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The State Rooms at Wawel Royal Castle

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Krakow: Wawel Castle Guided Tour with Entry Tickets

1. Krakow: Wawel Castle Guided Tour with Entry Tickets

Wawel Castle was the residence of the royal family of Poland till 1795. It is a source of great Polish pride and stands as one of the most spectacular buildings on the top of Wawel Hill.  During your tour of the castle, you will get the chance to witness the grandeur of Poland’s past as you pass through the magnificent halls of the castle. Presently, the castle also houses a museum that includes beautiful artifacts preserved from the historic times when kings and queens ruled the country. During your tour, you may also visit the Royal private apartments adorned with exquisite tapestries, paintings, and chandeliers.  The castle serves as a premier art museum and also includes an Oriental Art section with the largest collection of Ottoman tents on the European continent. This 14th-century castle built by King Casimir II the Great was at the top of its opulence in the 16th century when King Sigismund the Old commissioned the castle to be expanded and built into what it looks like today. Once you are in the castle, you will be transported into the era of kings and queens as your guide shares information about the royals who once lived in the castle and the myths surrounding this beautiful place. You may also get to see the Wawel exhibition, which displays objects uncovered during archaeological excavations around the region. It also includes scale models of buildings and other architectural elements.  Wawel Castle is recognized as a Unesco World Heritage site and is known to have immense cultural and historical significance in Poland.

Krakow: Wawel Royal Hill Guided Tour

2. Krakow: Wawel Royal Hill Guided Tour

Join a guided tour of the Wawel Royal Hill, one of the most important hills in Poland. This was where Polish kings and queens reigned over Poland. Your guide will tell you about the secrets of the royals and show you the most important places within Wawel Hill.  After meeting your guide, you will pass by the most expensive hotel in Cracow, which has hosted HRH Prince Charles and President Bush. You are then going to stop by the house of Jan Długosz, the legendary Polish historian, from where you will have a magnificent view over Wawel Hill. Then, start to go uphill, passing through the Arms Gate, and stopping by the monument to Tadeusz Kościuszko, one of the most important Polish heroes. Walk past the entrance to the Wawel Cathedral. Continue in the direction of the center of Wawel hill and the medieval courtyard, and head to the Austrian Hospital, from where you will be able to see a beautiful panorama of Krakow. You are then going to pass by Sandomierska Tower and go downhill through the Bernardyńska Gate, eventually leading to the cave of the Wawel Dragon. 

Krakow: 2-Hour Segway Tour of the Old Town

3. Krakow: 2-Hour Segway Tour of the Old Town

Maximize your enjoyment of the idyllic city of Krakow, as you discover its beautiful architecture while experiencing the excitement of a Segway tour. Have memorable fun with family and friends while admiring the many charming sights the city has to offer, from the market squares of the Old Town to the Jewish Quarter. See the highlights at speed as you cruise along the Royal Route, and marvel at the Wawel Royal Castle. Enjoy the ride as you take a whirlwind tour of 4 churches. Visit the famous Wawel Dragon Cave, and the scenic Vistula embankment, and learn captivating stories about the Old Town. Gain fascinating insights into the history and culture of this city of UNESCO World Heritage sites from a knowledgeable guide.

Krakow: Wawel Castle Crown Treasury & Royal Armoury Tickets

4. Krakow: Wawel Castle Crown Treasury & Royal Armoury Tickets

Discover the rich heritage of Polish Kings and Queens on this guided tour of the Crown Treasury at Wawel Castle, in Krakow. Choose from a tour with or without a ticket to the Royal Armory. Save time with skip-the-line access to the Treasury.  Meet your licensed guide outside the castle and bypass line to visit the Crown Treasury. Uncover magnificent works of art, crown jewels, orbs, and more. Admire royal decorations of honor, including the mantle of the Knight of the Order of the Holy Spirit, and rare jewelry collections. Next, visit the Royal Armoury on a self-guided tour (if you have chosen that option). Explore its collection of richly decorated weapons, donated to Polish kings by medieval rulers from across Europe. See the original famous winged Polish Hussars’ armor and weapons. Take in the exquisite gun exhibits of rifles, arquebuses, patrinals, and pistols from medieval European factories. View the most valuable collection of barrels in the country bearing the coats of arms of Polish kings, hetmans, and noblemen.

Krakow: Wawel Castle, Cathedral, and Rynek Tour with Lunch

5. Krakow: Wawel Castle, Cathedral, and Rynek Tour with Lunch

Visit some of historic Krakow’s main attractions on this guided day tour. Start at Rynek, the central market square of the Old Town. Visit its underground Dungeon Market Historical and Archaeological Museum. After a full lunch of Polish delicacies, you'll explore the Wawel Castle and Cathedral. Your tour kicks off at the central square of Royal Krakow. Wander one of the most beautiful squares in Europe and learn about its past from your guide. Then, venture four meters underground to the Dungeon Market Museum, to walk at the same level as the cobbled roads of 12-13th century Krakow. Next, explore the residence of Polish Kings at the Royal Wawel Castle. See its collections of art, lavish fabrics, military items, and priceless furniture up close. Marvel at the famous tapestries of Zygmunt August and Renaissance paintings from the Lanckoronski collection in the Royal chambers. Finally, you’ll step into the impressive gothic Wawel Cathedral, where Polish monarchs throughout history have been crowned.

Krakow: Guided Wawel Tour, Lunch, and Vistula River Cruise

6. Krakow: Guided Wawel Tour, Lunch, and Vistula River Cruise

Explore some of the most beautiful places in Krakow on a guided tour of Wawel Hill, Wawel Castle, and the Cathedral. Hop on a cruise along the Vistula River to see the landmarks from a unique perspective. Enter the Castle with your guide and admire a vast collection of paintings, graphics, sculptures, fabrics, goldsmiths, militaria, porcelain, and furniture. Stand in awe as the permanent exhibitions in the chateau recreate the appearance of the rooms from the Renaissance and Baroque periods. After viewing the original royal chambers, go inside the majestic Cathedral, and learn about historical facts intertwined with fairy-tale stories. Then, be invited for dinner at a nearby cafe and take a moment to relax. Finally, board a modern catamaran and take an intimate cruise along the Vistula to admire Wawel, the Cathedral, and some of Krakow scattered on its shores.

Krakow: Skip-the-Line Wawel Castle & Old Town Guided Tour

7. Krakow: Skip-the-Line Wawel Castle & Old Town Guided Tour

Discover the highlights of Krakow's history during this walking tour. Start with the top attraction in the city, the amazing Wawel Castle. First, have an opportunity to explore this fascinating castle from the outside, where you will see its most important points like defensive walls, Wawel Dragon, Wawel Cathedral and much more. Outside, your guide will treat you to information about this place and its history. After this introduction, step inside Castle Wawel which is even more impressive than its exterior. Explore the most important parts of the castle, including the royal staterooms. In addition to many precious monuments, the castle is also full of ancient paintings and stunning tapestries, which have been preserved from the interior's original decoration. Next, follow in the footsteps of the Kings of Poland as you explore the famous Royal Route from Wawel Hill to the Old Town. Get to the Main Market Square to admire the Gothic exterior of St. Mary's Basilica. Marvel at the decorative details of the historic Cloth Hall, where traveling merchants would meet to discuss business and barter their wares. Finally, pass one of the world's oldest universities, Jagiellonian University, and go to the green oasis of Planty Park, built on the site of the medieval city walls.

From Warsaw: Krakow Sightseeing Tour by Express Train

8. From Warsaw: Krakow Sightseeing Tour by Express Train

Benefit from pick-up at your hotel, and then travel to the train station to board the express train to Krakow. A local guide will meet you on arrival. Experience the atmosphere of the city of the Kings of Poland at the landmark monuments of the medieval Old Town. Visit Wawel Castle and see some of its ceremonial rooms, and gaze in awe at the beauty of Sigismund Chapel inside the Royal Cathedral. Learn more about the Piast, Jagiellonian and Vasa dynasties and admire tapestries that once belonged to King Sigismund August. Look at the monumental Cloth Hall on Main Market Square. Discover the remains of the old city wall and learn about the ceremonial St. Florian's Gate. See the oldest synagogue in Poland in the Jewish Quarter of Kazimierz, and get the chance to buy souvenirs of amber and silver jewelry along the way.

Krakow: Wawel Castle & Cathedral Guided Tour

9. Krakow: Wawel Castle & Cathedral Guided Tour

Explore Krakow and the residence of Polish kings at the Royal Wawel Castle and the Gothic Wawel Cathedral with your expert guide. See a vast collection of paintings, graphics, sculptures, fabrics, goldsmiths, military items, porcelain, and furniture, recreating the appearance of the rooms from the Renaissance and Baroque periods. Visit the Royal chambers that display the famous tapestries of Zygmunt August and magnificent Renaissance Italian paintings from the Lanckoronski collection. See the Wawel collections of Eastern art, that contain the most important, and largest collection of tents in Europe. Get entrance to the Wawel Cathedral and admire the Gothic structure that was once a sanctuary where Polish monarchs were crowned.

Krakow: Wawel Castle & Cathedral Guided Tour

10. Krakow: Wawel Castle & Cathedral Guided Tour

Discover the residence of Polish kings at the Royal Wawel Castle and visit Wawel Cathedral on a guided tour in Krakow. Let your guide teach you about the royal history of Poland. Make your way to the castle after meeting your guide at St. Mary Magdalene Square. Explore Wawel Castle with your guide as you learn about the history of the Polish monarchy. See the castle's vast collection of paintings, sculptures, fabrics, furniture and other treasures. Visit the king's royal chambers and see how the kings of Poland once lived. Have a look at the famous tapestries of King Zygmunt August and the magnificent Renaissance paintings of the Lanckoronski collection. Afterward, enter the stately Wawel Cathedral for a tour. Admire the Gothic architecture and see the place where Poland's kings were crowned.

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Visit of the castle accompanied by a very interesting guide. He then accompanied us to lunch in a restaurant (with a choice of menu) then a driver accompanied us to the mine for a visit provided by the mine staff (the driver gave us the necessary time without any time constraints!) thank you to all for this wonderful day

Peter was an excellent tour guide and knew his stuff. He took us to some very interesting locations and was very patient and helpful to my 14 year old son who was a bit nervous about riding the Segway for the first time - Excellent all round.

I booked the tour a few hours before it started Everything was beyond expectations, our guide was very well prepared and very jovial, contrary to the low temperatures it was just me and my husband it was like a very private tour

we had a wonderful time on this tour. good instruction beforehand as to how to ride a segway. and a very friendly and knowledgeable guide. we would highly recommend this tour.

Guide and Ticketing people were so nice and helpful.