Lost Wawel (Undergrounds)

The Wawel Royal Castle Underground offers visitors the opportunity to explore the results of extensive archaeological excavations conducted beneath Wawel Castle. These excavations have revealed various layers of history, including remnants of medieval buildings, streets, and artifacts.

The Underground provides a unique perspective on the historical development of Wawel Hill, illustrating how the site evolved over different periods. It allows visitors to appreciate the layers of history that contribute to the rich cultural heritage of Krakow.

What to See
The Lost Wawel exhibition combines archaeological reserve with past castle appearance. Have a look at what Wawel Castle looked like in all its glory in the 16-17th century on reconstructions scale models of buildings. See the first rotunda church constructed on the hill in the late 10th century. Observe the evolution of the Wawel Castle and the cathedral. Explore the oldest artefacts found on Wawel hill dated over 2000 years. Watch a huge collection of Renaissance tiles. Walk through the “Lapidarium” full of stone sculptures and architectural details from the castle.
Openning Hours
July – August
9:30 am to 7 pm

From September:
9:30 am to 5 pm

Please note: Last entry is possible 1h before closure time
Days Open

Tuesday – Sunday*

* Open on Mondays 9:30 am – 1:00 pm.
Free admission ticket is available to collect at the ticket office.

  • Children bellow 6 years can buy free ticket.
  • Childs aged 7-12 can use discount tickets.
  • Students aged 13-25 with valid EU student card can use discount ticket.
Good to Know
  • It is not allowed to enter the exhibition with luggage. You will have to leave your luggage before the entrance in the nearby luggage storage. It is free of charge.
  • Pets are not allowed to enter. ​

The Lost Wawel exhibition is partially wheelchair accessible (Lapidarium and Tile Room).


Entrance ticket to Lost Wawel

Before you book:
The start time may be slightly changed up to 30 minutes on either side. You will be informed if there will be any changes necessary.

Ticket Redemption: 
Your tickets are valid on the date and time indicated on the ticket. Being late may result in the inability to enter the exhibition.

Ticket Type:

per person

Location of Lost Wawel

The entrance to the Royal Apartments is located on the courtyard. 

shop on the Wawel Hill
Entrance to State Rooms

Book guided tours that visit Lost Wawel


Explore the undergrounds of the Castle with a look at the remains of old Wawel infrastructure. Discover its history and listen to the fascinating stories.

Available at: 
Tue | Thu | Sat – 10:00 am
Sun – 1:00 pm

per person

Highlights of Wawel Castle​

Experience the grandeur of Wawel Castle with a 2-hour tour. Delve into the stories of the medieval Castle, explore the heart of Wawel with its magnificent interiors, and discover a fascinating collection of royal weapons and armor in the Royal Armoury. Take a peek into the private apartments of the royalty and relive the glory of the past. The tour is an exciting journey through the rich history and culture of Poland. 

Available at: 
Tue | Thu | Sat – 10:00 am
Sun – 1:00 pm

per person

Next Available

18.08 Thursday

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Royal Apartments

Wawel Castle Royal Apartments are located on the first floor of the palace. The exhibition consists king’s and queen’s private chambers, courtiers and guest rooms. During the visit you will admire 16th-century wooden ceilings, stonework windows, portals and fantastic painted friezes.


Crown Treasury

Use the unique chance to see the reminiscence of the polish kings and queens and their biggest treasures. Have a look at magnificent works of art, crown jewels, orbs, crowns, and insignia of royal power. See the rarest artefact from the private king’s treasury.