The Arcaded Courtyard will be closed at 8:00 pm today. "Oriental Art" closed until further information

Hours and Tickets

Outdoor tour, weather permitting
guided group tours, entries every half hour, max. 9 people in group
tickets:

regular 25 PLN, reduced 152 PLN

summer season

30 Jun. - 30 Sep.

Monday

9:30 am-4:00 pm

Tuesday-Sunday

9:30 am-5:00 pm

disinfection break

1:00 pm-1:30 pm

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Gardens, Courtyards, and the Church of Saint Gereon

With its towering fortified castle and cathedral, Wawel Hill was the seat of political and ecclesiastical power in Poland. Over the course of nearly ten centuries, buildings were erected, remodeled, and expanded numerous times. Today the complex on Wawel Hill is a historical monument.
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Gardens, Courtyards, and the Church of Saint Gereon

On the guided tour, visitors will learn about the splendid architecture and explore hidden gems, such as the sun-drenched Royal Gardens.
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Gardens, Courtyards, and the Church of Saint Gereon

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Gardens, Courtyards, and the Church of Saint Gereon

The tour begins in the exhibition “The Lost Wawel” and continues through the Bathory Courtyard, the archaeological and architectural reserve of the church of Saint Gereon and the church of Saint Mary of Egypt, the Arcaded Courtyard, the Tatar Passage, the northern slope of Wawel Hill, and the royal gardens.
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Gardens, Courtyards, and the Church of Saint Gereon

The archaeological and architectural reserve located beneath the west wing of the Renaissance castle encompasses the relics of the Romanesque church of Saint Gereon and the Gothic church of Saint Mary of Egypt, as well as an ensemble of Romanesque architectural details.
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Gardens, Courtyards, and the Church of Saint Gereon

The Royal Gardens were reconstructed based on years of study and research on Renaissance gardens. The plants used and arrangements of pathways and beds as well as architectural elements evoke the atmosphere of gardens of the period. The gardens encompass an upper and lower terrace and a small vineyard.
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Gardens, Courtyards, and the Church of Saint Gereon

Upper Terrace. The discovery of archaeological remains made it possible to reconstruct the arrangement of the brick pathways. Raised beds were installed based on the mentions of “boxes” in archival sources. The remaining sections were designed around simple ornamental parterres and a small “meadow” with a trellis.
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Gardens, Courtyards, and the Church of Saint Gereon

Lower Terrace. Southern part of the lower terrace was designed around the excavated foundations of a summerhouse. A symbolic gazebo is surrounded by boxwood-edged parterres that hold a variety of flowers and herbs. Central Section – the ornamental boxwood knot garden evokes forms developed in the Renaissance.
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Gardens, Courtyards, and the Church of Saint Gereon

Lower Terrace – Northern Section. This area holds a fruit orchard, which was regarded as an ornamental garden in the Renaissance.
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