Wawel Castle is unquestionably the prime landmark of Cracow. Set upon a limestone hill, this magnificent castle was not only the residence of Polish monarchs, but also their necropolis, and the cradle of Polish history.
Wawel Royal Castle is a defensive and residential fortress strategically located on the banks of the meandering Vistula River, on Wawel Hill, which also houses Wawel Cathedral. Remodeled many times, today the Wawel Castle boasts a magnificent courtyard and meticulously restored interiors. Visitors can enjoy permanent exhibitions including: State Rooms, Crown Treasury and Armoury, Art of the Orient – Ottoman Turkish Tents, The Lost Wawel, and Wawel Recovered. One of the most notable exhibits is the famous coronation sword Szczerbiec from the 13th century.
Another popular attraction of Wawel Hill is the famous Dragon’s Den – an 82-meter-long cave, where the legendary dragon was said to live.