Wawel Royal Castle (Zamek Wawelski) Tours

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The political and cultural centre of Poland until the end of the 16th century, Wawel Royal Castle, also known as Zamek Wawelski is, like Wawel Cathedral, the very symbol of Poland's national identity. The original, rather small residence of the Zamek Wawelski was built in the early 11th century by King Bolesław Chrobry beside t he chapel dedicated to the Virgin Mary (known as the Rotunda of SS Felix and Adauctus). King Kazimierz Wielki turned it into a formidable Gothic castle, but when it burned down in 1499, King Zygmunt Stary commissioned a new residence. Within 30 years a splendid Renaissance palace, designed by Italian architects, was in place. Despite further extensions and alterations, the 3-store Renaissance structure, complete with a courtyard arcaded on three sides, has been preserved to this day.

Repeatedly sacked and vandalized by the Swedish and Prussian armies, the castle was occupied after the Third Partition by the Austrians, who intended to make Wawel a citadel. Their plan included turning the castle into barracks, and the cathedral into a garrison church, moving the royal tombs elsewhere. They never got that far but they did turn the royal kitchen and coach house into a military hospital and razed two churches standing at the outer courtyard to make room for a parade ground. They also enveloped the whole hill with a new ring of massive brick walls, largely ruining the original Gothic fortifications. The castle was recovered by Poles after WWI and the restoration began immediately and continued up until the outbreak of WWII. The work was resumed after the war and has been able to recover a good deal of the castle's earlier external form and its interior decoration.

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Wavel Royal Castle is on Wawel Hill, 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. The castle is now a museum containing 5 separate sections, each requiring a different ticket that is valid for a specific time. There's a limited daily quota of tickets for some parts, so arrive early if you want to see everything or phone ahead to reserve. You will need a ticket even on 'free' days (Mondays in summer). 

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Address: Wawel 5, Krakow 31-001, Poland
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Krakow - Wawel Castle Guided Tour

Explore Poland’s most prized architectural gem on a 2-hour guided tour of Wawel Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Learn about the history of the Gothic hilltop complex, which dates back to the 14th century and was the royal residence of many Polish kings. Skip the entrance lines, and stroll through grand courtyards, regal chambers, chapels and museum galleries while a guide shares tales from the castle’s long and illustrious history.
  • Duration: 2 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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Krakow Private Walking Tour with Schindler's Factory

Get a fantastic introduction to the rich history and resilient spirit of Krakow with this private city walking tour. See where Polish kings ruled and are buried at the Royal Wawel Castle, stroll through the atmospheric streets of the Kazimierz district, tour the remnants of the old Jewish ghetto established by the Nazis, and much more. Delve deeper into the city's wartime history with an included visit to Oskar Schindler’s Factory, and enjoy hotel transfers and personalized attention from your private guide, who will answer all your questions about this captivating Polish city.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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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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$66.75 USD
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Krakow Mounds Tour

Discover centuries of Polish history and culture on a 5-hour tour of Krakow’s legendary mounds. Learn the background behind these unique hilly monuments built to honor local and national heroes, take in panoramic city views from the tops, and see local landmarks like Wawel Castle, the Communist district, Old Town, and the former Jewish ghetto along the way.
  • Duration: 5 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 Walking Tour

Discover the historical highlights of Krakow on this Old Town walking tour. As you walk through the cobbled lanes and squares, hear fun facts and background on the city’s history, culture, and architecture, and stop for photos at key sights such as St. Mary’s Basilica, Wawel Castle, and the Cloth Hall. About midway through, break for coffee (own expense) and chat with your guide about past and present-day life and traditions in the city.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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In the Footsteps of John Paul II from Krakow

Get an up-close look at the life of John Paul II on this 5-hour tour to Wadowice, the former pope’s childhood home, from Krakow. Journey through the Beskidy Mountains, visit the Sanctuary of Divine Mercy and explore the Archbishop’s Palace as your expert guide provides illuminating background on the beloved pope. Your tour will conclude with transportation back to Krakow.
  • Duration: 6 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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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.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Sightseeing Bike Tour of Krakow

Cycle the scenic streets of Krakow on this 4.5-hour bike tour. Led by a local guide, pedal past the city’s top attractions, such as the former residence of Oskar Schindler, Wawel Castle, the Jewish quarter and more. Learn about the area’s rich history and architecture as you go, stopping to relax with a traditional Polish lunch. After an afternoon of exploration, your tour will conclude at your original departure point.
  • Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
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Krakow Private Walking Tour Including Kazimierz

The UNESCO-listed Old Town and Kazimierz Jewish Quarter are two of Krakow’s most atmospheric districts, but visiting on a group tour can mean limited time for sightseeing. This private 3-hour walking tour ensures a personaslied expeierence and includes the Royal Route, Wawel Castle, the Archbishop´s Palace, and Remuh Synagogue. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Krakow Old Town Guided Walking Tour

Krakow’s UNESCO-listed Old Town is the city’s most atmospheric district and the best way to explore is on foot. This 3-hour walking tour checks off all the highlights, including the Royal Route and the Wawel Castle complex; the medieval St. Mary’s Basilica and 17th-century St Peter and Paul’s Church; and the historic Cloth Hall.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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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.
  • Duration: 1 hour
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Small-Group Segway City Tour in Krakow

See Krakow in an entirely new and fun way: via Segway. This small-group guided Segway tour of Krakow zooms you from site to site while learning about the history of each place. See popular landmarks and hidden gems during this memorable experience.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Private Tour: Krakow City Highlights Tour

Explore Krakow’s top attractions on a 3.5-hour tour customized specifically to your interests. Led by a private guide, take off on foot or by coach through the UNESCO-listed Old Town. See major landmarks including the Cloth Hall and the Barbican, before heading to the historic areas of Nowa Huta and Kazimierz. Learn the rich history the city as you top off your trip with a visit to the Wawel Royal Castle.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Hop on Hop off Kracow Sightseeing Tour

Explore Krakow’s major sights at your own pace with a 1- or 2-day hop-on-hop-off bus tour. Take in the views from a double-decker bus and learn about local history through recored audio commentary, hopping off and back on at any of 10 different stops to design your own perfect day in one of Poland’s most beautiful and historic cities.
  • Duration: 2 days
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Krakow Sightseeing in Retro Car

Explore the beautiful city of Krakow in a retro car. It’s the perfect tour for first-time visitors to get their bearings of the city, and you’ll cover more ground than if you were traveling on foot. Customize your tour based on your preferences—there are a variety of options to choose from, such as a Jewish District Tour, a Ghetto and Podgorze tour, or an Old Town tour. Conveniently, audio guides are available in 14 languages too. 
  • Duration: 9 hours
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2-Day Krakow Combo: In the Footsteps of John Paul II, Pieskowa Skala Castle and Czestochowa Private Tour Including the Black Madonna

Explore Krakow through the life of St John Paul II on this 2-day guided trip. See the pope’s childhood town of Wadowice, along with Czestochowa, home to the revered ‘Black Madonna’ painting at the Jasna Gora monastery. You’ll also witness the relics of St Faustyna Kowalska, who was canonized by John Paul II, in the Sanctuary of Divine Mercy Lagiewniki, and visit a Renaissance castle.
  • Duration: 2 days
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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 Krakow and Wieliczka Salt Mine Tour from Wroclaw

Discover the beautiful medieval city of Krakow and extraordinary Wieliczka Salt Mine on a private day trip from Wroclaw. With an expert private guide, explore the highlights of history-steeped Krakow, once Poland’s royal capital. Admire the legendary cobbled Main Square, and check out other stunners such as Wawel Castle, the residence of Polish kings. Then, travel on to Wieliczka, a UNESCO-protected 13th-century salt mine of subterranean tunnels and galleries. Descend deep underground to explore the salt-carved chapels, church and statues — all wonders to behold — before returning to Wroclaw.
  • Duration: 14 hours
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$215.78 USD
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Krakow Segway Tour Including Old Town and Optional Visit to Podgórze

Glide past Krakow’s top attractions on a 2- or 3-hour Segway tour. Led by a local guide, explore the Jewish quarter of Kazimierz and travel up to the top of Wawel Hill to spot the Royal Castle. You’ll also venture through the Old Town to admire Jagiellonian University, Rynek Główny and more. Upgrade to the 3-hour tour to visit the neighborhood of Podgórze, see Oskar Schindler’s Factory and savor a Polish dessert and coffee. This small-group experience is reserved to eight people.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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$74.80 USD
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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 Historical Sightseeing Tour

Discover the sights of Kraków on a 2-hour walking tour of the city. With a local guide and group, you’ll stroll around the UNESCO-listed Old Market Square as tales of the city’s history ring in your ears. Admire the imposing Cloth Hall; stand before the Wawel Royal Castle and its cathedral; and check out St. Florian’s Gate, the Franciscan Church and more. It’s the perfect experience if you want to check off Krakow’s main sights in a short space of time.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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