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Wawel Castle was built by King Casimir III the Great and is part of the Historic Center of Krakow, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1978. Due to plenty of rebuilding work over the centuries, the building represents a number of different architectural styles, including medieval, renaissance, and baroque. Guests can visit the sumptuously decorated State Rooms and royal apartments, or visit several of the other unique exhibitions, including the Crown Treasury which holds the Polish Crown Jewels, and the Oriental Art exhibition which is home to the largest collection of Ottoman tents in Europe.
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Wawel Castle: one of the largest castles in Poland

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Permanent exhibitions

State rooms

The stuccoed and frescoed ceremonial halls are full of Baroque works of art. This is also where the senators and the lower house of the old Poland met, when Krakow was still the capital. A tour of this exhibition lasts about 50 minutes.

Treasury and armory

The treasury houses the crown jewels and other treasures of the Polish nobility. Halberds (mixed form of cutting and stabbing weapon), swords and armor, as well as historical firearms are exhibited in the Royal Armory in Wawel Castle. As a visit time here is also about 50 minutes.

Exhibition of oriental art

An impressive collection of tents of the Ottoman Army forms the center of the exhibition of oriental art in Wawel Castle. You should expect the visit of this collection to take another 50 minutes.

Lost Wawel - an archaeological-architectural collection

This exhibition is dedicated to the excavations of the castle walls and the different architectural styles that became part of Wawel Castle over the centuries. For the visit you need about 40 minutes.

General information

opening hours

The Visitor Center is open from 9 am to 6:30 pm. In summer (April 1 to October 31), the exhibitions are open from Tuesday to Sunday from 9.30 am to 7 pm. Last entry varies for every exhibit, latest being 6:40pm. The Crown Treasury, Armory, and The Lost Wawel are also open from 9.30 am to 1 pm on Mondays. The entrance to the Chambers is through the Senator's Stairs. The Royal Private Apartments will be temporarily closed from August 16, 2023 to September 13, 2023 and from December 16, 2023 to January 31, 2024.


Wawel Royal Castle
Wawel 5
31-001 Krakow


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Tickets to the State Rooms cost PLN25 in summer and PLN20 in winter, the Royal Apartments cost PLN27 in summer and PLN23 in winter. The Crown Treasury and Armory cost PLN25 in summer and PLN20 in winter, the Oriental Art exhibition costs PLN10 in summer and PLN8 in winter, and The Lost Wawel exhibition costs PLN12 in summer and PLN10 in winter. Reduced admission is available for students of schools and universities, visitors aged 65 and over, teachers, and veterans of the Polish military. Entry is free for children under the age of 7.

how to get there

The castle is a 10-minute walk from the main market square in Krakow, and a 20-minute walk from the central train and bus station. It can be reached by taking tram numbers 3, 6, 8, 10, 18, or 40 to Wawel or Stradom, or by taking bus numbers 184, 484, 610, or 662 to Stradom or numbers 114, 124, 144, 164, 169, 173, 179, 194, 252, 304, 424, 503, 605, or 608 to Jubilat. Bicycles aren’t permitted on Wawel Hill. There is no parking at the site, the closest underground car park is available at Plac na Groblach, and there is limited metered street parking in ul. Smocza and ul. Bernardyńska.
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