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Krakow: Wawel Royal Hill Guided Tour

1. Krakow: Wawel Royal Hill Guided Tour

Join a guided tour of the Wavel 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 the 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 the 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 Crypt of the Silver Bells, which is the burial place for President Lech Kaczynski and his spouse. Then, 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. 

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Krakow: Skip The Line Wawel Castle Guided Tour

2. Krakow: Skip The Line Wawel Castle Guided Tour

Don’t waste your time at Wawel waiting in lines — skip the line with this fast-track ticket and spend as much time as possible exploring this historic fortified architectural complex. Join a well-organized, small-group tour of between 12 and 15 participants in your preferred language and choose the parts of the complex you would like to see from the various options. From a 1-hour visit of just the Cathedral to a 4.5-hour visit of the entire complex, take in the magnificence of Wawel in a way that best suits your preferences and schedule.   Wawel Cathedral The richest part of Wawel Hill, the Cathedral, is the most important cathedral in Poland and a real pearl among architectural masterpieces. Head inside with your guide and admire the beautiful interior, where Polish kings were coronated and buried. You’ll also see the famous Sigismund Bell in the tower, and many richly decorated chapels.   State Rooms, Wawel Hill, and Courtyard The Wawel Castle State Rooms were home to the most famous Polish kings, like Zygmunt III Waza and Wladyslaw Lokietek. Their interiors are full of ancient paintings and stunning tapestries, which have been preserved from the original decorations. You’ll also explore picturesque Wawel Hill and the courtyard surrounded by impressive defensive walls.   Royal Apartments The private Royal Apartments offer a rich experience for those who love design, architecture, and history. Explore the collections of silverware and paintings, as well as the column hall and Renaissance furniture.

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Krakow: Wawel Castle & Cathedral Guided Tour

3. Krakow: Wawel Castle & Cathedral Guided Tour

Step into history with a guided tour of the former residence of Polish kings and a symbol of statehood, Wawel Castle. Discover the castle, which became a museum in 1930, and hosts a vast collection of paintings, graphics, sculptures, fabrics, goldsmiths, military items, porcelain, and furniture. See inside the chambers that display the famous tapestries of Zygmunt August and the magnificent renaissance Italian paintings from the Lanckoronski collection. Explore the Wawel collections of eastern art, one of the largest and most important collections of tents in Europe. Learn all about how the castle is also an important center for the conservation of art. Feel like you’re walking back through time as you discover the permanent exhibitions which decorated the way they would have been during the renaissance and baroque periods.

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Krakow: The Old Town Walking Tour

4. Krakow: The Old Town Walking Tour

Experience the ultimate introduction to Krakow with a guided walking tour of the historic Old Town. Start your tour in the heart of the city in front of St. Mary's Basilica. You'll feel like you've stepped back in time as you stroll amongst the medieval architecture in the Main Market Square, the largest square in Europe. Your professional guide will take you to the top sights of Krakow and inform you of its dramatic history. They will also provide you with insider knowledge of what to visit, see and eat while you're in this beautiful city. You'll end your tour at Wawel Castle, the impressive royal residence of Polish kings.

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Krakow: Wawel Cathedral Guided Tour with Admission Tickets

5. Krakow: Wawel Cathedral Guided Tour with Admission Tickets

The tour begins at the meeting point near Wawel Castle where you’ll receive a warm greeting from your guide. Enjoy the opportunity to explore this fascinating castle from the outside and marvel at some of its most important features such as the defensive walls, Wawel dragon, the castle courtyard, and more. As you wander, listen to your guide share intriguing facts about the castle, its history, and its former inhabitants. Head inside Wawel Cathedral next, which is even more impressive than its imposing exterior, and is considered to be the Polish Notre Dame. The cathedral is one of the most significant historical places in Poland and it’s importance is still preserved to this day. Spend some time exploring the cathedral, learning about its incredible history that spans 1000 years, and listening to your guide share stories about the events that have taken place here including the coronation of Polish monarchs. As you amble around, admire the stunning artistic architecture that has been influenced by the Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, Classicist, and Modern era. There’s also time to learn about the many great Polish people buried at the cathedral including Polish royalty, national heroes, saints, poets, and more.

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Krakow: In the Footsteps of Oskar Schindler

6. Krakow: In the Footsteps of Oskar Schindler

Learn about Oskar Schindler, a German entrepreneur who saved 1,200 Jews and Holocaust victims during World War II by transferring prisoners to his own factories in Poland and the Czech Republic. Visit Schindler's Villa and see the outside of the Oskar Schindler Enamel Factory. Listen to the story that inspired the book, "Schindler's Ark," as well as Stephen Spielberg's movie, "Schindler's List". Relive the famous scenes from the movie and see where they took place, such as the little courtyard in Kazimierz at Józefa 2 where Mrs. Dresdener took refuge under the stairs.  Dive deeper into the history of World War II in Poland. Discuss Schindler's impact on the city both in the past and the current day with your guide and get an in-depth look into Schindler's life and character. End your tour at Film Cafe near Schindler's factory, where you can relax with a complimentary tea or coffee. If you choose, you can find out more about Oskar Schindler and explore the museum on your own after the tour.

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Krakow: Old Town "Royal Route" Walking Tour

7. Krakow: Old Town "Royal Route" Walking Tour

See the most important historical monuments registered on the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage list on this unique route through the city. The name of the tour route refers to the formal entries of Polish Kings heading for their residence on the Wawel Hill.  Along this route, you'ill walk around the Old Town which is surrounded by the luscious green Planty park. Make your way to Main Market Square, the largest one in Europe, and see the gothic-style St. Mary Basilica and Cloth Hall. Every hour, near Basilica’s tower you can hear the bugle call.  Next, pass by Jagiellonian University, the oldest one in Poland before visiting the castle and cathedral situated on Wawel Hill. Here, you can see the Wawel dragon breathing fire.

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Krakow: Underground Museum Visit & Old Town Private Tour

8. Krakow: Underground Museum Visit & Old Town Private Tour

Go beneath the surface of Krakow’s long and tangled history with a tour of the one-of-a-kind Underground Museum. Enjoy convenient skip-the-line entry and an exclusive private tour that allows you to avoid the crowds and enjoy the exhibition in a small intimate group. Reach the museum under Krakow's famous Market Square and follow your guide through underground corridors, learning about the countless relics and items uncovered by archeologists. Take advantage of the private tour setting to adjust the tempo and topics of the tour to your tastes. Immerse yourself in the history and culture of an earlier Krakow as you stroll through the city's original streets and cellars of buildings that no longer exist.  Then continue your private tour through the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Old Town of Krakow. Admire the beauty of monumental Wawel Castle and the cozy Kazimierz District. Walk along the famous Royal Route from the Middle Ages and pass top sights like St. Mary's Basilica and Cloth Hall. Visit hidden gems with your guide that will make you feel like a local.

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Krakow: One-Hour River Cruise

9. Krakow: One-Hour River Cruise

Krakow is home to a suite of visual delights: from the majestic Wawel Castle to the historic Zwierzyniec and Kazimierz districts, there's plenty to see in this beautiful city. Vistula River cruises remain one of the best ways to discover all that Krakow has to offer. The river flows through the heart of Krakow, which happens to be home to some of the most iconic landmarks in Poland. You'll have the chance not only to see the city's primary attractions, but to fully immerse yourself in the spirit of Krakow thanks to the comfortable pace of the tour. The cruise begins at the foot of Wawel Castle. From there, the boat glides along the picturesque boulevards first in the direction of Zwierzyniec, passing by the Convent of the Norbertine Sisters, the house of the pope John Paul II, and then in direction of Podgórze and Kazimierz districts. Pass well-known sights like Church on the Rock, Mangha Museum, Bernatka Footbridge, and Cricoteka. The tour ends back at the Wawel Castle.

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Krakow Old Town: 2-Hour Guided Walking Tour

10. Krakow Old Town: 2-Hour Guided Walking Tour

Discover Krakow and learn about the stories, anecdotes, and legends of the city from your expert guide as you visit sites including Grodzka Street and the elegant Wawel Cathedral. Head to St Florian’s Gate, one of the symbols of the city that welcomes visitors arriving in Krakow. Follow the road towards Pijarska Street, one of the most famous streets in Krakow. From here, walk directly to the heart of the city, the Main Market Square. Admire the charming Cloth Hall, Krakow’s oldest commercial center featuring beautiful renaissance architecture. Visit St. Adalbert's Church and the Town Hall Tower standing at an impressive 230 ft. See the Mariacki Square which surrounds St. Mary’s Basilica. Discover the Basilica's high altar by Veit Stossa and the star-strewn murals by Jan Matejko, covering the vaulting. Explore St. Andrew’s Church, one of the oldest churches in the city. Walk along the picturesque Kanoniczna Street which dates back to the 14th century. Gaze at the Wawel Royal Castle from the top of Wawel Hill and enjoy views of the spectacular renaissance palace. Enter the Wawel Cathedral, the most important house of worship in Poland.

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What people are saying about Wawel Hill

Overall rating

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based on 920 reviews

What can I say other than a fantastic tour. Our guide, Magda, was excellent and very knowledgeable. She told us every intricate detail about the castle, things you would not get in the leaflets or blurbs. Would recommend a guided tour to ensure you you make the most of it. Magda was very friendly and offered to take pictures, which we will savour!

eugenio was very kind and helpful, the explanations were very clear and he answered all questions. surely if we go back to krakow we will turn to him.

We were very lucky to have the guide, Andrew, to ourselves. He was very knowledgeable and provided us with a detailed tour of the town.

We had a great tour with Krzysztof. He went over and above for us to give us the full Krakow experience. Very informative and fun.

Chris the guide was very knowledgeable and helpful.