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Historical Tour of Krakow’s Wawel Royal Hill

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10 EUR

The Wawel Castle is a must-visit when in Krakow. Perched atop a hill overlooking the Vistula river, it’s the crown jewel of the city’s architectural treasures. Get to know the history of Poland right where it started and see where the royals once lived on a captivating tour with our expert guide.

Duration: 2 hours
    Available in
  • English
Ticket line incredibly long. Arrived without pre purchased tickets early afternoon, one ticket window open only, on line probably an hour behind possibly 150people. Took English speaking tour. Guide extremely knowledgeable. Wear sneakers! Cobblestone-like walking surface leads to tired feet. Beautiful, beautiful, carvings etc. very informative and amazing tour. We didn’t eat at restaurant but food looked and smelled delicious. Don’t miss museum tour at end. More to see outside mine when you exit. Leave a little time to walk around outside. Highly recommended.
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Highlights

  • Polish kings and queens and their secrets revealed
  • Meet the Wawel Dragon and discover its legend
  • Get to know the history of Poland right where it started

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Description

Dating back to the 14th century, the Wawel Royal Castle complex is by far the most important collection of buildings in Poland. Its historical and artistic value places it among the gems of the UNESCO World Heritage List.

The great halls, churches, state apartments, and courtyards that make up the vast complex each have their own stories to tell.

As you stroll through the royal chambers, our expert guide will bring the castle to life by explaining the turbulent history surrounding the various buildings, and their royal and presidential connections.

Please dress respectfully (cover your shoulders and knees) as you’ll be visiting the Wawel Cathedral. Those who aren’t dressed appropriately might not be permitted entry.

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What’s included & not included

  • Expert guide
  • Entry to the Lost Wawel exhibition
  • Tips (optional)

Meeting point

Your guide will be waiting in Kanonicza 11 (in front of Bon Ami) (Kanonicza 11, Kraków, Polska)

Reviews from travellers (3)

5.0/5

H
Awesome tour!
Ticket line incredibly long. Arrived without pre purchased tickets early afternoon, one ticket window open only, on line probably an hour behind possibly 150people. Took English speaking tour. Guide extremely knowledgeable. Wear sneakers! Cobblestone-like walking surface leads to tired feet. Beautiful, beautiful, carvings etc. very informative and amazing tour. We didn’t eat at restaurant but food looked and smelled delicious. Don’t miss museum tour at end. More to see outside mine when you exit. Leave a little time to walk around outside. Highly recommended.
J
Exceptional
The tour guide was exceptionally well informed, passionate about her presentation and also had a wonderful sense of humor!
K
Interesting
It was a nice thing to see. The castle makes a really good impression. My favourite place here is this one close to dragon.

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Wow!
This is a must visit. It totally explains what happened before the holocaust really took hold. The story of everyday people and the changes made to every single life.. everyone was effected in some way. The very beginning through to the end of a terrible era of atrocity... we had a superb guide called Anya who explained it all and really brought the brutality Home to us. I would recommend a guide wholeheartedly
T
Following the film...
An excellent guided tour! Thank you Anna. Very informative and the personal touch , stories of your grandparents was appreciated. We learnt far much with you than if we had gone round on our own. I can't quite believe how quickly Krakow was occupied over that week in September 1939. And how people were treated.

I'd recommend this tour to anyone visiting! Popped next door to the art museum after for coffee and cake! Nice.
S
Great experience
I'm so glad we paid for this and didn't just go to the factory on our own. The guide turned up bang on time and was really knowledgeable, spoke good English and told us so many facts as we went round. Its not just about Schindler, we were immersed in the horrible history of the war. Really recommend this trip. Also note that if you want to go without the pre booked guided tour they only allow so many in each day so you need to get there early.
R
Excellent overview starting with the beginning of WW 2 in Poland
All of the guided tours were filled. We obtained our self guided tickets at the ticket office at the back of the Cloth Hall with a set time to arrive. We were so glad we were not with a guided tour. Everything has written explanations & you can go at your own pace. Actually when there is a group it tends to clog up the path as at some places the path is narrow. The museum is not just about the story of Oskar Schindler. It tells the story of Poland & the Jewish people. Some pictures & sounds were graphic but you leave knowing the truth about the suffering of the people.
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Discover how much he did to save the Jewish people
This museum covers the Nazi occupation of Krakow during World War 2. It shows how Oskar Schindler treated the Polish and Jews he employed and what he did to save as many of them as he could. When you first start your visit there is a cinema where a few of the Schindler Jews tell what he did to help them and save them. You start on the second floor and work your way down. There are lots of displays and videos of people describing what life was like during the occupation. This museum has wheelchair access and you can pay for a guided tour even though all displays have Polish and English descriptions. There is only a slight mention of the movie Schindler's List and that is right at the end near the cafe. A limited number of free lockers are available for you to store bags and jackets during your visit. Purchase your tickets in advance as those people are let in first. If there are any spots left then walk in visitors are allowed. We didn't purchase tickets in advance but got there 20 minutes before opening time so were near the front of the queue and were allowed in. We did hear people saying the museum was full by 11 am the previous day and lined up early this time. The #3 tram will get you from the old town across the river to the museum. Get off at the first tram stop after you cross the river and exit to the right behind the tram. Follow the signs on the street poles for a short 5 minute walk to the museum. Allow around 3 hours to properly visit the museum. Entry to the factory is free on Monday but is closed the first Monday of each month.
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