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Krakow: Skip The Line Wawel Castle Guided Tour

1. 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 Hill Audioguide Tour

2. Krakow: Wawel Hill Audioguide Tour

After collecting your audioguide at the local Tourist Information Centre, listen to the commentary as you walk along Kanonicza Street to the Wawel Hill. Wawel has been the monarch’s residency from the 11th century and is also the site where Polish royals were crowned and buried.  Once you've arrived at the Royal Castle, hear about the role of each building, and the stories behind them. You will learn about the history of Main Courtyard, the Arcaded Courtyard, as well as the Crown Treasury and Armory. End the tour at the famous Dragon’s Den.

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Wawel Hill Tour with Audio Guide

3. Wawel Hill Tour with Audio Guide

Wawel Hill was the home of kings and queens for many centuries – and is one of the most important places for Polish people. It is a must-see for Polish and foreign tourists alike. Start the tour at the tourist information center, where you will pick up your audio guide. Then, head to Kanonicza Street and walk to Wawel Hill via Herbowa Gate. On the way, your audio guide will take you through the history and importance of the buildings on the hill. Tour highlights at Wawel Hill include the Cathedral, the main courtyard, the arcaded courtyard and finally to the Dragon’s den. Wawel was the monarch’s residency from the 11th century, and it was the sight where members of the royal family were both crowned and buried. Wawel Hill consists of the Royal Castle, Cathedral, Crown Treasury and Armory, the Dragon’s den and courtyards surrounding it. Gain a deeper understanding of Poland’s royal history and some of its most orchestrated figures.

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Krakow: Wawel Castle & Cathedral Guided Tour

4. 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: Old Town City Tour in a Golf Cart

5. Krakow: Old Town City Tour in a Golf Cart

Travel by golf cart around Krakow’s Old Town while listening to audio commentary. Pass by different sights, including Planty, Main Market Square, and Wawel. Visit the Planty Park that surrounds the Old Town and see monuments located in the park. Hop on board a golf cart and make your way around Krakow Old Town, located in the center of the city. Discover the Main Market Square, churches and cathedrals, and museums. Learn about the city's history from your audio commentary on board. See different sights, including the Latin Quarter, the Church of St. Anna, the Cloth Hall, St. Mary's Basilica, a Gothic Franciscan Monastery, and the Papal Window.

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Krakow: Electric Golf Cart Tour of the Old Town

6. Krakow: Electric Golf Cart Tour of the Old Town

Enjoy audio commentary as you ride through Krakow's Old Town on a heated electric golf cart on this group tour. View sights like Planty park and a 13th-century gothic Franciscan monastery. Hop onboard your golf cart and enjoy expert audio commentary as you go. Hear stories from history as you see highlights in Planty park, like medieval walls and the well-preserved fortifications at the Barbican. Ride to the Main Market square to see the Renaissance-style Cloth Hall and the Baroque St. Mary's Basilica. Admire the Collegium Maius where Copernicus once studied. Pass by the Baroque 17th-century Church of St. Anna, the Academy of Fine Arts, the tower at St. Florian's Gate, and a the papal window in a Franciscan monastery. Marvel at the royal cathedral and castle on Wawel hill.

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Krakow: The Old Town Walking Tour

7. 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: Evening Cruise with a Glass of Wine

8. Krakow: Evening Cruise with a Glass of Wine

Sail on the Vistula River and enjoy an evening of sophistication in the royal city. Experience the breathtaking views by night, marvelous city lights, and the unique atmosphere that the river has to offer. The tour starts near the Wawel Castle, then continues upstream to the Convent of the Norbertine Sisters and the home of Pope Jean Paul II. Further on, the boat takes a route downriver, passing by the historical Wawel Castle and the Church on the Rock, then revealing the beauty of the Kazimierz and Podgórze districts with its distinctive bridges. The cruise finishes back at Kapitan Victor's mooring. A complimentary drink of your choice will be provided before the tour starts.

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Krakow: Old Town "Royal Route" Walking Tour

9. 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: Old Town, Ghetto, and Kazimierz Golf Cart Tour

10. Krakow: Old Town, Ghetto, and Kazimierz Golf Cart Tour

Discover the historical area of Krakow with this electric golf cart tour of the Old Town. Drive through the old Jewish neighborhood of Kazimierz . Find out where the Jewish Ghetto was located. Listen to commentary on what you see with a handy audio guide. Be picked up from the meeting point and start your tour with the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Krakow Old Town. Put on your headphones and listen as your audio guide provides context for what you see. Admire the vibrant Main Market Square. View the towering Renaissance-style old market space of the Cloth Hall. Marvel at the towering St. Mary's Church and the green space in Planty park. Cruise down narrow streets with many temples, universities, and charming houses. Appreciate splendid views of Wawel Castle, on the way to Kazimierz. Spend some time driving through the picturesque streets, old synagogues, cafes, and stalls of Kazimierz, the oldest district in the city.

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What people are saying about Wawel Hill

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 382 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.

Really detailed information about all of the buildings. Get to go through the all the audios at your own pace.

Chris the guide was very knowledgeable and helpful.