What can you visit for free at Wawel Castle?

Wawel is one of the most important historical places in Poland. In this article, we will discuss various ways to explore this fascinating Krakow attraction on a budget.

Check when you can take advantage of free entry and additional opportunities.

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On this day, admission is free, which opens the door to many fascinating places. Here are some examples of places you can visit:

  • Turkish tents: January–March, last entry 3:30 p.m.

  • Royal Armoury: January–June, last entry 3:10 p.m.

  • Lost Wawel: January–December, last entry 3:20 p.m.

  • Underground Wawel. Lapidarium: July–September, last entry 3:30 p.m.

  • Wawel Recovered: July–December, last entry 3:20 p.m.

  • Crown Treasury: October–December, last entry 3:00 p.m.

It is worth noting that on Mondays admission is free from 10:00 to 16:00. Even though it’s free. To enter, you must have a ticket, which you can get at the ticket office.

cloisters at the Wawel Castle

Free Entry to the Courtyard and Wawel Hill

An additional advantage during a visit to Wawel is the opportunity to visit the courtyard and the Wawel Hill free of charge. The courtyard, surrounded by historical buildings, is the heart of this remarkable complex, where visitors can freely stroll and admire the architecture. Moreover, no visit to Wawel would be complete without a fascinating encounter with the legendary Wawel Dragon.

The Wawel Dragon is a figure that for centuries occupies a special place in Polish
history. Legend has it that the dragon inhabited the caves below Wawel Hill,
terrorizing the surrounding villagers.

ticket office

Family Ticket is an excellent offer for families with children, including children up to 18 years life, along with caretakers.

Family ticket for one guardian with child is also available (the ticket includes

maximum 2 adults and 5 children).

The following exhibitions are available under this ticket:

to 15 II: Representative Royal Chambers, Armoury

from 16 II until further notice: Royal Chambers, Wawel Underground, Lapidarium

Family discounts, discounted tickets

The Family Ticket also opens up the possibility of taking advantage of discounts on
additional exhibitions.
Families can extend their visit by taking advantage of attractive discounts.

Entrance to Wawel Recovered

Family discounts apply to the purchase of tickets for single exhibitions – family discount applies to 1-2 guardians and a maximum of 5 children per 1 guardian;
minimum: 1 adult + 1 child:

1+1, 2+1 – discounted ticket for one guardian is available
– 2+2, 2+3 – a discounted ticket for both caregivers is available
– 2+4 – you are entitled to a discounted ticket for both caregivers (in addition – the
fourth child 7-18 years old are entitled to free entrance, based on a free ticket)

Discounted ticket provides children and schoolchildren, students (up to 26 years of
age), teachers, pensioners, and people with disabilities – both from Poland and abroad.
Holders of the Large Family Card. Discounted ticket also applies to organized groups.

Guided tours

To fully delve into the history of Wawel Castle, consider purchasing a tour with a
guide. An experienced guide will not only be able to lead you through the historic
sites, but also tell you in detail about their history, architecture and significance. Such
an option is perfect for those who wish to better understand the context and deeper
historical background. Buying tickets online will make it easier to plan your visit, but
also to avoid possible queues.

tower at the Wawel Castle

Wawel Castle offers attractive options for visitors with different needs and budgets.
Whether you go for free tour days, take advantage of discounts or opting for a guided
tour, this magical place is sure to provide an unforgettable experience and a deeper
understanding of Polish history.

Wawel Dragon

Secrets of the Wawel Cathedral

The Archcathedral Basilica of Saint Stanislaus and Saint Wenceslas, also known as the Wawel Cathedral in Krakow, is one of the most