Wawel Cathedral with a Private Guide

Duration - 1.5h
Start time - 10AM or 3 PM
Wawel 3, - John Paul II monument (in front of Wawel Cathedral)
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  • You will visit the most famous cathedral in Poland
  • With the help of a private guide in your chosen language, you will learn the history and secrets hidden by the cathedral on Wawel Hill.
  • A comprehensive tour of the cathedral takes 1.5 - 2 hours.

The cathedral is a three-nave Gothic basilica made of brick and limestone. Over the following centuries, a complex of various accompanying buildings was added to the nave.

The cathedral is surrounded by three towers. On the north side of the Sigismund Tower, the Sigismund Bell hangs, and the Clock Tower higher than it is decorated with a Baroque helmet. On the south side, we can see the Silver Bells Tower. The Sigismund Chapel covered with a gilded dome, the work of Italian builders of the Renaissance period, attracts attention.

Apart from the kings and their families, the cathedral also houses Polish national heroes and writers. The latter was dedicated to the Crypt of the Poets, where Mickiewicz and Słowacki are buried.

Of the nineteen chapels that surround the cathedral, it is worth taking a closer look at at least a few. The Sigismund Chapel hides the tombstones of the last kings of the Jagiellonian dynasty. It is the most outstanding Renaissance work in Poland. It is sometimes called "the pearl of the Renaissance north of the Alps".

The Świętokrzyska Chapel was build as the mausoleum of Kazimierz Jagiellończyk and his wife Elżbieta Rakuszanka. Its most valuable element is the marble tombstone of the king, carved by Wit Stwosz. It is an outstanding example of late medieval stone carvings.

The Potocki Chapel, originally a Gothic one, was rebuilt by a late Renaissance sculptor, Jan Michałowicz from Urzędów. In the 19th century it was transformed into the Empire style. It is one of the few homogeneous examples of Classicism in Krakow.

The cathedral leads to the entrance to the Royal Tombs and the tower with the Sigismund Bell.

Important info

  • Free cancellation until 24h before the pickup hour

  • You can book the tour up to 24 hours before it starts

  • Please make sure to show up on time. Being late might prevent you from taking part in the tour


I cannot find the meeting point/ Discover Cracow Representative.

You can always call our Support Center and our lovely consultants will direct you.

Can I go straight to the Castle and wait for a guide there?

For logistical reasons, we picked one spot (John Paul II monument in front of Wawel Cathedral) to meet our Customers and walk them to the Castle from there. It is way easier to meet that way.

I missed my tour. Can I use my voucher another day?

Unfortunately, it's not possible. You purchased a ticket for this particular tour and we reserve a guide for you. Rescheduling in case of no-shows is unfortunately not possible.

What are some other must-see places I should visit while in Krakow?

While in Krakow except for Wawel Castle you should definitely see Auschwitz Museum. It's located outside of Krakow and it's a place that everyone should visit at least once to learn about the tragedy of WWII. If you are interested - check out Auschwitz Tour for more information. 

Another definite must-do is a Wieliczka Salt Mine Tour - walking through the labyrinth of underground chambers carved in salt is a truly amazing experience.

Another great place to visit while you are in Krakow is Zakopane. It's only 1,5h drive but walking around the city and admiring the cultural heritage and absolutely awesome views are something that can be the highlight of your Krakow visit.

Where is Wawel Castle located?

Wawel Castle, built upon the Wawel hill, is located in the very heart of Krakow – just by the Vistula river.

How to get to the Wawel Castle?

If you are accommodated in the city centre, there is a solid chance that the castle is within walking distance from you – it takes an approximately 10-15 minute walk from the Main Market Square to get to the castle (via the absolutely gorgeous Grodzka and Kanonicza streets).

When using public transport, you can take a tram and get out at WAWEL stop which is just by the castle. Trams that go there are 6, 8, 10, 13 and 18 (though just to be sure, I highly advise you to check current timetable).


When was Wawel Castle built?

The oldest fragments found during archaeological research are dated to the XI century.

The buildings were being rebuilt and new ones were constantly being added so it is impossible to pin down one exact date.