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Wawel Castle

Wawel Castle

Wawel Castle is a historic castle located in Kraków, Poland. It is situated on Wawel Hill, overlooking the Vistula River. The castle complex consists of a number of buildings and structures, including the main castle, the Cathedral, and the Wawel Dragon’s Den.

  • Address: Wawel 5, 31-001 Kraków, Poland
  • Hours: 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Wawel Castle

Wawel Castle sits right along the Vistula River. The Castle is thought to have been settled as early as the seventh century.

Wawel Castle

One of the most prominent features of Wawel Castle is the Wawel Cathedral, also known as the Cathedral Basilica of St. Stanislaus and St. Wenceslaus. It is a significant religious site in Poland and the burial place of many Polish kings and national heroes. 

Wawel Castle

Wawel Castle has played a significant role in Polish history and culture. It was the residence of the Polish kings for centuries, from the 11th century until the capital was moved to Warsaw in the 16th century. The castle served as the political and cultural center of Poland during that time.

Wawel Castle

The architecture of Wawel Castle reflects various styles and influences, including Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque. The different sections of the castle were built and expanded upon throughout the centuries, resulting in a diverse and impressive architectural ensemble.

Wawel Castle

Wawel Castle

Wawel Castle

Wawel Castle

Wawel Castle

Wawel Castle

Wawel Castle

Wawel Castle Dragon’s Den

The Dragon’s Den is a cave that is formed within the limestone. I climbed down through a circular staircase and then walked through the cave. When I exited, I was on Vistula Boulevard where I stood in front of a sculpture of the Wawel Dragon created by Bronisław Chromy in 1972.

Wawel Castle Dragon's Den

According to legend, a dragon once lived in a cave beneath Wawel Hill, and it was eventually defeated by a clever shoemaker named Krakus. Today, a statue of the Wawel Dragon stands at the entrance to the den, and it has become a popular tourist spot.

Wawel Castle

Wawel Castle Dragon's Den

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Wawel Castle is open to visitors, and it houses several museums and exhibitions that showcase the history, art, and culture of Poland. Visitors can explore the various chambers of the castle, including the Royal State Rooms, the Crown Treasury, and the Armory.

Wawel Castle is a symbol of Polish heritage and a significant landmark in Kraków. Have you been before?

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Katie

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Hailing from the great state of Wisconsin, Katie Kinsley is a content creating, email marketing, overambitious plant-lover (read: killer). She's obsessed with planning detailed vacations and finding and building an affordable wardrobe. She's an individualist at heart discovering self-growth, a parent to a dog and a cat and in love with productivity hacks.
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