Wawel Cathedral

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Krakow: Wawel Castle & Cathedral Guided Tour

1. 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.

Krakow: Wawel Castle Guided Tour with Skip-The-Line Entry

2. Krakow: Wawel Castle Guided Tour with Skip-The-Line Entry

Waste no time at Wawel Castle waiting in lines with this fast-track ticket, and spend as much time as possible exploring this historic fortified architectural complex. Choose the parts of the complex you would like to see from the various options to suit your preferences and schedule. Discover Wawel Cathedral, the most important cathedral in Poland and an architectural masterpiece. Head inside with your guide and admire the beautiful interior where Polish kings were coronated and buried. See the famous Sigismund Bell in the tower and many richly decorated chapels.   Afterward, explore the Wawel Castle State Rooms, home to the most famous Polish kings, like Zygmunt III Waza and Wladyslaw Lokietek. Marvel at ancient paintings and stunning tapestries, preserved from the original decorations. Walk around the picturesque Wawel Hill and the courtyard surrounded by impressive defensive walls before heading to the private Royal Apartments. Explore the collections of silverware and paintings, as well as the column hall and Renaissance furniture.

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

3. 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: Wawel Castle & Cathedral Guided Tour

4. Krakow: Wawel Castle & Cathedral Guided Tour

See all that magnificent things with an expert local guide. Explore the residence of Polish kings at the Royal Wawel Castle, becoming one of the most important museums in Poland since 1930. 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 also the Wawel collections of Eastern art 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

5. 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.

Krakow: Wawel Castle Private Tour and Skip-the-Line Ticket

6. Krakow: Wawel Castle Private Tour and Skip-the-Line Ticket

Visit the magnificent Wawel Castle with a private guide on a 3-hour tour. Wawel Castle has been a residence of Polish royalty and the symbol of Polish statehood since the 10th century. Now the castle is one of the country’s best art museums, which boasts ten curatorial departments responsible for various collections of paintings, including an important collection of Italian paintings.   You will meet your guide outside Hotel Royal in Krakow. From there it is a short walk to the castle, situated on Wawel Hill with picturesque views of the Vistula River boulevards. During your private tour of the castle, you will visit the courtyard, the royal chambers, the cathedral, and a unique archaeological and architectural exhibition.   You will also have the opportunity to visit one of the permanent exhibitions. Choose from either then state rooms, the lost Wawel, the cathedral's museum and royal tombs, or the crown treasury and armoury. Ask your informative and experienced private guide any questions you might have throughout the tour.

Krakow: Wawel Cathedral Guided Tour with Admission Tickets

7. 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.

Krakow: Wawel Castle, Cathedral, Rynek Underground & Lunch

8. Krakow: Wawel Castle, Cathedral, Rynek Underground & Lunch

Visit the central square of Royal Krakow and find the most interesting traces of past events on Market Square. Take a walk on one of the most beautiful squares in Europe with a visit to the Dungeon Market Historical and Archaeological Museum. Stroll around the square, find the most interesting artifacts of the old times, and unravel their purpose. Find out what events took place here, and what legendary persons have been here. Go 4 meters underground to the Dungeon Market Museum to find yourself on the same level as the cobbled roads of 12-13th century Krakow. Explore the residence of Polish Kings at the Royal Wawel Castle. See the collections of paintings, graphics, sculptures, fabrics, goldsmiths, military items, porcelain, and furniture. See the famous tapestries of Zygmunt August and magnificent Renaissance Italian paintings from the Lanckoronski collection in the Royal chambers. See the Wawel collections of Eastern art containing the most important, and largest collection of tents in Europe. Enter the gothic Wawel Cathedral, a sanctuary where Polish monarchs were crowned.

From Warsaw: Krakow Sightseeing Tour by Express Train

9. 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: Guided Wawel Tour, Lunch, and Vistula River Cruise

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Wawel Cathedral

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4.6 / 5

based on 382 reviews

Traveling with 11 and 14 year olds, this was a great way to get the kids to enjoy sightseeing and the city's history. The game took us to places we otherwise would have missed.

Great tour very informative guide we would have been lost without him! So much to see certainly worth the money to have someone with great knowledge.

Outstanding tour. Our guide did a great job giving us a detailed historical overview of the city and the castle. Learned a lot!

We had an excellent tour, very highly recommended! Our guide, Magda, was so informative and knowledgeable! We loved our time.

Great service, all on time. I recommend Rekommenderar!