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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 Old Town: 2-Hour Private Tour with Local Historian

3. Krakow Old Town: 2-Hour Private Tour with Local Historian

Welcome to the Royal Krakow, one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Discover the most important monuments of the City of Polish kings, including the Old Town and the Wawel Hill. These monuments are among the most important monuments in Poland, and are also listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. While exploring the Royal Krakow, you will be able to feel the beating heart of Poland. For centuries Wawel was a place of residence of the kings of Poland, Sweden and Lithuania. Immerse yourself in the atmosphere of the old streets of beautiful Krakow and feel the unique charm of the Old Town. Explore one of the most beautiful cities in Europe with a history teacher. You will discover such sites as the Main Market Square, St. Mary’s Basilica, St. Adalbert’s Church, the Town Hall Tower, Planty Park, Jagiellonian University, Sukiennice Cloth Hall and the Royal Castle and the Cathedral. Your guide will be a history teacher and PhD student, who has for many years been fascinated by history, especially the history of Christianity and Israel. He is a Polish native and is well traveled, having spent extensive time in the countries of both Sweden and Israel, but is glad to call Poland his home.

Krakow: Wawel Cathedral Guided Tour with Admission Tickets

4. 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.

Family-friendly Krakow

5. Family-friendly Krakow

Avoid the usual sightseeing tours and discover the highlights of Krakow with a family-friendly private guide. Exchange boring historical facts for intriguing legends and fairy tales to keep your kids entertained at all times. Marvel at the monuments of Main Market Square in the historic Old Town, along with other landmarks such as St. Mary's Basilica and Wawel Cathedral on Wawel Hill, where the kings of Poland set up residence in the 17th century. Follow your guide on an exciting adventure that includes tasks for children. Try to defeat the legendary Wawel dragon to look inside his amazing cave. Hear about events from the Middle Ages and learn about the more recent history of the city along the way. You can opt for a 3-hour option to check how confectioners create sweets, where sugar artists will show you the art of hand-made sweets in their factory. You will of course receive still-warm candies to take them home. If you opt for the 4-hour version you will enter Historyland. Historyland is a very modern area where history is shown in a unique way through Lego bricks. You can let your kids find themselves in the heart of modern events as they learn the history of Poland through models built from Lego bricks and interactive solutions.

Krakow Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt & Walking Tour

6. 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.

From Warsaw: Krakow & Wieliczka Small Group Tour with Lunch

7. From Warsaw: Krakow & Wieliczka Small Group Tour with Lunch

This tour starts in Warsaw. You will be picked up by English speaking driver from your hotel. First you will visit the Wieliczka Salt Mine, which was built in the 13th century and produced table salt continuously until 1996. Under the ground level you will find salt sculptures, lakes, and unbelievably spectacular chambers. More than 1 million tourists visit the mine annually – not without any reason. Afterward, your driver will take you for lunch in a local restaurant either in Auschwitz or in Krakow depending on the timing. In Krakow, a local guide will take you on a tour around the city. You will see among others the Town Hall Tower, St. Mary’s Basilica, Krakow Barbicane, and ‘Sukiennice‘ (Cloth Hall). The most interesting sight is the Wawel Hill with its Cathedral and Royal Castle, a place of royal coronations, weddings, and funerals. Some of its oldest stone buildings can be dated back to the 10th century. In a cave at the foot of the hill, on the bank of the Vistula River, Wawel Dragon had his lair – the dragon’s cave is now a popular tourist stop. After the tour, you will come back to Warsaw around 22:00.

Krakow: Wawel Castle Private Walking Tour

8. 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: Wawel Castle & Cathedral Guided Tour

9. 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.

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

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Wawel Cathedral

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 318 reviews

Fabulous tour! Our guide was very knowledgeable and friendly, and spoke perfect English. She showed us the highlights in Wawel castle & cathedral in our 2 hour tour, and explained the history & details of everything we saw. I highly recommend this tour, especially for those who don't have time or energy for the longer tour options.

we had an exceptionally good guide who provided just the right amount of information. the tour was interesting for myself and my 15- year- old daughter

The guide told us about Wawel and the cathedral in a very interesting way. We recommend.

Our guide Magda was amazing! I would definitely recomend it to everyone visiting Krakow

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