The Wawel Hill is accessible to visitors daily
from April through September between 6 a.m. and
8 p.m. and from October through March between 6
a.m. and 6 p.m. The Royal Castle's
famous inner courtyard is off limits half an
hour before the closing time.
Visitors cannot bring luggage, including
backpacks (left luggage facilities are available
at the southern gate and in the castle's inner
Exhibitions in the Royal Castle are closed on
Christmastide (December 24th and 25th), New
Year's Day, Easter Sunday and Monday, November
1, and November 11. Ditto the Wawel Cathedral for tourists and the Cathedral Museum.
The following are permanent exhibitions in the
Wawel Royal Castle:
Royal Chambers / State Rooms - historical
interiors, tapestry collection of Sigismund II
Augustus, royal portraits, Italian Renaissance
furniture, Italian and Dutch painting of the
14th to 17th century.
Royal Private Apartments - rooms where
the Polish royalty lived, period furniture and
Crown Treasury and Armory
- regalia, jewelry, precious weapons, armors and
caparisons; Polish and West European.
Oriental Art - Turkish tents
and banners, Turkish and Persian weapons and
carpets, Chinese and Japanese ceramics.
The Lost Wawel -
archaeological and architectural reserve of the
early-11th-century church of St. St. Felix and
Adauctus' with surroundings; objects excavated
by archeologists on the Wawel Hill; ornate stove
tiles of the 16th and 17th century. Plus
multimedia presentation of the Wawel Hill's
From May through October visitors may also
take guided tours of the castle's gardens
arranged in historical styles.
There is a daily limit on the number of visitors
to each Wawel exhibition. Tickets state the time
of the tour.
outclasses even the adjacent Royal Castle. A
single ticket allows seeing the cathedral
itself, the Royal Tombs in its crypts, and
its belfry with a giant
The Wawel Hill's other outstanding places of
interest are the Cathedral Museum and
Pope John Paul II Cathedral Museum
shows world-class church art and historic
Dragon's Den is a
cave said to be the fiery monster's
Throughout November entry to all
exhibitions at the Wawel Royal
Castle is free of charge.
about Krakow Wawel
- see opening hours and ticket rates for the Wawel
Admittance terms and fees might be subject to
changes. For inquiries and booking please contact
the Tourist Service Office (BOT), Wawel 5, 31-001
Krakow, Poland. Phone (+48) 124225155 ext. 291,
phone/fax: (+48) 124221697 Monday through Thursday
from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., on Fridays, Saturdays,
Sundays, and holidays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.