Please note: The "Mary of Mercy and Other Artworks" Exhibition will be closed on January 15-19, 2020

Hours and Tickets

ADMISSION (PER PERSON): NORMAL 18,00 PLN, REDUCED 10,00 PLN

The ticket is valid to Sandomierska Tower.

summer season

21 Apr. - 30 Sep.

open daily (weather permitting)

11:00 am-4:30 pm

timed tours with guide in Polish or English, group size: max. 30

last entry 3:00 pm; visiting time - approx. 1.5 hours

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Wawel Architecture and Gardens

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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Wawel Architecture and Gardens

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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Wawel Architecture and Gardens

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Wawel Architecture and Gardens

The tour begins in the "Lost Wawel" exhibition and continues to the Exterior and Arcaded Courtyards, the Royal Gardens, the ramparts and along the north elevation, the Tatar Passage, and the Báthory Courtyard. Tour participants are welcome to visit the Sandomierska Tower.
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Wawel Architecture and Gardens

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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Wawel Architecture and Gardens

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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Lower Terrace – Southern Section. This 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.
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Wawel Architecture and Gardens

Lower Terrace – Central Section. The ornamental boxwood knot garden evokes forms developed in the Renaissance.
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Wawel Architecture and Gardens

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Wawel Architecture and Gardens

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