Wawel Royal Castle, Krakow

#3 of 61 in Historic Sites in Krakow
Must see · Historic Walking Area · Castle
Visit Wawel Royal Castle to see the home of Poland's kings for several centuries that now features one of the country's major art museums. Ransacked and vandalized numerous times, the castle was plagued with foreign invaders until the early decades of the 20th century. The art museum was established in 1930. Take the short walk from Krakow's Old Town, and you'll be rewarded with a vast collection of Italian Renaissance paintings, prints, tapestries, and sculptures. The museum is also a center for conservation of exotic works. Be sure to visit Europe's largest collection of Ottoman tents. To see everything in a single day, arrive as early as you can. Arrange your visit to Wawel Royal Castle and discover more family-friendly attractions in Krakow using our Krakow online trip maker.
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  • Wawel Castle is probably the absolute very best presentation of an ancient castle. Every aspect of the exhibits, signage and audio recording are meticulously well done. You can easily spend an...  more »
  • Missed out on this sight last time we were in Kraków, so we're keen to visit this time. The building and grounds are lovely, and are worth seeing, but the lack of organisation and Covid measures let.....  more »
  • Unfortunately we only had the chance to visit the Cathedral as the number of people admitted in the rest of the castle is limited for some strange reason. Also, no one informs you of this fact so that was a disappointment. Other than that, the cathedral is beautiful with all the different chapels, the royal tombs and the Sigismund's tower is definitely worth visiting.
  • The Wawel Royal Castle is probably the main attraction in Krakow and it you like medieval castles you will not be disappointed. You can visit (all guided visits, not wandering around) the interior of the castle which has a particular style, somehow sober compared to more eccentric castles in France or Italy. In particular they have a beautiful collection of Belgium tapestries.

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