Krakow, which happens to be home to some of the most iconic landmarks in Poland. You'll have the chance not only to see the city's primary attractions, but to fully immerse yourself in the spirit of Krakow thanks to the comfortable pace of the tour. The cruise begins at the foot of Wawel Castle. From there, the boat glides along the picturesque boulevards first in the direction of Zwierzyniec, passing by the Convent of the Norbertine Sisters, the house of the pope John Paul II, and then in direction of Podgórze and Kazimierz districts. Pass well-known sights like Church on the Rock, Mangha Museum, Bernatka Footbridge, and Cricoteka. The tour ends back at the Wawel Castle.

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What people are saying about Wawel Royal Castle

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 1,552 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.

Excellent tour - guide was very knowledgeable and her English was excellent.

Meeting Point a Bit difficult to find, Bit all together very cool experience

Excellent private tour with extremely knowledgeable guide

An excellent time and you definitely won’t regret it.