Tickets to the Wawel Hill

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    About Wawel Hill

    Wawel Hill in Kraków is accessible to visitors daily all year round from 06:00 AM until dusk. In winter, it closes at 05:30 PM or 06:00 PM. In summer, it remains open until 08:00 PM. 

    One of the most popular attraction points for Polish and foreign tourists, Wawel Hill is almost always busy, especially from May 1 to September 30, when the beautiful Royal Gardens are in full bloom. If you want to avoid crowds, get there at the last hour before clothing. 

    However, if you also want to visit the Wawel Castle and other curiosities, you should come in the morning and set aside most of the day.  

    • Explore the medieval center of Royal power

    Wawel Hill is considered the most historically and culturally significant site in Kraków and Poland. This limestone rock, rising above the Vistula river, was chosen by the first ruler of the Polish state as the site of his residence. You can explore a fortified architectural complex erected atop the hill and admire the impressive architecture of the Royal Castle and the Wawel Cathedral, where Polish monarchs were crowned and buried.    

    • Meet the Wawel Dragon

    According to the legend, one of the caves inside the hill was once home to the fire-breathing dragon. Today, you can meet this character at the foot of Wawel Hill in front of the limestone cave named Smocza Jama, or Dragon's Den. The impressive metal sculpture of the dragon is 6 meters (20 ft) tall and spits real fire every few minutes.  

    Wawel Hill is located in Kraków's historic center, just a 10-minute walk from the heart of the Old Town. You can quickly get there by light rail. The closest station is Wawel, served by lines 6, 8, 10, 13, and 18.

    Explore the Old City of Krakow and meet the Wawel Dragon with our in-app audio tour Old Krakow: Get to Know the Treasure of Poland. With a detailed route on your smartphone, you will visit all the top attractions, admire the most beautiful churches, and learn more about Wawel Hill and its prominent landmarks. 

    FAQ about Wawel Hill

    Admission to Wawel Hill is free, and there is no charge to stroll around the castle grounds, courtyards, and Royal Gardens. However, you need to buy a ticket to visit the Castle and other attractions.