Wawel Castle


The Wawel Royal Castle

The Wawel Hill - the castle, the cathedral and the residence of Polish Kings (X-XVII c.). The first settlement, the Wiślan, on the Wawel hill dates back to the VIII c. In X c., several bishops of the early Christian church resided here and a Pre-Roman church, The Church of Our Lady Mary, was constructed. At the beginning of the XI c., a Roman-Gothic castle and cathedral were built. Reconstruction of the buildings was carried out under king Alexander Jagiellończyk at the beginning of the XVI, with a number of chapels being added to the cathedral. In the crypt of the cathedral are the royal tombs from this bygone era. The castle was reconstructed again during the reign of King Sigmund Stary, 1517-1533 and the Renaissance arches and arcades were created in the courtyard. The state rooms around the courtyard and the arcades have come down to our present time almost untouched. By 1611 the Wawel was no longer considered the official residence of Polish Kings and Krakow lost its rights to being called the capital city of Poland.

Here are ticket prices and opening hours for the Wawel museums. Prices for individual tourists, visiting with no guide. Every ticket has an admission time. Please be punctual! There is a daily limit of tickets for sale! The Wawel can be very busy!

REPRESENTATIVE STATE ROOMS

Monday

09.30-13.00 – entry free

Tuesday

09.30-17.00

Wednesday

09.30-17.00

Thursday

09.30-17.00

Friday

09.30-17.00

Saturday

11.00-18.00

Sunday

11.00-18.00
tickets 17 zł / 10 zł
Monday free entry

ROYAL PRIVATE APARTMENTS

Monday

                CLOSED

Tuesday

09.30-17.00

Wednesday

09.30-17.00

Thursday

09.30-17.00

Friday

09.30-17.00

Saturday

11.00-18.00

Sunday

11.00-18.00

tickets 24 zł / 18 zł 
Guide service included. Enter in groups of 10.
Fixed entrance: 12.00 - English guide.

CROWN TREASURY AND ARMOURY

Monday

09.30-13.00

Tuesday

09.30-17.00

Wednesday

09.30-17.00

Thursday

09.30-17.00

Friday

09.30-17.00

Saturday

11.00-18.00

Sunday

11.00-18.00
tickets 17 zł / 10 zł
Monday - free entry
WAWEL CATHEDRAL
BELFRY WITH ’ZYGMUNT’ BELL,
ROYAL CYRPTS
Monday
09.00-17.00
Tuesday
09.00-17.00
Wednesday
09.00-17.00
Thursday
09.00-17.00
Friday
09.00-17.00
Saturday
09.00-17.00
Sunday
12.30-17.00
tickets 10 zł / 5 zł

 

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