A long, long time ago when Krakow was still but a village, a dreadful dragon moved into a cave underneath Wawel Castle . The ... More
A long, long time ago when Krakow was still but a village, a dreadful dragon moved into a cave underneath Wawel Castle . The monster was huge, nasty and always hungry. Many knights died trying to chase it away. Finally King Krak - the ruler of Krakow - announced that whoever killed the beast would marry his daughter and reign over half his kingdom. A shoemaker named Dratewka decided to rise to the challenge. He killed a large ram, stuffed it with sulfur and left it in front of the dragon's lair. The dragon came out and ate the ram which made it start to feel extremely thirsty. It began to drink water from the Vistula River which made it start to swell. It drank so much that it finally exploded. You can still visit the lair (complete with a dragon sculpture) to this day. It is located at the foot of Wawel Hill.
You can spend a week visiting Wawel Castle and still not see it all ... fabulous history. Then you end the tour in the dragon's cave and come out along the river to enjoy the pretzels from the nearby vendors. History is alive in this town! Every corner of the city has something special to see.