Krakow's Castle rests atop Wawel Hill on the left bank of the Vistula River
, alongside Wawel Cathedral. Steeped in history, in the past the castle has been home to the Polish royal family, the army of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and a Nazi governor during World War II.
Wawel Castle currently hosts one of Krakow’s best museums and is just a short walk from the Park Inn Krakow.
Exhibitions at Wawel Castle
At Wawel Castle there are several must-see areas for visitors. First off, you can tour the state rooms that feature superb tapestries of Zygmunt the Old, set amongst rich furnishings selected from ancient furniture collections. For those interested in military history, the treasury and armoury displays examples of ornamental swords and other fighting equipment from down the ages.
The museum also hosts an exhibition charting the growth of the castle and the city through the centuries. There you’ll find a model of the Wawel Castle as it was before the invasion of the Austrians in 1795, with documentation of the several decades of archaeology undertaken on the hills also on display.
Wawel Castle is open to the public every day from 6am until 5pm. Ticket offices can be found at the castle’s visitors centre. The majority of tickets are for individual visitors unaccompanied by a guide; however the Royal Private Apartments at Wawel Castle can only be viewed with a Polish or English speaking guide, included in the ticket price.
Staying at Park Inn by Radisson Krakow Hotel
The Park Inn Krakow is ideally situated for exploring the older parts of the city, including Wawel Castle and the Rynek Glówny, Krakow market square.
Located in the city centre of Krakow
, the hotel is within walking distance of the castle and other attractions such as the Jewish district of Kazimeierz.
With 152 rooms and 10 suites, plus a restaurant, parking and fitness centre, the Park Inn by Radisson Krakow Hotel makes a superb base for your Krakow holiday.