Hours and Tickets

Admission: 5,00 PLN

sale: at ticket offices or in the ticket machine at the entrance; tickets are sold until 15 mins. before closing time

summer season

21 Apr. - 31 Oct.

open daily
April, September, October

10 am - 5 pm

(October: weekends only, weather permitting)
May, June

10 am - 6 pm

July, August

10 am - 7 pm

Note on access: touring the tower requires climbing 137 steps. Children under age 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

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Sandomierska Tower

One of the Wawel Castle’s three artillery towers.  It was built in about 1460, during the reign of Casimir IV Jagiellon, to strengthen the defenses of the royal residence against attack from the most vulnerable, southern side.
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Sandomierska Tower

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Sandomierska Tower

In peacetime, towers such as this one were often used as prisons. Indeed, confinement in the higher stories was regarded as “honorable punishment” and was reserved for the nobility. Common criminals were held in dungeons.
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Sandomierska Tower

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Sandomierska Tower

The third floor may have served either as guards’ quarters or as a prison for persons of high social standing. Certain architectural elements, such as an ornamental entrance portal, glazed windows, and a large chimney shaft that would have been connected to a tile stove point to its onetime function as lodgings.
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Sandomierska Tower

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Sandomierska Tower

The top of the tower offers views of Cracow and the surrounding countryside.
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Sandomierska Tower

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