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These Krakow landmarks rate high in both historical and sightseeing value.
It royally sits on a hill overlooking Krakow city and the Vistula River. Wawel Castle dates back to the 11th century and has been damaged, reconstructed, and expanded a number of times. Today, it's in good condition.
Top 2 highlights:
Royal Apartments and State Rooms
They are furnished with period furniture. The Flemish tapestries are the star attraction.
This large space is lined with remarkable balcony architecture.
Other notable attractions include:
Crown Treasury and Armory
Houses the crown jewels and the fabled Szczerbiec sword.
Features archaeological findings.
A cave with an interesting tale.
Nearly all the several dozen Polish kings were crowned and buried here. The cathedral is jammed with tombs and is venerated by the Poles.
Unfortunately, this is the weakest point of the Wawel Castle and Cathedral complex. Tickets to some interior attractions are sold separately, limited, and time-sensitive. Buy them as early as possible if you will be there during the peak tourist periods.
You do not require a ticket if you stay outside. Just walk through the front gate and enjoy the castle grounds and courtyard.
How to pronounce
Wawel = vah-vell
Location in Poland