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Wawel Royal Castle (Zamek Wawelski) Tours

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Wawel Royal Castle (Zamek Wawelski)
Crowning Krakow’s Wawel Hill and adjoining Wawel Cathedral, Wawel Castle is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that consists of numerous Romanesque, Renaissance, Gothic, and baroque buildings, courtyards, and gardens. Dating back to the 14th century, the castle was home to many of Poland’s monarchs and is a symbol of Polish history and pride.

The Basics
Flanking an arcaded Renaissance-era courtyard, Wawel Castle is divided into several exhibition sections that can seem confusing to first-time visitors and are best explored with a guide to ensure you cover the highlights and understand their history. There are five key sections: the Royal Apartments, State Rooms, Crown Treasury and Armory, Lost Wawel, and Oriental Art—each accessible by separate, entry-timed tickets.
 
Many tours of the sections include time-saving skip-the-line access, while others are teamed with a River Vistula cruise that showcase views of the castle from the water. Alternatively, book a Krakow walking tour that includes a castle visit and a stroll around Krakow’s Old Town and perhaps its former Jewish quarter, Kazimierz. Other fun ways to see the castle include Segway, bike, and electric-cart tours, or even city helicopter flights.
 
Things to Know Before You Go

  • Wawel Castle is an essential for history buffs and newbies to Krakow.
  • Security screening is in place, and backpacks, large bags, and strollers must be checked in to the complimentary luggage rooms.
  • Only limited areas of the castle are wheelchair-accessible.
  • Visitors can enter and stroll around the castle grounds for free.
  • Ticket numbers are capped for some of the castle’s exhibition rooms, so if you’re exploring independently, book ahead.
 
How to Get There

Wawel Castle is just a 10-minute walk from Krakow’s Main Market Square (Rynek Glowny). To get there by tram, disembark at Wawel—just below the castle—or Stradom; or if you’re traveling by bus, hop out at Jubilat or Stradom.
 
When to Get There
The castle’s five main sections are open Tuesday–Friday 9:30am–5pm and Saturday, Sunday, and public holidays 10am–5pm, with last entry at 4pm. The Crown Treasury and Armory and the Lost Wawel exhibitions are also open 9:30am–1pm on Mondays, with free admission tickets issued until 11:45am. The castle gets busy in summer and on weekends, and because visitor numbers in some areas are capped, aim to arrive early.
 
Highlights at Wawel Castle
Standouts include the opulent State Rooms where Krakow’s royals once entertained—don’t miss the spooky Envoys’ Room with its carved wooden heads in the ceiling—and the Crown Treasury’s royal paraphernalia, including an original coronation sword. Another must-see is the 16th-century arcaded courtyard—a masterpiece of Italianate-style colonnades framing a cobbled square.
Address: Wawel 5, Krakow 31-001, Poland
Admission: Varies
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Wawel Castle and Wawel Hill Audio-Guided TourAttraction Tickets

Wawel Castle and Wawel Hill Audio-Guided Tour

Where did the dragon come from? Does the Wawel chakra really exist? What kind of entertainment was present over the centuries at the Wawel court? To these questions, you will find the answer on our tours. Wawel Hill is one of the most important places for Polish people. It has been the home for kings and queens for many decades. It is a must-see for Polish and foreign tourists. Wawel has been the monarch’s residency from the 11th century, where they have been crowned and as well as buried. The Wawel hill consists of the Royal Castle, magnificent Cathedral, Crown Treasury and Armory, the Dragon’s den and beautiful courtyards.
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Krakow: Wawel Castle Guided TourAttraction Tickets

Krakow: Wawel Castle Guided Tour

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Visit the Royal Private Apartments of Wawel Castle on a guided tour that explores the history of Poland’s royals at this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Skip the long lines and start your tour with a guide who shares details about the royal families, the architecture of the castle, and Poland’s history. You’ll stroll around the 14th-century castle complex, which is considered one of the country’s architectural gems and a must-see attraction in Krakow.
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Krakow - Wawel Sightseeing of the Royal HillAttraction Tickets

Krakow - Wawel Sightseeing of the Royal Hill

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Explore Poland’s most prized architectural gem on a 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.
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Wawel Castle Guided Tour with Hotel TransferHalf-day Tours

Wawel Castle Guided Tour with Hotel Transfer

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There is no other touroperator which offer hotel pickup, so it is a great option for cold days or for guests who have accommodation out of the center. Wawel Castle is an absolute must-see in Krakow. Incredible, huge fortress, from which beautiful defensive walls can be seen every corner of the Royal City is a place that never gets boring and you can always see its beauty from a different angle. You will also hear funny and typical for Krakow story about Wawel Dragon.
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Royal Classic Walking Tour in KrakowHalf-day Tours

Royal Classic Walking Tour in Krakow

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Explore Krakow on this 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 along the Royal Route and browse the Cloth Hall, once a major center of international trade. Your tour concludes in the city center.
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Krakow Old Town Guided Walking TourHalf-day Tours

Krakow Old Town Guided Walking Tour

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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.
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Sightseeing Bike Tour of KrakowMountain Bike Tours

Sightseeing Bike Tour of Krakow

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Cycle the scenic streets of Krakow on this bike tour. Led by a local guide, pedal past the city’s top attractions, such as Jagiellonian University, 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 concludes at your original departure point.
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Krakow Night Tour: The Magical Tales of the Old Town (Ghosts, Legends, Vampires)Ghost & Vampire Tours

Krakow Night Tour: The Magical Tales of the Old Town (Ghosts, Legends, Vampires)

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This tour will take you back centuries, through medieval Krakow. Your guide will show you some of the most beautiful buildings, tell you about the hidden histories behind them, and share with you the many stories that have been passed down for generations. Stories of Vampires, Ghosts, Dragons and Devils. You will learn of some of the greatest men in Krakow’s history too, the Alchemists and Kings whose exploits are the stuff of legends even today! Whether you’ve just arrived and want to orient yourself in the city, or to experience the Gothic beauty of it all when the sun goes down, this tour will give you what you seek.
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The Heart of Krakow: Old Town & Wawel Castle Private TourPrivate Sightseeing Tours

The Heart of Krakow: Old Town & Wawel Castle Private Tour

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On this private tour, explore the city's historic old town with its remarkable landmarks and squares. Hear all about the origins, history, and culture of the city as well as its fascinating legends as you make your way to the Wawel Castel. Get the perfect introduction to the city at the Live Bagel Museum of Kraków, where your host will tell you all about this signature snack that the locals love. Explore Market Square, where you can find two of Krakow's icons, St. Mary Church and the Cloth Hall, a UNESCO protected building with an interesting story. Follow your local host through the streets of Old Town uncovering hidden gems. Check out Stary Kleparz, a local market that dates back from the 12th century and see how it has transformed through time. And get ready, a magical storytelling time is ahead! Go to Wawel Castle and wander through its beautiful gardens as you try to spot its legendary dragon. Your local host will tell you all about its mythical story while you admire the view.
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Creepy Krakow - City walking tourWalking Tours

Creepy Krakow - City walking tour

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Learn about the creepy side of Krakow with this evening walking tour. Your local guide will regale you with ghost stories, tales of medieval torture, urban legends, and true crime accounts. Make your way to some of the city’s favorite landmarks like St. Mary's Basilica, Collegium Maius, and Katyński's Square, but this time discover their lesser-known dark pasts.
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Krakow: Private Guided City Tour by e-carPrivate and Luxury

Krakow: Private Guided City Tour by e-car

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A guided city tour by electric car. You can visit Old Town, Wawel Castle, the Jewish Quarter, the Ghetto and Schindler's Factory, with an audio guide in your language.
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E-Cruiser Krakow Tour - experience the adventureMountain Bike Tours

E-Cruiser Krakow Tour - experience the adventure

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The new way of experiencing the city. The only one E-Cruiser tour in Krakow. Chilling and cruising :) Explore the biggest medieval square in Europe, learn about it`s heritage with the city`s heartbreaking history. During the tour you will learn the history and legends, enjoy the views, take some great pictures, meet other tourists and ask all the questions to our local guide. Enjoy the freedom and choose the tour route and duration that suits best your preferences: 1. Old town tour - 2 hours in Old Town 2. Total tour - 3 hours - Old Town and Kazimierz the former Jewish District 3. Jewish Quarter Tour - 1,5 hour only for Kazimierz. Special offer for limited time only: you will get a 40% discount to rent our scooters after the tour! If you need more freedom, you can choose only the E-Cruiser rental and experience Krakow on your own.
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Krakow Skip The Line Wawel Castle Guided TourPrivate and Luxury

Krakow Skip The Line Wawel Castle Guided Tour

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Highlights: • Discover with local Expert-Guide why Wawel Castle was granted to UNESCO-list • Visit Top 3 attractions in Krakow: Wawel Castle State Rooms, Royal Apartments and Wawel Cathedral • Don’t waste your time staying in long queue, skip the line and save over 2-hours • Enjoy tour in small group up to 15 people and avoid crowded 30-people groups as other agents offer • Learn about Polish powerful Monarchs as the King Zygmunt III Waza and see what luxury and wealth mean centuries ago Visit the most important part of Wawel Castle and Cathedral, take advantage of skip the line tickets to avoid a few hours long queue and learn its history from licensed live guide. Look around and see hidden gems of rich heritage of former Polish Kings. It’s Must Do while visiting Krakow!
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Hop on Hop off bus & Gondola Cruise - 48 hours - WOW KRAKOWOvernight Tours

Hop on Hop off bus & Gondola Cruise - 48 hours - WOW KRAKOW

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Enjoy beautiful views and discover Krakow’s landmarks with our Hop on Hop off bus. We have discounts for students under 26, children under 12 travel for free. Our friendly staff will be glad to welcome you on the board. It’s very comfortable way to explore our city. 09:30 am is on first stop - Galaxy Hotel. Disruptions in traffic can cause changes to the bus timetable.
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The best view of Krakow from Golf CarsPrivate Sightseeing Tours

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The best view of Krakow from Golf Cars

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We will experience an authentic day in Krakow after a well-planned route through the city. In my eco-friendly Golf Car I will take you around the Old Town, Kazimierz Jewish Quarter where you discover the Christian and Jewish part of district, Ghetto (from the time of the Second World War) and Schindler's Factory. We have a audio guide with informations about historical monuments (26 languages optional) - so we will stop at each location and allow time for explanation of sites and their long history. You will also discover less popular streets, where you will feel the true climate of the district and a lot of street art. On the tour you can try the most famous Zapiekanki (open-faced sandwich) at Plac Nowy. To memorize the trip you will be photographed by me and then I will send you photos to the email. Electric vehicle is also heated so it's warm and allows to use in winter time.
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Krakow Bike Tour - small groupsMountain Bike Tours

Krakow Bike Tour - small groups

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Discover Krakow at a faster pace than a walking tour by going on an action-packed bike tour. Pedal past many top sights including Krakow’s Main Square, St. Mary’s Church, the Cloth Hall, St. Florian’s Gate, The Barbican, Planty Park, Wawel Royal Castle, Kazimierz, and Podgorze. Learn about the sights you pass with fascinating guide commentary along the way.
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Krakow Historical Sightseeing TourCity Tours

Krakow Historical Sightseeing Tour

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Discover the sights of Kraków on a small-group 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.
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Krakow Private City TourHalf-day Tours

Krakow Private City Tour

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Get a close-up view of Krakow on this walking tour around the Old Town area. As this is a private tour, you can go at your own pace, customize the itinerary, and see and do exactly what you want. Krakow’s streets and buildings are full of history, and you’ll learn all about it from your English-speaking guide. This is an ideal tour for first-time visitors to Krakow, and travelers who want an active way of seeing the city.
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Electric Scooter Tour: 90-Minute Guided Tour of Old Town KrakowMountain Bike Tours

Electric Scooter Tour: 90-Minute Guided Tour of Old Town Krakow

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Explore Kraków's Old Town and have fun on an electric scooter. Get the best recommendations from your local guide. The environmentally-friendly electric scooters avoid the need for long and tiring walks. Instead, jump aboard and ride your own scooter from location to location. The tour will last 90 minutes during which you will get the essence of Krakow's Old Town. After a brief training session, the tour heads past the most important buildings and monuments of the city. Your guide will relate their history and recommend other places to visit during your stay in Krakow.
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Krakow Grand City Tour by golf cartBus Tours

Krakow Grand City Tour by golf cart

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Unforgettable Krakow City Tour by electric car. Visit all 'must see' places: Old Town, Wawel Castle, Jewish Quarter Kazimierz, Former Ghetto and Oskar Schindler's Factory. During the 2-hour tour audio guide in your language will tell you about the monuments and places you pass by. English speaking driver will ensure safety and provide additional informations. Comfort and time are the biggest advantages of the service. Cars are well prepared for any kind of weather (transparent raincovers and heating for winter time). Available 28 language versions: Polish, English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Dutch, Norwegian, Swedish, Finnish, Danish, Hebrew, Portuguese, Russian, Ukrainian, Lithuanian, Hungarian, Greek, Romanian, Turkish, Croatian, Serbian, Czech, Slovak, Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Arabic
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City Sightseeing Krakow Hop-On Hop-Off Bus TourHop on Hop Off

City Sightseeing Krakow Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

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Regular bus routes are rarely much use for the short-term visitor. Explore Krakow at your leisure—complete with audio-commentary—by hop-on, hop-off bus. Choose between 24-hour and 48-hour tickets, then soak up key sights from Wawel Castle to Oskar Schindler’s Factory. Upgrade for a 2-city hop-on, hop-off pass, which buys 24 hours' travel in two of three cities: Krakow, Warsaw, or Gdansk.
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Hop on Hop off bus & Gondola Cruise - 1 Day Ticket - WOW KRAKOWBus Tours

Hop on Hop off bus & Gondola Cruise - 1 Day Ticket - WOW KRAKOW

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If you want to explore Krakow at your own pace and visit only the attractions that interest you—this is the tour for you. You won’t have a strict pre-planned itinerary and instead, can choose to hop on and hop off the bus as many times as you like. Potential highlights to visit include Schindler’s Factory Museum, Wawel Castle, and the Main Market Square.
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Krakow Small Group Walking TourHalf-day Tours

Krakow Small Group Walking Tour

Do you want to see both the most famous spots in Krakow, but also its hidden gems?! Our groups have a maximum of 10 guests and this means that you get to ask all the questions you want, plus you will also have time to get personalized recommendations from your guide. Krakow is a city with over 1.000 years of history which has a lot to offer. You will start your tour by the entrance to the Old Town of Krakow, Krakow Barbican. Moving along, you will see the beautiful St. Mary’s Basilica, the Wawel Castle with its cathedral, and the Main Square of Krakow, which is also the biggest town square in Europe. Moving further away from the Old Town, you will stop by the Old Synagogue and continue to the Ghetto Heroes Square, where you will learn about the wartime Jewish ghetto. And of course, won’t forget to tell you more about the modern lifestyle and the cultural traditions in this old city. To choose a Nova Fairy Tales experience is to truly get to know Krakow, not just to visit it!
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Small-Group Segway City Tour in KrakowSegway Tours

Small-Group Segway City Tour in Krakow

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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.
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Krakow Private Old Town Highlights Walking TourPrivate and Luxury

Krakow Private Old Town Highlights Walking Tour

We prepared with high precision and special for you a unique program of tour. During this tour you will explore the top attractions, the most famous places and beautiful views which are full of history and culture. You will be led by licensed guide who has many-years of experience and they are the best in all country! All of it will make this tour very unforgettable.
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  • 2 to 6 hours
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Krakow by night 60 minutes cruise The Vistula River KrakowWater Tours

Krakow by night 60 minutes cruise The Vistula River Krakow

Discover the highlights of Krakow by night on the Vistula River boat cruise. See Wawel Hill, one of the most iconic sights of Krakow in lights of the moon, from a different perspective. Enjoy the luxurious surroundings of the deck. The cruise begins and ends at Wawel Hill.
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Wawel Royal Castle (Zamek Wawelski) 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 82 Wawel Royal Castle (Zamek Wawelski) tickets and tours on Viator.
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Wawel Royal Castle (Zamek Wawelski) costs USD 5.92. Guided Wawel Royal Castle (Zamek Wawelski) tours start around USD 5.92 per person. See all 82 Wawel Royal Castle (Zamek Wawelski) tickets and tours on Viator.
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