Wawel Castle in Krakow is one of the most recognizable monuments – not only in the city but also throughout the country. This former seat of the kings and rulers rises on the west bank of the Vistula River. On a hill outside the Castle, there are other famous sights, such as the Wawel Cathedral, and the historic portions of the fortification buildings. The castle is a combination of Renaissance, Baroque and classicist influences. Tourists can admire the castle interiors, walk through the courtyard and royal gardens. Find out more about one of the most beautiful monuments of the city and plan your visit!
History of Wawel Castle
The history of the castle goes back to the 11th century. Over the years, the appearance of the castle has changed repeatedly. Even today, traces of medieval, Renaissance, Baroque and classicist influences are recognized in the construction. Until the 17th century, the castle served as the seat of the kings. Wawel Castle in Krakow was restored after World War II. As many original elements as possible were preserved, and the destroyed parts of the Palace were reconstructed. New parts of the ancient buildings and foundations are being uncovered. Nowadays, the castle is open to visitors who want to know the history and tradition of the city. It has a courtyard surrounded by a cloister, the entrance gate and five towers serving as flats. Inside, you can explore more than 70 exhibitions, such as the chambers, the royal treasury, and armoury. A tour around the castle can take up to a few hours if you want to see everything.
Wawel Castle in Krakow is situated near the Main Market Square, so you can get there in just a few minutes. It is possible to visit the castle with individually as well as during our our Segway tour in Krakow. From April to October, it’s possible to enter it for free on Monday, and Sunday for the rest of the year. It is worth to book some time to visit one of the most important sights of Krakow.