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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 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. 

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Krakow: Skip The Line Wawel Castle Guided Tour

2. Krakow: Skip The Line Wawel Castle Guided Tour

Don’t waste your time at Wawel waiting in lines — skip the line with this fast-track ticket and spend as much time as possible exploring this historic fortified architectural complex. Join a well-organized, small-group tour of between 12 and 15 participants in your preferred language and choose the parts of the complex you would like to see from the various options. From a 1-hour visit of just the Cathedral to a 4.5-hour visit of the entire complex, take in the magnificence of Wawel in a way that best suits your preferences and schedule.   Wawel Cathedral The richest part of Wawel Hill, the Cathedral, is the most important cathedral in Poland and a real pearl among architectural masterpieces. Head inside with your guide and admire the beautiful interior, where Polish kings were coronated and buried. You’ll also see the famous Sigismund Bell in the tower, and many richly decorated chapels.   State Rooms, Wawel Hill, and Courtyard The Wawel Castle State Rooms were home to the most famous Polish kings, like Zygmunt III Waza and Wladyslaw Lokietek. Their interiors are full of ancient paintings and stunning tapestries, which have been preserved from the original decorations. You’ll also explore picturesque Wawel Hill and the courtyard surrounded by impressive defensive walls.   Royal Apartments The private Royal Apartments offer a rich experience for those who love design, architecture, and history. Explore the collections of silverware and paintings, as well as the column hall and Renaissance furniture.

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Krakow: Vistula River Cruise with an Audio Guide

3. Krakow: Vistula River Cruise with an Audio Guide

Spend time on the Vistula River getting to know the city from a unique perspective. Listen to an audio guide describe the sights and sounds around you as you cruise down the water. Admire Wawel Royal Castle, the Kościuszko Mound, and more.  Hop on board and set sail to spot Krakow sights such as the Basilica of St. Michael the Archangel, the Church of St. Catherine, the Family Home of Holy Father John Paul II, the Convent of the Norbertine Sisters, and the Camaldolese Monastery in Bielany. Cruise past the Wawel defensive walls with a panorama of Wawel Royal Castle, Wawel Cathedral, and the famous silhouette of the Wawel dragon. Snap photos of Krakow bridges, footbridges, and more. Listen to the audio guide as you learn the history of the iconic sights passed along the way. Hear stories about the people who lived in this historic city and how the city has changed over the years.

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Krakow: Wawel Castle & Cathedral Guided Tour

4. 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.

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Krakow: Electric Golf Cart Tour of the Old Town

5. Krakow: Electric Golf Cart Tour of the Old Town

Enjoy audio commentary as you ride through Krakow's Old Town on a heated electric golf cart on this group tour. View sights like Planty park and a 13th-century gothic Franciscan monastery. Hop onboard your golf cart and enjoy expert audio commentary as you go. Hear stories from history as you see highlights in Planty park, like medieval walls and the well-preserved fortifications at the Barbican. Ride to the Main Market square to see the Renaissance-style Cloth Hall and the Baroque St. Mary's Basilica. Admire the Collegium Maius where Copernicus once studied. Pass by the Baroque 17th-century Church of St. Anna, the Academy of Fine Arts, the tower at St. Florian's Gate, and a the papal window in a Franciscan monastery. Marvel at the royal cathedral and castle on Wawel hill.

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Krakow: The Old Town Walking Tour

6. Krakow: The Old Town Walking Tour

Experience the ultimate introduction to Krakow with a guided walking tour of the historic Old Town. Start your tour in the heart of the city in front of St. Mary's Basilica. You'll feel like you've stepped back in time as you stroll amongst the medieval architecture in the Main Market Square, the largest square in Europe. Your professional guide will take you to the top sights of Krakow and inform you of its dramatic history. They will also provide you with insider knowledge of what to visit, see and eat while you're in this beautiful city. You'll end your tour at Wawel Castle, the impressive royal residence of Polish kings.

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Krakow: Wawel Castle & Old Town Guided Skip-the-Line Tour

7. Krakow: Wawel Castle & Old Town Guided Skip-the-Line Tour

Discover the highlights of Krakow's history during this walking tour. Start with the top attraction in the city, the amazing Wawel Castle. First, have an opportunity to explore this fascinating castle from the outside, where you will see its most important points like defensive walls, Wawel Dragon, Wawel Cathedral and much more. Outside, your guide will treat you to information about this place and its history. After this introduction, step inside Castle Wawel which is even more impressive than its exterior. Explore the most important parts of the castle, including the royal staterooms. In addition to many precious monuments, the castle is also full of ancient paintings and stunning tapestries, which have been preserved from the interior's original decoration. Next, follow in the footsteps of the Kings of Poland as you explore the famous Royal Route from Wawel Hill to the Old Town. Get to the Main Market Square to admire the Gothic exterior of St. Mary's Basilica. Marvel at the decorative details of the historic Cloth Hall, where traveling merchants would meet to discuss business and barter their wares. Finally, pass one of the world's oldest universities, Jagiellonian University, and go to the green oasis of Planty Park, built on the site of the medieval city walls.

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Krakow: Evening Cruise with a Glass of Wine

8. 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.

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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.

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Krakow: Underground Museum Visit & Old Town Private Tour

10. Krakow: Underground Museum Visit & Old Town Private Tour

Go beneath the surface of Krakow’s long and tangled history with a tour of the one-of-a-kind Underground Museum. Enjoy convenient skip-the-line entry and an exclusive private tour that allows you to avoid the crowds and enjoy the exhibition in a small intimate group. Reach the museum under Krakow's famous Market Square and follow your guide through underground corridors, learning about the countless relics and items uncovered by archeologists. Take advantage of the private tour setting to adjust the tempo and topics of the tour to your tastes. Immerse yourself in the history and culture of an earlier Krakow as you stroll through the city's original streets and cellars of buildings that no longer exist.  Then continue your private tour through the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Old Town of Krakow. Admire the beauty of monumental Wawel Castle and the cozy Kazimierz District. Walk along the famous Royal Route from the Middle Ages and pass top sights like St. Mary's Basilica and Cloth Hall. Visit hidden gems with your guide that will make you feel like a local.

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What people are saying about Wawel Royal Castle

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 1,234 reviews

What can I say other than a fantastic tour. Our guide, Magda, was excellent and very knowledgeable. She told us every intricate detail about the castle, things you would not get in the leaflets or blurbs. Would recommend a guided tour to ensure you you make the most of it. Magda was very friendly and offered to take pictures, which we will savour!

Magda was the most professional, dynamic and engaging expert of all guides I have ever met. She was thoroughly immersed in all eras of Krakow history, and as the day went by, she recognized my interests and focused on those. During the tour, her friendliness combined with her vast historical knowledge, made it a perfect day! Thanks,Magda!

eugenio was very kind and helpful, the explanations were very clear and he answered all questions. surely if we go back to krakow we will turn to him.

We had a great tour with Krzysztof. He went over and above for us to give us the full Krakow experience. Very informative and fun.

Chris the guide was very knowledgeable and helpful.