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Krakow: Wawel Castle & Cathedral Guided Tour

1. 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 and Cathedral Guided Tour

2. Krakow: Wawel Castle and 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 Entry Tickets

3. Krakow: Wawel Castle Guided Tour with Entry Tickets

Wawel Castle was the residence of the royal family of Poland till 1795. It is a source of great Polish pride and stands as one of the most spectacular buildings on the top of Wawel Hill.  During your tour of the castle, you will get the chance to witness the grandeur of Poland’s past as you pass through the magnificent halls of the castle. Presently, the castle also houses a museum that includes beautiful artifacts preserved from the historic times when kings and queens ruled the country. During your tour, you may also visit the Royal private apartments adorned with exquisite tapestries, paintings, and chandeliers.  The castle serves as a premier art museum and also includes an Oriental Art section with the largest collection of Ottoman tents on the European continent. This 14th-century castle built by King Casimir II the Great was at the top of its opulence in the 16th century when King Sigismund the Old commissioned the castle to be expanded and built into what it looks like today. Once you are in the castle, you will be transported into the era of kings and queens as your guide shares information about the royals who once lived in the castle and the myths surrounding this beautiful place. You may also get to see the Wawel exhibition, which displays objects uncovered during archaeological excavations around the region. It also includes scale models of buildings and other architectural elements.  Wawel Castle is recognized as a Unesco World Heritage site and is known to have immense cultural and historical significance in Poland.

Krakow: Sightseeing Cruise on the Vistula River

4. Krakow: Sightseeing Cruise on the Vistula River

You will start your cruise along the Vistula River in Krakow from the bottom of Wawel Hill (close to the Old Town). This is an excellent choice for all who want to enjoy the beauty of Krakow from the perspective of a unique "Vistula". On your tour, you will see the most representative monuments of the "City of Kings", Krakow. You will set out from the harbor "Vistula Garden" next to the Bridge Dębnicki, before sailing besides the most important symbol of Krakow; Wawel Hill and the Royal Castle. You will also pass St. Archicathedral, St. Stanislaus and Wenceslas, after which you will cruise through the bend where the Vistula Sisters Norbertine monastic complex is located. Some more highlights you will experience on this tour are St. Peter's Basilica, St. Michael the Archangel, Stanislaus Bishop and Martyr and the Church on the Rock. At the tail-end of the tour, you will reach the Father Bernatka Footbridge connecting the edges of two districts: Kazimierz and Podgórze. This famous footbridge of Krakow is also called the "Bridge of Love", and is greatly appreciated by tourists and locals alike. At the conclusion of this tour, you will sail back to Wawel Hill where you will disembark the vessel.

Krakow: Self-Guided Highlights Scavenger Hunt & Walking Tour

5. Krakow: Self-Guided Highlights Scavenger Hunt & Walking Tour

Get to know Krakow at your own pace on this interactive scavenger hunt walking tour played on your phone. Decipher riddles, interact with the most important attractions of the city, and unlock interesting facts and legends. An ideal outdoor activity for first time visitors, couples, groups, families, and children. Can be used as a great team-building activity. After downloading the scavenger hunt tour on your mobile device (via a link and login credentials received upon booking), use the mobile app and integrated maps to reach 10 of Krakow’s most important attractions on foot. At each stop, learn about the attraction and solve a location-based riddle that can only be solved if you reach the specific location. Use logic, imagination, observation, and team spirit to unlock the correct code and reveal the next destination of the city sightseeing game. At each stop, learn about the attraction and solve a location-based riddle that can only be solved if you reach the specific location. Use logic, imagination, observation, and team spirit to unlock the correct code and reveal the next destination of the tour. As you walk through the city, enjoy the flexibility to pause your game at any time to take a break, snap the perfect photos, stop for lunch, or visit a museum. Choose to continue the tour later or save the rest for another day. Start your tour at the imposing Town Hall Tower! Visit the iconic Kraków Cloth Hall with its unique exhibits and explore the miraculous St. Mary's Basilica. Take a photo at Floriańska Gate in the city center and get lost in the historic Plac Szczepański in the center of the old town. Learn about the pioneering Nicolaus Copernicus and his life. You will also pass by the unique Church of Sts Peter and Paul, don't forget to take a photo. See, admire, photograph and shiver with Wawel Cathedral in the center of the city, while Smok Wawelski, the symbol monument, will be the icing on the cake of this unique tour.

Krakow: Wawel Castle and Cathedral Guided Tour

6. Krakow: Wawel Castle and Cathedral Guided Tour

See Krakow's magnificent landmarks with an expert local guide. Visit the Wawel Cathedral and the Royal Wawel Castle. Learn about Polish kings and queens while visiting the Royal Chambers. Explore the residence of Polish kings at the Royal Wawel Castle, which has become 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 the Wawel collections of Eastern art contain the 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 Crown Treasury Tour with Guide

7. Krakow: Wawel Castle Crown Treasury Tour with Guide

Discover the rich heritage of Polish Kings and Queens on this guided tour of the Crown Treasury at Wawel Castle, in Krakow. Discover the mysterious world of history and splendor at Wawel! We invite you for an unforgettable journey through time to the heart of the Polish royal past - the Treasury at Wawel! Discover the extraordinary treasures that have shone in the crowns of kings and queens for centuries, emanating with power and beauty. This magnificent exhibition puts before you jewels that have survived the ages to tell their tale of glory and power. Ignite the imagination with the sparkles of diamonds, precious stones and gold that are still a living part of our heritage. Get ready for a thrilling journey into history, where you'll encounter masterpieces of craftsmanship and beauty that continues to amaze. Do not miss the chance to immerse yourself in the blink of an eye in the era of kings and queens, in the festive surroundings of Wawel - one of the most important and beautiful Polish fortresses. The treasury at Wawel is waiting for you Meet your licensed guide outside the castle and bypass line to visit the Crown Treasury. Uncover magnificent works of art, crown jewels, orbs, and more. Admire royal decorations of honor, including the mantle of the Knight of the Order of the Holy Spirit, and rare jewelry collections. Choose from a tour with or without a ticket to the Royal Armory. Save time with skip-the-line access to the Treasury.   Next, visit the Royal Armoury on a self-guided tour (if you have chosen that option). Explore its collection of richly decorated weapons, donated to Polish kings by medieval rulers from across Europe. See the original famous winged Polish Hussars’ armor and weapons. Take in the exquisite gun exhibits of rifles, arquebuses, patrinals, and pistols from medieval European factories. View the most valuable collection of barrels in the country bearing the coats of arms of Polish kings, hetmans, and noblemen.

Krakow Old Town: A Self-Guided Audio Tour

8. Krakow Old Town: A Self-Guided Audio Tour

Delve into Krakow's medieval past, with tales of ancient kings and fire-breathing dragons, on this tour of the historic old town and castle. Hear how Krakow was transformed into a royal city and Poland’s capital until 1596, after starting out as a humble merchant town. Begin your walk in the city’s medieval market square, and move through the city to learn its long history, from the invasion of the warriors of Genghis Khan, and the history of Wawel Castle in WW2, and the rise of Pope John Paul II, Krakow's most famous former resident. Look forward to highlights on the four such as the story of St. Mary's trumpeter, Krakow's legendary fire-breathing dragon, and take a walk around Wawel Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage site along with Krakow's entire Old Town, and see the Royal Palace. Hear stories about St. Mary's Basilica, and the Wawel Cathedral, and hear tales of the Krakow Barbican, a medieval fortress. Enjoy a short visit to the Bishop's Palace, the former home of Pope John Paul II. Enjoy a two-hour walking tour of the city, and enjoy the freedom to stop for a break at cafes and refreshments along the way. Finish the tour at Wawel Castle, only a short walk from the market square.

Krakow: Wawel Castle, Cathedral, Rynek Underground & Lunch

9. 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.

Skip-the-Line Wawel Castle Chambers Private Tour

10. Skip-the-Line Wawel Castle Chambers Private Tour

Wawel Castle is a crown jewel of Polish history, royal heritage and architecture nestled atop Wawel Hill. This tour with skip-the-line tickets allows you to beat the crowds and explore the nooks and crannies of this World Heritage site with an Expert Guide, who will tailor the experience to your needs and interests. Discover the legends of Krakow! Book a 2-hour private tour of the Wawel Castle State Rooms and Hill. This option includes skip-the-line tickets to the main exhibition of the castle’s interiors, offering an insight into the history of Polish statehood and monarchy. Together with your Private Guide you will explore Wawel Hill surrounded by defensive walls, the castle’s charming courtyards and piano nobile - the grand rooms intended for sessions of the sejm and senate, royal audiences, wedding receptions and balls. These chambers are filled with many beautiful paintings, antique furniture and cordovan tapestries that illustrate the power and wealth of Polish kings at that time. Book a 3-hour private tour of the Wawel Castle State Rooms, Cathedral and Hill. This option includes additional entrance tickets to the Wawel Cathedral, ZIgmunt’s Bell and Cathedral Museum. This nearly 1000 years old church is an architectural masterpiece and a treasure trove of royal heritage. Inside, you will see richly decorated side chapels and representative mausoleums of Polish monarchs, saints, military leaders, writers and other notable figures. You will also climb up the cathedral tower to see the famous Sigmunt’s bell and breathtaking views over Krakow. Book a 4-hour private tour of the Wawel Castle State Rooms, Treasury, Cathedral and Hill. On this extended tour you can discover the entire Wawel Castle Complex in 1 day. The additional skip-the-line tickets to the Crown Treasury allow access to a collection of the most valuable insignia collected from generation to generation or as diplomatic gifts for Polish monarchs. Crowns, scepters and swords are just some of the treasures you will see. Book the alternative 2-hour private tour of the Wawel Castle Treasury and and Hill. Since the State Rooms are closed on Mondays, we offer you this option to show you only parts of the castle. On Mondays you can explore Wawel Hill, admire the castle’s Renaissance exterior architecture and courtyards, and visit the amazing Crown Treasury with our reserved free admission tickets. Book the alternative 3-hour private tour of the Wawel Castle Treasury, Cathedral and Hill. Entrance tickets are included. This extended tour combines visiting the Crown Treasury with a visit to Wawel Cathedral, showcasing the wealth and power of Polish kings and queens during the Golden Age. Come and discover the most important treasures of Wawel Castle!

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The guide was very knowledgable, and the content and what we got to see was outstanding. Highly appreciated the group size was no more than 15 people.

Our guide was absolutely excellent 👌 so much knowledge, passion - it made a real difference when sightseeing. a wonderful experience, thank you!

Helena our guide was fantastic. She was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic and kept the 2 tours interesting and relevant. Thank you Helena.

Very interesting Tour including the castle and the cathedral. A lot of amazing details shared by our guide

Our guide Helen was exceptional….enthusiastic and so knowledgeable