Katedra Wawelska (Wawel Cathedral) Tours

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Wawel Cathedral - or Katedra Wawelska - has witnessed most of the coronations, funerals and entombments of Poland's monarchs and strongmen over the centuries, and wandering around the grandiose funerary monuments and royal sarcophagi is like a fast-forward tour through Polish history. The cathedral is both an extraordinary artistic achievement and Poland's spiritual sanctuary. The building you see is the third church on this site, consecrated in 1364. The original cathedral was founded sometime after the turn of the first millennium by King Bolesław Chrobry and was replaced with a larger Romanesque construction around 1140. When it burned down in 1305, only the Crypt of St Leonard survived.

The present-day Katedra Wawelska is basically a Gothic structure but chapels in different styles were built around it later. Before you enter, note the massive iron door and, hanging on a chain to the left, huge prehistoric animal bones. They are believed to have magical powers; as long as they are here, the cathedral will remain too. Once inside, you'll get lost in a maze of sarcophagi, tombstones and altarpieces scattered throughout the nave, chancel and ambulatory. Among a score of chapels, a highlight is the Holy Cross Chapel (Kaplica Świętokrzyska) with its unique 15th-century Byzantine frescoes and the red marble sarcophagus (1492). The showpiece chapel, however, is the Sigismund Chapel (Kaplica Zygmuntowska) up the aisle and on the southern wall. It is often referred to as 'the most beautiful Renaissance chapel north of the Alps' and recognized by its gilded dome from the outside. Diagonally opposite is the Tomb of St Queen Hedwig (Sarkofag Św Królowej Jadwigi), a much beloved and humble 14th-century monarch whose unpretentious wooden coronation regalia are on display nearby. In the centre of the cathedral stands the flamboyant Baroque Shrine of St Stanislaus, the bishop of Kraków, who was canonized in 1253 and is now the patron saint of Poland. 

Practical Info

The Katedra Wawelska is part of Wawel Castle on Wawel Hill. It is a short walk from the Old Town or you can catch tram number 10. Make sure you validate your ticket on the tram - plain clothes inspectors are vigilant in Krakow.

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Address: Wawel 3, Krakow 31-001, Poland
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Hours: Open daily. Museum closed Mondays.
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Wawel Cathedral Entrance Ticket with Audio Guide

Walk in the footsteps of Polish monarchs and spiritual leaders on an audio-guided tour of Wawel Cathedral—one of Poland's most cherished sanctuaries. See where centuries of kings were crowned and visit their elaborate tombs in the chapels and mausoleum. Climb up Sigismund Tower to admire the massive Sigismund Bell along with panoramic views of Old Town Krakow, and pay tribute to John Paul II in a museum showcasing the beloved pope’s legacy and connection to Wawel.
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Krakow City Sightseeing Private Tour

Get an insider's view of UNESCO World Heritage-listed Krakow with this private guided tour of the city. See the main sites, including Wawel Castle, the main square and many ancient churches, and learn about the history of each place. Stroll around Kazimierz, the city's former Jewish neighborhood, now a trendy and hip part of town.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Krakow Evening Food Walking Tour

Treat your taste buds to a 2.5-hour food and walking tour through the evening-lit streets of Krakow. Try tastings of local smoked cheese and ‘pierogies,’ the famous stuffed dumplings filled with meat and potatoes, as you travel through the hidden haunts of the Main Market Square. Wash it all down with a cold Polish beer before heading to the vibrant Kazimierz district. There, savor delicious Jewish fare and a shot of ‘bison grass’ vodka before parting ways with your guide.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Krakow Old Town, Jewish Quarter Walking Tour and Optional Wawel Castle Visit

Stroll the streets of Krakow’s UNESCO-listed Old Town and Kazimierz district on this 3-hour tour. Led by a guide, wander past top attractions, including St. Mary’s Basilica and the medieval Main Square. Learn about each architectural gem as you go, and explore the former city of Kazimierz, now a charming and history-steeped district of Krakow. Numbers are reserved to 20 to keep this experience as intimate as possible.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Krakow in One Day Sightseeing Tour

Explore Krakow on this 3.5-hour tour of the city’s top attractions. Led by an expert guide, see Wawel Castle, the main square of the UNESCO-listed Old Town and St Mary’s Church. Stretch your legs with a walking tour of the Jewish quarter and browse the Cloth Hall, once a major center of international trade. Your tour will conclude in the center of the city.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Private Tour: Krakow Walking Tour of Old Town, Kazimierz and Wawel Hill

Soak up a more personalized experience of Krakow on a 3-hour walking tour with a private guide. Explore the bustling Jewish quarter of Kazimierz and the Old Town, including St Mary’s Basilica, Cloth Hall and other major landmarks. As you go, learn about Krakow’s medieval legends and rich history from your guide. Refuel with a Polish dessert and beverage before topping off your trip with a visit to Wawel Royal Castle and the cathedral.
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Private Krakow Sightseeing Tour

Discover the best of Krakow on a private sightseeing tour. A private tour will give you a more personalized experience, and you’ll have your guide’s undivided attention for questions. It’s a great introduction to the city, as well as the perfect way to get your bearings. Save time and see many highlights in one tour, such as the Main Market Square, St. Mary’s Church, the Cloth Hall, and much more.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Private Tour: Krakow Catholic Churches and Monuments

Experience Krakow’s famous Catholic churches on a 3-hour private tour. Led by an expert guide, visit St Mary’s Basilica and learn about the trumpet signal that calls out on the hour from the highest tower. Pass the Baroque façade of the Church of St Anne and make your way to the Wawel Royal Castle to ascend to the top of the Wawel Cathedral bell tower. Your tour will conclude in central Krakow, where you can continue enjoying the city independently.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Krakow Sightseeing Tour by Minibus

Sieze the day by going on this extensive sightseeing tour of Krakow by minibus. Thanks to the mode of transportation, see a large swath of the city while learning about the history of Krakow: trendy and hip Kazimierz, once the the Jewish ghetto; Grodzka Street, Old Market Square and St. Mary's Basilica, among many other spots.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Krakow and Auschwitz 1 Day Tour from Lodz

Visiting Krakow and Auschwitz by yourself is almost impossible if you don’t rent a car. Avoid the hassle of driving yourself with this guided tour that includes round-trip transport from Lodz. Plus, your admission ticket to Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum allows you to explore the former concentration camp at your own pace. Your guide also takes you on a tour of Krakow afterward.
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Full-Day Private Walking Tour of Krakow from Wroclaw

Get acquainted with the cultural delights of Poland’s beguiling capital on a full-day walking tour of Krakow from Wroclaw. Travel by luxury coach through the picturesque Polish countryside while receiving an interesting introduction to Krakow’s history and culture from your expert guide. Begin your walking tour in the city’s charming former Jewish district and marvel at ancient landmarks like Wawel Castle and the Royal Cathedral. Absorb the vibrant ambience of Old Market Square, Europe’s largest medieval square and navigate the ambient tangle of the UNESCO-listed Old Town before returning to Wroclaw by comfortable coach.  
  • Duration: 10 hours
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Krakow and Wieliczka 1-Day Tour from Lodz

It’s easy to take a quick day trip to Wieliczka and Krakow from Lodz with this full-day tour, including lunch and round-trip transport. During the day, visit the Wieliczka Salt Mines, which was one of the oldest salt mines in operation up until 2007. Then continue on to Krakow, and see Town Hall Tower, St. Mary’s Basilica, and Krakow Barbican.
  • Duration: 1 day
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