Wawel Royal Castle

Renaissance Wawel Royal Castle is the former residence of Polish kings, located on the Wawel Hill, near the Old Town of Krakow. 

It is a two-storey building with a courtyard surrounded by arcaded cloisters. The castle was rebuilt several times for the needs of royal families, and fires, plundering and marches of foreign troops caused that the reconstruction gave it a new architectural style.

The present appearance of the castle is due to the reconstruction in the time of King Zygmunt the Old.

In 1930, the Wawel Royal Castle became one of the most important museums in the country.

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Collections of the Royal Castle in Wawel

The collections are presented at permanent exhibitions, showing the appearance of the royal residence in the 16th and 17th centuries.

Archive of the Wawel Royal Castle

The Archives of the Wawel Royal Castle collects documents, manuscripts, files, photos, negatives on glass and plastic substrates, slides and prints, posters, microfilms, conservation documentation, films, and materials concerning deposits.

Ceramics collections

The collection of ceramics with more than 1500 objects is a collection of eighteenth-century Meissen porcelain, Dutch faience from Delft, Eastern pottery, and ancient Greek pottery, as well as objects acquired during archaeological excavations carried out on the Wawel Hill, baroque stoves and presidential service decorated with golden Eagle.


Graphics - Wawel iconography and portraits of Polish monarchs from the XNUMXth and XNUMXth.



Lapidarium is a collection of stone sculptures and architectural details acquired during conservation works and archaeological research conducted in the Wawel Hill.


European paintings presented at the Wawel Royal Castle are works from the period from the fourteenth to the twentieth century. These are religious, mythological paintings, genre scenes of a moral character, landscapes, marine, still life and portraits, including royal ones.



Furniture from the Wawel Royal Castle was built in Europe from the Middle Ages to the beginning of the 20th century. Furniture from the 16th and 17th centuries remind us of the splendor of the residence during the reign of the Jagiellonians and Vasa.

Base metals

Base metals are European and oriental artistic products made of tin, copper, brass, bronze and iron made and decorated with various techniques.

An antique weapon

Antique weapons and military equipment from the XIII - XIX centuries are more than 1000 exhibits, including the coronation sword called Szczerbcem, the only preserved insignia of royal power. The weapon stored in the Wawel Royal Castle is associated with many Polish monarchs, hetmans and representatives of the senatorial families.

Models and castings

Models and castings are mock-ups of the castle, models of Renaissance stoves, castings of architectural and sculptural elements, m.im. heads from the ceiling of the Hall of Deputies.


The sculpture in the collections of the Wawel Royal Castle is mainly Polish sculpture from the XIV - XX centuries, and the 30 collection of Renaissance Wawel heads, which are the decoration of the ceiling of the Hall of the Deputies.


The Wawel glass collection consists of Old Polish products, made in the 18th century in Polish magnate factories, as well as Western European glass.


The collection of fabrics counts about 900 monuments. The most important is the collection of tapestries of King Sigismund Augustus dating from the sixteenth century and 136 today, and 13 collection of Turkish tents and banners captured by the army of Jan III Sobieski in the Battle of Vienna.

Archaeological collections

Archaeological collections, such as tools, coins, ornaments and devotional items found in the Wawel Hill, are one of the oldest traces of human activity in the Polish lands from the Paleolithic to the 20th century.


Clocks from the Wawel collection were created in Europe in the 16th and 17th centuries. These are tiles, turret clocks, monstrance clocks, as well as travel, coach and cabinet clocks, CARTEL, pendulum clocks, floor clocks, fireplace clocks, pocket clocks, also with patriotic decorations related to the history of Poland.


Goldsmithing is a collection of jewels, silver and gold products, jewelery stones, sculptures in ivory and amber, as well as miniatures in jewelery frames and numismatics minted in the XNUMXth-XNUMXth centuries at the request of Polish monarchs. The collections include items made by Polish monarchs or people from their immediate vicinity.

Classes proposed by the Wawel Royal Castle


- curating

- activities for families with children

- museum lessons for pre-school children, from the age of XUMUM years

- activities for school students
- for people with dysfunctions

- meeting for seniors

Permanent exhibitions open all year

- Representative Royal Chambers

-Private Royal Apartments


- Crown Treasury

-Wawel Lost

-Art of the East

Seasonal routes

-Smoke Cave

- Sandomierz Tower

-Budowle and Wawel Gardens

Promotion and Information Center

-tourist information

-Ticket offices

- tour booking and guide services




- souvenir shop

-wireless Internet


9.00-18.00 (III, X)

9.00-19.00 (IV, IX)

9.00-20.00 (V-VIII)

9.00-17.00 (XI-II


Wawel Royal Castle Tickets

- does not sell on-line
-not accept payments in Euro currency

- does not accept payment cards

-In the Wawel Hill, two ATMs are available
- access to the hill area and the arcaded courtyard is free

- Daily limits to enter exposures
-the number of free passes is limited

Price list and opening hours of the exhibition

Wawel Royal Castle


Ticket prices - permanent exhibitions

Representative Royal Chambers

normal ticket PLN 20

reduced ticket PLN 12

Private Royal Apartments

regular ticket 27 PLN

concessionary ticket PLN 21 (the price includes a guide in Polish or English)

Oriental art

regular ticket 8 PLN

reduced ticket 5 PLN

Wawel Lost

regular ticket 10 PLN

reduced ticket PLN 7

The Crown Treasury and the Armory - NUNCTIONS to 13 May 2019

regular ticket 20 PLN

reduced ticket PLN 12

Opening hours of permanent exhibitions

Wawel Royal Castle:


- active Representative Rooms and Wawel Lost

in the hours: 9.30-13.00

-the last entry at 12.00
- free entry, tickets are issued

between 9.00-11.45

Tuesday Friday:

in the hours: 9.30-17.00

Saturday, Sunday, holidays:

in the hours: 10.00-17.00
last entry at 16.00

ticket offices open from 9.00 a.m. to 15.45 p.m.

on Sundays and public holidays 9.30-15.45

Opening hours and price list - Seasonal Routes

Wawel Royal Castle:

open from 23 April to 31 October

After the permanent exhibitions are closed, the coffers sell tickets exclusively to Dragon's Den and Sandomierz's Baszta

Dragon's Pit 5 PLN
The Sandomierz Tower 5 zlotys

Wawel's buildings and gardens

regular ticket 18 PLN

reduced ticket 10 PLN

- active 23 IV-30 IX

- every day from 11.00-15.00 (the price includes a guide in Polish or English)

-bilet also entitles you to enter the Sandomierz Tower



On Saturday and Easter Sunday (20, 21 April 2019) The Wawel Royal Castle is closed

On Easter Monday (22 April 2019) only open: Representative Royal Chambers and Wawel Lost

in the hours: 10.00-17.00

last entry at 16.00
free entry, passes issued to 15.45

-1 and 3 May 2019

-Representative Royal Chambers, Oriental Art and Wawel Missing

open hours: 10.00-17.00

last entry at 16.00

sale of tickets to 15.45

-Private Royal Apartments

(guide fee included in the ticket price)

open from 10.00-17.00

last entry at 15.45

sale of tickets to 15.35

- Słonowo Jama and the Sandomierska Tower

open from 10.00-19.00

sale of tickets to 18.45

- Buildings and gardens of Wawel

open from 11.00-15.00

payment for a guide in English Polish or English in the price of the ticket


Ticket prices - permanent exhibitions

Representative Royal Chambers

ticket normal 18 PLN

reduced ticket 10 PLN

Private Royal Apartments

regular ticket 23 PLN

concessionary ticket 18 PLN (the price includes a guide in Polish or English

Oriental art

(entry at 11.00 and 14.00)

regular ticket 7 PLN

reduced ticket PLN 4

Wawel Lost

regular ticket 8 PLN

reduced ticket PLN 5

Crown Treasury and Armory

regular ticket 18 PLN

reduced ticket PLN 10

Opening hours of permanent exhibitions

Wawel Royal Castle:

Tuesday-Saturday: 9.30-16.00
last entry at 15.00
ticket offices: 9.00-14.45

limited number of tickets

Sunday - the Representative Royal Chambers open

and Lost Wawel in hours. 10.00-16.00

last entry at 15.00
free admission - tickets issued to 14: 45

on Mondays, Wawel Royal Castle - closed

Seasonal routes

in the winter season - closed

The gates of the Wawel Hill are open in the following hours:

November-February: 6: 00-17: 00
March and October: 6: 00-18: 00
April, September: 6: 00-19: 00
May, August: 6: 00-20: 00
June, July: 6: 00-21: 00

The arcaded courtyard is closed half an hour before closing the gates of the hill.

The Wawel Royal Castle is closed on:

January 1
Easter - Saturday and Sunday
1 and 11 November
Christmas: 24, 25 December
Mondays - in the winter season (November 1 - March 31)

Access to the Wawel Royal Castle

The Wawel Royal Castle is located in the center of Krakow, on the Wawel Hill, about 10 minutes on foot from the Main Market Square, from the railway and bus stations - about 20 minutes. on foot.

-public transport (tram, bus)

-rower (no bicycles are allowed on the Wawel Hill

Balice Airport is 11 km from Krakow.

Access from the airport: by train, agglomeration buses, by taxi


Parking for cars

Underground car parks payable:

-Plac na Groblach (5, on foot from Wawel)

- at the National Museum (20, on foot from Wawel)

Park and Ride (P&R) "Park and Ride"
- connected with public transport, located near tram terminations and major interchange points: Red poppies, Kurdwanów, Bieżanów

Parking spaces along the streets:
- payable on weekdays in the hours: 10.00-20.00, payment in the parking meter

Parking for coaches

-ul.Powiśle (5min. Walk from Wawel)

- at the Wisła Kraków Stadium, Al. 3 Maja (1,5 km from Wawel, 50 places for buses)


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