Wawel Hill

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Krakow: Wawel Royal Hill Guided Tour

1. Krakow: Wawel Royal Hill Guided Tour

Join a guided tour of the Wawel Royal Hill, one of the most important hills in Poland. This was where Polish kings and queens reigned over Poland. Your guide will tell you about the secrets of the royals and show you the most important places within Wawel Hill.  After meeting your guide, you will pass by the most expensive hotel in Cracow, which has hosted HRH Prince Charles and President Bush. You are then going to stop by the house of Jan Długosz, the legendary Polish historian, from where you will have a magnificent view over Wawel Hill. Then, start to go uphill, passing through the Arms Gate, and stopping by the monument to Tadeusz Kościuszko, one of the most important Polish heroes. Walk past the entrance to the Wawel Cathedral. Continue in the direction of the center of Wawel hill and the medieval courtyard, and head to the Austrian Hospital, from where you will be able to see a beautiful panorama of Krakow. You are then going to pass by Sandomierska Tower and go downhill through the Bernardyńska Gate, eventually leading to the cave of the Wawel Dragon. 

Krakow: Wawel Castle Guided Tour with Entry Tickets

2. 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: Wawel Hill Audioguide Tour

3. Krakow: Wawel Hill Audioguide Tour

After collecting your audioguide at the local Tourist Information Centre, listen to the commentary as you walk along Kanonicza Street to the Wawel Hill. Wawel has been the monarch’s residency from the 11th century and is also the site where Polish royals were crowned and buried.  Once you've arrived at the Royal Castle, hear about the role of each building, and the stories behind them. You will learn about the history of Main Courtyard, the Arcaded Courtyard, as well as the Crown Treasury and Armory. End the tour at the famous Dragon’s Den.

Krakow: Sightseeing Cruise by Vistula River

4. Krakow: Sightseeing Cruise by Vistula River

Admire the Wawel Royal Castle and see other monuments from the Vistula River, Krakow's historic waterway. Listen to the audio commentary as you sit back and relax, enjoying the comfort of a traditional yet modern vessel. Head to the open deck for panoramic views of Krakow's landmarks. Witness the charms of Krakow’s districts, such as Saltwator and Kazimierz, and see such sights as the Dębnicki Bridge, "Church on the Rock," and Manggha Museum of Japanese Art and Technology.

Krakow: Sightseeing Cruise on the Vistula River

5. Krakow: Sightseeing Cruise on the Vistula River

Explore Krakow from the Vistula River — the Queen of Polish Rivers — on a sightseeing cruise. Sail past landmarks such as Kościuszko Mound, Wawel Castle, Church on the Rock, and the Monastery of the Norbertan Sisters while hearing about the city's legends from your guide. The heated deck and comfortable leather sofas of the modern boat will make you feel at home even on cold days. On warmer days, you're invited to the observation deck to enjoy the beautiful views while spending time outdoors. Listen to the history of Krakow from the boat's modern overhead sound system in Polish and English. Take in all the major the sights of the city, such as Skałka Church, Royal Wawel Castle, the former House of Pope John Paul II, Norbertine Monastery, Kościuszko Mound, Cricoteka, and The 6 Bridges.

Krakow: Electric Car Tour and Optional Schindler’s Factory

6. Krakow: Electric Car Tour and Optional Schindler’s Factory

Discover the city of Krakow in a day on an eco-friendly electric buggy city tour. Learn about the city's colorful history from your local guide as you glide through the city's iconic neighborhoods and past its main landmarks. See Wawel Castle, the Jewish Quarters, and the former Jewish Ghetto all from the comfort of your e-buggy. Embark on an unforgettable journey in an eco-friendly electric buggy through the charming streets of Krakow. Visit the city's three most historical districts with ease and comfort. First, make your way to the Old Town to see the enchanting Wawel Royal Castle towering over the city and the Vistula River, the Barbican with its fortified turrets and walls, impressive churches, and a number of other historical buildings. Next, head to the city's historic Jewish quarter with its breathtaking array of Christian churches, Jewish synagogues, and the historical buildings of the former city of Kazimierz. Marvel at the trendy shops, bars, and galleries that now line these streets. Finally, ride to the former Jewish ghetto walls and Getto Heroes Square before ending your tour at Schindler's Factory Museum. Here, if the museum is open and tickets available to buy, you can visit the museum at your own pace, unguided. After an hour in the museum, be picked up and brought back to the original starting point of the tour. Alternatively, if you don't visit the museum, be dropped off immediately after the tour ends at the original starting point of the tour.

Krakow: 1-Hour Evening Vistula River Cruise

7. Krakow: 1-Hour Evening Vistula River Cruise

After registering your ticket at the kiosk, meet your crew whom you with travel with throughout your cruise down the Vistula River. The royal city of Krakow is full of interesting and entertaining places, many of which you pass throughout this experience. Sail past picturesque landscapes including Wawel Castle, the Dębnicki Bridge, the Monastery of the Norbertan Sisters, the junction where the Rudawa River flows into Vistula, the Dębniki district, and the John Paul II Family Home. You later encounter the Manggha Museum of Japanese Art and Technology, various other bridges, the Cricoteka Museum, the Kazimierz district, and the Church on the Rock. This cruise is the perfect way to relax and take some rest, accompanied by the sound of the waves lapping up against the side of the boat. At the conclusion of your experience, your boat returns you to your tour starting location.

Krakow Segway Half Day Tour of the Jewish Quarter

8. Krakow Segway Half Day Tour of the Jewish Quarter

The major attractions of Krakow's Jewish Quarter are arranged just perfectly for a Segway. This tour combines history with fun and includes some amazing stories. The Jewish Quarter features sites from the movie Schindler's List, synagogues and squares and the Old Meat Market. The actual Oskar Schindler Factory is in the World War II Ghetto area, along with Heroes of the Ghetto Square.

Krakow: Old Town Private Guided Walking Tour

9. Krakow: Old Town Private Guided Walking Tour

Meet your guide by the Florian's Gate and be invited for the fully private sightseeing with all of the city's top sights. Spend a half a day exploring a UNESCO World Heritage listed city. Begin your guided tour with a walk through the Old Town. Listen to stories about the architecture, inhabitants, local history and attractions of Krakow. Walk along Florianska, one of the most famous and most exemplary streets of Kraków, leading straight to the heart of the city – the Main Market Square. Today it tempts with a variety of shops, restaurants, and clubs, while centuries ago it hosted the solemn coronation and funeral processions of monarchs. Admire the Main Market Square, the most important public space in Krakow, the most expansive Market Square of medieval Europe, gathering everything most characteristic of the city and having the most distinctive hallmarks, the most beautiful, the most important, the most charming, the most… Stop by the Collegium Maius and the Jagiellonian University the oldest in Poland and in this part of Europe. Immerse yourself in the culture of Krakow visiting Wawel Hill an ancient centre of power: legendary – connected to Krak or Krakus, the mythical founder of the stronghold and his descendants, and historical: ducal, princely, ecclesiastical, and royal. Be amazed by the castle and the cathedral with a bell tower and catacombs where many Polish monarchs are buried. See the six-metre tall Wawel Dragon statue and stop by the cave on the bank of the Vistula where the legendary dragon inhabited, terrorised the locals and demanded offerings of cattle, though in an alternate version of the tale these were virgins. Heading back down into Old Town, walk along the medieval cobblestone streets to St. Mary's Basilica with a high altar by Veit Stoss (Wit Stwosz), a bugle call and the star strewn murals by Jan Matejko covering the vaulting. Visit Sukiennice - Cloth Hall - full of stalls offering typical Krakow souvenirs. See the defensive walls and Barbican fortress before you part ways with your guide to see the city on your own.

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

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Wawel Hill

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A excellent trip with a friendly guide that told us many interesting things and showed us different areas and also gave us chance to step off the Segway’s and look closer at a couple of interesting things. Felt very safe travelling round and the roads and paths. Highly recommend

Really nice evening, lovely sites to see. Only down fall was the weather, it being cold, maybe they should offer blankets if your sitting on the top deck..... apart from that it was amazing

Very good knowledge and good fun. Enjoyed the different stops that took you through the timeline of krakow.

Best thing we’ve done in Krakow, guide with an amazing memory for history. Highly recommend it

very interesting and a great way to see a large part of the beautiful city