Holidays in Wawel Castle

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Krakow’s biggest castle has luxurious royal apartments, Renaissance paintings, the coronation sword of Polish kings and an underground cave system.

Wawel Castle is rich in medieval royal history. On display are former bedchambers and staterooms, Flemish tapestries, paintings by Rubens and collections of armour and royal jewellery. Relax in the Royal Gardens, visit the cave where it is said a dragon once lived or explore the past in an exhibit on archeological findings.

It is believed that a castle has been on the site of Wawel Hill since the 14th century. However, the current building is predominantly the work of King Sigismind I, who reigned in the 16th century. His vision was to create a fashionable, Renaissance-style palace and in order to do so he employed the best builders, sculptors and artisans in Europe. Situated on a hill high above the Vistula River, Wawel Castle is one of the most iconic sights in Krakow.

Begin exploring the castle in the Treasury where you can see the sword used to swear in Polish kings and an impressive collection of armour and royal jewellery. Walk up to the king’s apartments on the top floor where there are more royal ornaments. View artworks by Renaissance painters such as Rubens, admire furniture from the 16th century and look at portraits of royalty who used to live there. Climb to the top of the Hen’s Foot Tower and admire the views of Krakow.

Learn more about the castle’s past in the Lost Wawel exhibit and browse artefacts that date back to the 10th century. Inside Wawel Cathedral are the elaborate tombs of the kings who once ruled. Step into the cave known as the Dragon’s Den and walk through the tunnels beneath the castle. Look for the large bronze dragon that breathes fire at intervals throughout the day and marks the entrance to the cave.

Wawel Castle is open daily. Opening hours vary so check the official website for the most up-to-date information. Visitor numbers are limited in summer and during public holidays. It is best to arrive early to guarantee admission. The castle is a 10-minute walk from Krakow’s main square. All areas, such as the Dragon’s Den and the Treasury, have separate admission costs.

1800 Cheap Hotels Near Wawel Castle

Venetian House Market Square Aparthotel
Venetian House Market Square Aparthotel
4 out of 5
Rynek Glowny 11, Krakow, Lesser Poland
The price is AU$72 per night from 6 Feb. to 7 Feb.
Located in Krakow Old Town, this aparthotel is steps away from Royal Road and Main Market Square. Wawel Castle is 0.5 mi (0.9 km) away. Krakow Glowny Station ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (1,001 reviews)
"The location is awesome, very clean, easy to communicate, the front desk person was so friendly and welcoming, my family had a outstanding experience with trip to krakow. I highly recommend this place and I definitely will come back another time 👍"

Reviewed on 30 Dec. 2021

Venetian House Market Square Aparthotel
Betmanowska Main Square Residence Adults Only
Betmanowska Main Square Residence Adults Only
4 out of 5
Ul. Rynek Glowny 44, Krakow
The price is AU$152 per night from 19 Jan. to 20 Jan.
Located in Krakow Old Town, this hotel is steps away from Royal Road and Main Market Square. Wawel Castle is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) away. Krakow Glowny Station is 19 ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (971 reviews)
"Blow away by this place, the location is fantastic and the room was perfect. Staff friendly and helpful, I wouldn’t stay anywhere else when I go back loved it."

Reviewed on 14 Nov. 2021

Betmanowska Main Square Residence Adults Only
The Loft Hotel - Adults Only
The Loft Hotel - Adults Only
4 out of 5
Dietla 113, Krakow
The price is AU$150 per night from 21 Jan. to 22 Jan.
Located in Krakow City Centre, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Planty Park and Main Market Square. Royal Road and Wawel Castle are also within 2 miles ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (248 reviews)
"Loved everything"

Reviewed on 15 Jan. 2022

The Loft Hotel - Adults Only
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Top Wawel Castle Hotel & Accommodation Deals

Amber Design Residence
Amber Design Residence
4 out of 5
ul. Sw. Marka 35, Krakow
The price is AU$64 per night from 23 Jan. to 24 Jan.
Amber Design Residence
Betmanowska Main Square Residence Adults Only
Betmanowska Main Square Residence Adults Only
4 out of 5
Ul. Rynek Glowny 44, Krakow
The price is AU$152 per night from 19 Jan. to 20 Jan.
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The Loft Hotel - Adults Only
The Loft Hotel - Adults Only
4 out of 5
Dietla 113, Krakow
The price is AU$150 per night from 21 Jan. to 22 Jan.
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Venetian House Market Square Aparthotel
Venetian House Market Square Aparthotel
4 out of 5
Rynek Glowny 11, Krakow, Lesser Poland
The price is AU$72 per night from 6 Feb. to 7 Feb.
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PURO Krakow Stare Miasto
PURO Krakow Stare Miasto
4 out of 5
ul. Ogrodowa 10, Krakow, Lesser Poland
The price is AU$83 per night from 22 Jan. to 23 Jan.
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Q Hotel Plus Krakow
Q Hotel Plus Krakow
4 out of 5
Ul. Wygrana 6, Krakow
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Hotel Wawel Queen
4 out of 5
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The price is AU$79 per night from 2 Feb. to 3 Feb.
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Vienna House Andel's Cracow
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4 out of 5
Ul. Pawia 3, Krakow, Lesser Poland
The price is AU$98 per night from 8 Feb. to 9 Feb.
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Hotel Astoria
Hotel Astoria
4 out of 5
Ul. Jozefa 24, Krakow, Lesser Poland
The price is AU$64 per night from 19 Jan. to 20 Jan.
Hotel Astoria
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