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Wawel Cathedral (Katedra Wawelska) Tours

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Wawel Cathedral (Katedra Wawelska)
The coronation site of nearly all Polish monarchs, 14th-century Wawel Cathedral is the country’s major religious site. Located on Wawel Hill next to Wawel Castle, the cathedral boasts grand artworks, chapels, a museum, the 16th-century Sigismund Bell, and tombs of Poland’s royals and patron saint, St. Stanislaus.

The Basics

As one of Krakow’s key historical buildings and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Wawel Cathedral is an essential part of visiting the city. While outwardly less impressive than St. Mary’s Cathedral in the Main Market Square (Rynek Glowny), it’s steeped in royal history, so included on almost every city tour.
 
Explore independently with an audio guide, on a full-day tour with a guide to chart its royal past, or on a private tour that also covers Krakow’s former Jewish quarter, Kazimierz. Alternatively, if you’re stuck for time, take a shorter overview tour of Krakow’s landmarks, or combine two outings in one—perhaps booking a culinary-and-sightseeing tour that includes street-food tastings in between stops at Krakow’s principal sites. You can also view the cathedral and other Krakow must-sees on day trips from places such as Wroclaw or on multi-day Poland tours.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Wawel Cathedral is a must for history aficionados and first-time visitors to Krakow.
  • Cathedral admission is free, although a small all-in-one fee applies for the Sigismund Bell, royal crypts, and museum.
  • Wear comfortable shoes, especially if you plan to climb the bell tower.
 
How to Get There
Wawel Cathedral lies on Wawel Hill in Krakow’s Old Town. To reach it on foot from the Main Market Square, follow Grodska and Kanonicza—it’s about a 10-minute walk. The nearest tram stops are Wawel and Stradom, and the closest bus stops are Jubilat and Stradom.
 
When to Get There

Wawel Cathedral welcomes visitors Monday–Saturday morning to late afternoon and on Sunday after lunch to late afternoon between April and October; the church is open morning to afternoon between November and April. The cathedral museum operates by the same times but is closed on Sundays. To avoid the busiest times, aim to visit early on weekdays.
 
What to See at Wawel Cathedral

Top sights include the belfry’s 500-year-old Sigismund Bell—one of the world’s biggest. Climb the stairs to see it and make a wish—it’s said it will come true. Other must-sees include the cathedral museum’s royal regalia and weaponry and the 10 royal tombs in the crypts. The other highlight is St. Stanislaus’ tomb, which takes pride of place in the nave.
Address: Wawel 3, Krakow 31-001, Poland
Admission: Varies
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, Aug 2018
If you purchase this ticket, you have to go to Discover Cracow to pick up the real ticket. That was a an extra 20-30 minute walk. We could have just waited in line. This voucher only gets you into the cathedral. You have to go to the cathedral ticket office to get the headset and give a deposit for the headset. the process was confusing and did not save time. The cathedrals was packed with school children and senior tours. It is an amazing place, but poorly managed.

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Wawel Cathedral Entrance Ticket with Audio GuideAttraction Tickets

Wawel Cathedral Entrance Ticket with Audio Guide

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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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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Wawel Cathedral (Katedra Wawelska) can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 40 Wawel Cathedral (Katedra Wawelska) tickets and tours on Viator.
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