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Royal Wawel Castle

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The Royal Wawel Castle in Krakow’s old town is a beautiful monument and due to its location built on a limestone hill, it is visible from afar and helps the average tourist find their way. The Royal Wawel Castle boasts a majestic and rich museum collection. The Royal Wawel Castle represents essentially two historic groups of buildings: The Royal Palace and The Basilica of St.Wacława and St. Stanislaus.

Sightseeing of the Royal Wawel Castle and the Basilica is mainly offered on four set routes: Royal State Rooms, Royal Private Apartments, Crown Treasury and Armory, and the Wawel Cathedral and Royal Tombs. In addition, when visiting the Royal Wawel Castle you should also take the time to visit the "Royal Gardens," the Dragon's Lair and climb the tower of the cathedral where you will be able to admire the giant Bell “Zygmunt” and the beautiful view of the surrounding area.

Exhibitions in the Royal Castle:

Royal State Rooms

The Royal State Room exhibitions are a combination of three rooms on the ground floor, forming an apartment along with exhibition rooms on the 2nd floor of the Wawel Castle, which were originally designed for the royal representation at the castle. These include halls: Turniejowa (Tournament), Senatorska (Senators) and Poselska (Deputies), being the most well-known of the 3, recognizable through the ceiling decoration of carved heads, called the “Wawel heads."

Open hours: 1 April – 31 Oct. 1 Nov. – 31 March Attention
Mondays Closed Closed
Closed on the following dates:
  • 1 January
  • Easter(Sat., sun., Mon.)
  • 1, 11 Novermber
  • 24, 25 December

    28 II-21 III 2011
Tuesday-Friday 9.30 – 17.00 9.30 – 16.00
Saturday 10.00 – 17.00 9.30 – 16.00
Sunday 10.00 – 17.00 Free entrance
10.00 – 16.00
     
Ticket Price:    
Normal 17 zł 15 zł
Reduced 10 zł 8 zł

Royal Private Apartments

The Royal Private Apartments are a series of rooms on the 2nd floor of the castle, that were occupied by the king and his immediate family when the castle functioned as the seat for polish kings. The total design of the residential chambers is dominated by the Renaissance style, including furniture imported from Italy, the Netherlands and Germany. In this section, you can also see the famous tapestries from the collection of Sigismund Augustus.

Open hours: 1 April – 31 Oct. 1 Nov. – 31 March Attention
Mondays Closed Closed
Closed on the following dates:
  • 1 January
  • Easter(Sat., sun., Mon.)
  • 1, 11 Novermber
  • 24, 25 December

    28 II-21 III 2011
Tuesday-Friday 9.30 – 17.00 9.30 – 16.00
Saturday 10.00 – 17.00 9.30 – 16.00
Sunday 10.00 – 17.00 Closed
     
Ticket Price:    
Normal 24 zł 20 zł
Reduced 18 zł 15 zł



Guided tours are only available in Polish or English (The charge for the guide is included in the ticket price)

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Crown Treasury and Armoury.

The Crown Treasury is an exhibition containing a collection of memorabilia left over from reigning dynasties of Polish kings. Here, you can see the insignia of royal power. Among the most valuable exhibits, you will see: The Spear St. Maurice, crown jewels from the time of “King Ladislaus the Short” and “Queen Jadwiga” and swords preserved from the famous battle of Grunwald.

The Armory is combined with the exhibition of the Treasury, displayed here today are military artifacts, which have been collected in the past sixty years.

Open hours: 1 April – 31 Oct. 1 Nov. – 31 March Attention
Mondays Free entrance
9.30 – 13.00
Closed
Closed on the following dates:
  • 1 January
  • Easter(Sat., sun., Mon.)
  • 1, 11 Novermber
  • 24, 25 December
Tuesday-Friday 9.30 – 17.00 9.30 – 16.00
Saturday 10.00 – 17.00 9.30 – 16.00
Sunday 10.00 – 17.00 Closed
     
Ticket Price:    
Normal 17 zł 15 zł
Reduced 10 zł 8 zł

 

Oriental Art

The Oriental Art exhibition displays King Sigismund Augustus, and the later kings of the Vasa dynasty's great love for the oriental works of art. Among the most important examples of this exhibition are a collection of tents, Chinese and Japanese ceramics, Mohammedan carpets and tapestries and of course different types of weapons, mainly white arms.

Open hours: 1 April – 31 Oct. 1 Nov. – 31 March Attention
Mondays Closed Closed
Closed on the following dates:
  • 1 January
  • Easter(Sat., sun., Mon.)
  • 1, 11 Novermber
  • 24, 25 December

    28 II-21 III 2011
Tuesday-Friday 9.30 – 17.00 9.30 – 16.00
Saturday 10.00 – 17.00 9.30 – 16.00
Sunday 10.00 – 17.00 Closed
     
Ticket Price:    
Normal 8 zł 7 zł
Reduced 5 zł 4 zł

Lost Wawel

Lost Wawel is an archaeological and architectural reserve, along with a permanent indoors exhibition. This exhibition brings us the story of the medieval Royal Wawel Castle. This is mainly possible due to the numerous archaeological excavations that have taken place around the castle grounds. The findings, here are presented in a way that will give you insight into the history of the Wawel Castle.

Open hours: 1 April – 31 Oct. 1 Nov. – 31 March Attention
Mondays Free entrance
9.30 – 13.00
Closed
Closed on the following dates:
  • 1 January
  • Easter(Sat., sun., Mon.)
  • 1, 11 Novermber
  • 24, 25 December
Tuesday-Friday 9.30 – 17.00 9.30 – 16.00
Saturday 10.00 – 17.00 9.30 – 16.00
Sunday 10.00 – 17.00

Free entrance 10.00 - 16.00

     
Ticket Price:    
Normal 8 zł 7 zł
Reduced 5 zł 4 zł

Dragon's Den

The Dragon's den is a cave located at the foot of Wawel Hill. There is a spiral staircase just outside the entrance to the main courtyard, through which visitors can enter the cave. The legend of the Wawel Dragon has been commemorated with a statue by Ladislaus Bromego. You can "order" this dragon to blow fire by sending an SMS to the number displayed in front of the dragon.


The Dragon's den is open daily from 1 April to 31 October:

  • April, May, June, September, October, 10.00 - 17.00
  • 1-3 May, 23-26 June, July - August 10.00 - 19.00
  • Saturdays and Sundays in May and June 10.00 - 18.00

Ticket price: 3zł

The statue of the dragon can be seen by walking down to the park that lays between the Wawel and the river without the need to by tickets and without restriction on visiting hours.

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The Royal Garden.

The Route of the Royal Garden is available for tourists as an exhibition, which aims to show the gardens as closely as possible to their original appearance, as created in the Renaissance period. The Royal Garden was a busy place, where medicinal herbs and spices were grown along side of many other decorative plants.

The Royal Gardens are closed at this time.

Wawel Cathedral

The Cathedral Basilica of St. Stanisław and St.Wacław on the Wawel Hill is the most important church in Krakow. The cathedral was used for the coronations of Polish kings. All the Krakow's bishops, as well as 17 polish kings, famous poets and great war leaders are buried here.

The cathedral has 10 bells, placed in three different towers, in the main tower Sigismund, there are as many as five, including the famous bell Zygmunt. It is worth climbing the winding stairs to the top of the tower Sigismund, where you can tap the huge Zygmunt Bell, weighing about 12 tons, founded by King Sigismund I.

Admission to the Cathedral is free. However, tickets are needed for sightseeing of: The Zygmunt Bell, The Royal Tombs and The Cathedral Museum.

Ticket prices for these objects:

  • Normal:12,00 zł
  • Reduced :7,00 zł

Reduced ticket prices are available to children and adolescents, students, teachers, pensioners both Polish and from abroad. Valid identification must be produced.

The Wawel Cathedrals opening hours are:

April - September
Mon. - Sat. (Sunday)

  • Department: 9.00 - 17.00 (12.30 - 17.00)
  • Cathedral Museum: 9.00 - 17.00 (Closed)
  • Ticket Sales 9.00 - 16.30 (12.30 - 16.30)


October - March
Mon. - Sat. (Sunday)

  • Department:9.00 - 16.00 (12.30 - 16.00)
  • Cathedral Museum:9.00 - 16.00 (Closed)
  • Ticket Sales:9.00 - 15.30 (12.30 - 15.30)


Wawel Cathedral is closed to visitors on New Year's Day (1.i.), Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Saturday, the Day of Resurrection, All Saints (1.XI.), Christmas Eve (24.XII.), And God Christmas (Dec 25).

The Cathedral Museum is closed on Sundays and holidays.

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