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Wawel Royal Castle, Krakow

Wawel Royal Castle, Krakow (must see)

With the wealth of history and abundance of heritage, the city of Krakow is a haven for admirers of the past. The Wawel is one such place in Krakow where one can get enchanted by the city’s legendary sagas. The Wawel Hill has formed about 150 million years ago and is majorly made up of Jurassic limestone that dates back to the Oxfordian age. The Hill comprises many historically significant buildings that date back to different eras. Surrounded by water and marshes, archaeologists found evidence of settlers on the Wawel Hill that dates back to the early Palaeolithic.

For centuries the residence of the kings of Poland and the symbol of Polish statehood, the Wawel Royal Castle on Wawel Hill is now one of the country’s premier art museums. Established in 1930, the museum encompasses ten curatorial departments responsible for collections of paintings, including an important collection of Italian Renaissance paintings, prints, sculpture, textiles, among them the Sigismund II Augustus tapestry collection, goldsmith’s work, arms and armor, ceramics, Meissen porcelain, and period furniture. The museum’s holdings in oriental art include the largest collection of Ottoman tents in Europe.

Why You Should Visit:
"Everyone loves castles" – Peppa Pig

Tip:
You can walk around the grounds for no charge at all; what you choose to do dictates the entry price.
Opting for the State Rooms and Royal Apartments is worth it as you see a lot of impressive and well-preserved interiors (for English guided tours, pre-book online as to avoid the queues).
The Sandomierska Tower will give you a great all-round view of the place and the Dragon's Den takes you to the underground caves, but note that these are seasonal (closed Nov-Mar).

Please check the opening hours on the Royal Castle website, as they tend to vary quite a bit: https://wawel.krakow.pl/en/hours-tickets-reservations-luggage
Sight description based on wikipedia

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Wawel Royal Castle on Map

Sight Name: Wawel Royal Castle
Sight Location: Krakow, Poland
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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