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THE WAWEL HILL - ROYAL CASTLE

     

        Join our sightseeing tour of the Wawel Hill – a historical monument of national and European significance. It is well-worth coming here for a hands-on experience of the past times, which will be made even more interesting with the stories and legends told by our guides.

We suggest visiting Wawel after a walk along the Royal Tract.


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The tour of the Wawel Hill is not only an amazing lesson of history, but also a real feast for the eyes. You will have a chance to admire architectural gems from various epochs, beautiful ornamentations and antique objects in the Wawel cathedral as well as in the royal chambers. The “Lost Wawel” exhibition will take you back to the faraway past of the 11th century.


 

 

Itinerary: the Wawel Cathedral (the interior, the royal crypt, the Sigismund Bell), royal chambers, the “Lost Wawel” exhibition.

Duration: depending on the chosen option: the Cathedral – about 1h, royal chambers – about 1.5h, “Lost Wawel” – 1h.

Price includes: guide service, admission fees

The price is negotiated individually and depends on the number of people.

 

 

Trips can be combined. After the sightseeing walk, we suggest a number of options for you to try out: a bicycle ride to nearby Tyniec, a walk in Kazimierz - the old Jewish quarter, or visiting the Krakow mounds. In case of combined trips the price is negotiated individually.

 

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It can be said Wawel is the soul Kraków and of Poland, the Royal Cathedral can be found trophies honouring Po­land's military achievements, Royal Tombs and the rest­ing places of famous Poles; there are several chapels containing fine paintings and works of art. The most beautiful of these chapels is the Renaissance Chapel of King Zygmunt in whose tower hangs the great Zygmunt Bell, weighing 11 tons, which is heard only on momentous occasions of national im­portance.

Wawel Hill, according to experts in the esoteric sci­ences, is the site of a particu­lar passage of energy, the Earth's eighth source of posi­tive energy. There must, indeed, be something to this theory as tens of thousands of years ago primitive man instinctively sought shelter in the caves of this limestone hill.

By the 9th century, Wawel was already densely inhabit­ed and the ruler of the Slavonic tribe of Wiślanie lived in the fortified town. A century and a half later Polish monarchs acknowl­edged Wawel Hill to be a place worthy of the seat of kings. The tomb of one of them - Władysław Łokietek - was the first of many Royal Tombs in Wawel. In 1364 King Kazimierz the Great elicited Pope Urban V's per­mission to found the Kraków Academy in the town below Wawel Hill and it later came to be called the JagieUoruan University in honour of the King who reformed it The University boasts graduates such as Co­pernicus and Karol Wojty­ła. 

In the same year as the oldest Univer­sity in this part of the conti­nent was founded, Eu­rope's migh­tiest rulers arrived in Kraków for the Council of Monarchs. Not long after, the Jagiellonian Dynasty was to rule one of the largest nations of contemporary Europe from WawelCastle. Artists and learned thinkers from all over Europe visited Kraków. Invited by King Zygmunt the Old (Sigis- mundus the Old), Erasmus of Rotterdam declared that Kraków was one of the most important centres of culture and the humanities. Although the RoyalCastle on Wawel Hill contains splendid elements of various styles and epochs, it is nonetheless considered to be a remarkable example of Renaissance art. Fine tapes­tries woven in the best Flemish workshops hang on the walls of the castle's cham­bers, whilst the wooden cof­fered ceilings are decorated with the famous "Wawel Heads".

 

 

 

 

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