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Wawel Royal Castle, Krakow

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Contact: +48 12 422 5155
Open Hours: 9:30a-4p Tu, F, 9:30a-3p W, Th, Sa, 10a-3p Su
Conveniently situated in the city center on the Wawel Hill, the royal home guarantees an invaluable lesson in Polish history. This was the seat of power from the 11th century until 1609 when the capital was transferred to Warsaw. Then occupied by Austrian troops, eventually in 1930 the museum was opened in an attempt to recapture some of its former glory. Visitors admire a large collection of Renaissance furniture, paintings and jewelery. There is an armory with treasury inside the castle as well as other exhibitions in the surrounding chapels.