The Lost Wawel

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Krakow: Wawel Castle Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

1. Krakow: Wawel Castle Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

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 Royal Hill Guided Tour

2. Krakow: Wawel Royal Hill Guided Tour

Join a guided tour of the Wavel 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 the 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 the 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 Crypt of the Silver Bells, which is the burial place for President Lech Kaczynski and his spouse. Then, 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: Skip-the-Line Tour of the Wawel Royal Castle

3. 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

4. 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 Hill Guided Tour with Wine and Tapas

5. Krakow: Wawel Hill Guided Tour with Wine and Tapas

Wawel Hill - a rocky hill towering over the bank of the Vistula River, has been the seat of Polish secular and church authorities for centuries, and today it is the most visited and one of the most important museums in Poland. It collects collections of paintings, prints, sculptures, fabrics, goldsmiths, militaria, porcelain and furniture. Enter the former royal chambers with your guide to see Sigismund Augustus' famous tapestries and wonderful Italian Renaissance paintings. After exploring the original royal chambers that give you an idea of the castle's Renaissance and Baroque décor, take a peek into the majestic Cathedral where many kings were ruled, and learn the most interesting historical facts about rulers, interspersed with fairy tales and rumors. After leaving Wawel, head towards the Old Town to continue exploring Krakow with your guide. Enter a 15th-century cellar and taste delicious wine with traditional Polish tapas. End your trek in a cafe on the roof of one of the tenement houses, from where you can admire the magnificent Royal Castle, Krakow and the Vistula River.

Krakow: Wawel Guided Tour with Lunch and River Cruise

6. Krakow: Wawel Guided Tour with Lunch and River Cruise

Discover Wawel Royal Castle and its cathedral on a guided tour. Enjoy lunch at a local cafe. Take a boat cruise on the Vistula to see Wawel Hill and more from the water. Meet your guide in Krakow's old town close to Wawel Hill. Head straight to discover one of the most important museums in Poland, home to collections of paintings, sculptures, fabrics, militaria, porcelain, and furniture. Step back in time with a visit to the permanent exhibition in the State Rooms of the castle, where monarchs entertained their visiting dignitaries. Be immersed in the recreated Renaissance and Baroque decor. Next, enter the majestic cathedral at the heart of the royal complex. Discover its fascinating history intertwined with fairy tale stories. See its 18 ostentatious chapels, the imposing tomb of the former Bishop of Kraków, and the bones of Wawel's dragon. Then, head to a nearby cafe to catch your breath. Enjoy a two-course lunch before boarding a modern catamaran for an intimate cruise on the Vistula. Admire the rocky Wawel Hill as it towers over the banks of the river. See the cathedral and Krakow from a different angle.

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

7. 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: Old Town Tour on a Golf Car with Authentic Lunch

8. Krakow: Old Town Tour on a Golf Car with Authentic Lunch

Explore UNESCO World Heritage Sites on this multi-stop Krakow tour. Visit the most important places in the Old Town in a comfortable, eco-friendly golf cart. Embark on a guided tour of Wawel Castel and the Wieliczka Salt Mine. Have an authentic Polish lunch. Jump aboard a heated electric golf cart and listen to your audio guide as you drive through Planty Park and see the remains of medieval walls and the Krakow Barbican. Continue on to the Main Market Square with Cloth Hall and St. Mary's Basilica. Pass through the Latin Quarter with the Collegium Maius courtyard, the Church of St. Anne, the Academy of Fine Arts, St. Florian’s Church, a Gothic Franciscan Monastery, and the Papal Window. Stop at Wawel Royal Cathedral and Wawel Royal Castle to begin your guided tour. See the collections of paintings, sculptures, fabrics, gold, military items, porcelain, and furniture. Partake in a 2-course lunch before heading to the Salt Mine for a guided tour that includes an underground church. Experience the unique microclimate and see the Salt Mine Health Resort.

Krakow: Old Town, Wawel, and Wieliczka Salt Mine with Lunch

9. Krakow: Old Town, Wawel, and Wieliczka Salt Mine with Lunch

Explore UNESCO World Heritage Sites on this multi-stop Krakow tour. Visit the most important places in the Old Town in a comfortable, eco-friendly golf cart. Embark on a guided tour of Wawel Castel and the Wieliczka Salt Mine. Have an authentic Polish lunch.  Jump aboard a heated electric golf cart and listen to your audio guide as you see Planty Park with the remains of medieval walls and the Krakow Barbican. Drive through the Main Market Square with Cloth Hall and St. Mary's Basilica. Pass through the Latin Quarter with the Collegium Maius courtyard, the Church of St. Anne, the Academy of Fine Arts, St. Florian’s Church, a Gothic Franciscan Monastery, and the Papal Window. Stop at Wawel Royal Cathedral and Wawel Royal Castle to start your guided tour. See the collections of paintings, sculptures, fabrics, gold, military items, porcelain, and furniture. Partake in a 2-course lunch. Head to the Salt Mine for a guided tour that includes an underground church. Experience the unique microclimate and see the Salt Mine Health Resort.

Krakow: Old Town Golf Cart Tour with Wawel Castle Tour

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

Explore the oldest sights in Krakow's old town with an eco-friendly golf cart tour and learn about these sights with your audio guide. Discover the old residence of Polish kings with a 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.

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What people are saying about The Lost Wawel

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 926 reviews

We have booked the tour the day before. Together with my friend we were the only attendants. Our guide Eva was very knowledgeable and was telling the history very interesting. The tour includes only visiting the hill, without entering the church or the castle itself. However I advise you to spend 1,5 hour of free time on this tour

Super guiding by the most knowledgeable guide who answered our many questions an comments. An excellent introduction to the rich history of the Wawel heights and the royal Poland. All thumbs up!

A very successful tour, which was carried out according to the wishes and in particular had the expected depth of information. No question remained unanswered. Any time

Very knowledgeable guide, with a private tour due to how cold it was! The castle was beautiful and the history was also very interesting

A very nice guide, kind, smiling. TERMINOWA. recommends a guided tour of Wawel