Wawel Royal Castle in Krakow

Why you should visit Wawel Royal Castle, Krakow in spring

Wawel Royal Castle is a beautiful site to visit all year round, with wonderful views across the city of Krakow in Poland. It’s situated on the edge of the Old Town and over looks the Vistula River.

Wawel Royal Castle was once the home of Poland’s monarchs and now hosts an art museum and is surrounded by beautiful grounds. The castle can be visited at all times of the year but for any blogger I’d recommend spring.

The photogenic Wawel Royal Castle gardens

In spring the castle grounds have two beautiful magnolia trees. Whilst beautiful in the summer it’s in spring where they hold the blossom on the trees. It makes the garden much more colourful and there are endless photo opportunities which will give you that perfect Instagram photo.

Wawel Castle's magnolia trees
Wawel Castle’s magnolia trees.

Accompanying the blossom tree, flowers add to the colour, again blooming in the spring months. Some will last a few more months, while others have reached their peak. They’re great for any gardening enthusiasts and again provide great photo opportunities.

Flower bed at Wawel Castle
Flower bed at Wawel Castle.

The whole make-up of the grounds is a beautiful site for anyone visiting in the spring months. The warmer temperatures and less rain make it preferable to autumn.

Flowers in the gardens of Wawel Castle
Flowers in the gardens of Wawel Castle.

Wawel Royal Castle views

Along with the castle grounds, the views from the castle wall are fantastic. You can see beyond the river, with some fantastic views of southern Krakow. From here you also get the view of the castle’s dragon, which if you arrive at the right time, might be be breathing out ‘fire’.

Views over the Vistula River from Wawel Castle gardens
Views over the Vistula River from Wawel Castle gardens.

In winter visibility can be poor but throughout the spring and summer months when the sun is shining not only creates the perfect photo opportunity but is just a lovely place to see the polish architecture.

Views over the Vistula River from Wawel Castle gardens
Views over the Vistula River from Wawel Castle gardens.

There’s more to see

During the winter months the exhibitions are limited and access to a lot of tourism attractions at the castle are prohibited. The Dragon’s Den is open from spring to mid-Autumn which makes April the perfect month to visit.

During spring visitors can also climb to the top of the Sandomierska Tower, and take a guided outdoor tour to learn about Wawel’s architecture and gardens.

The fire breathing dragon can be seen from Wawel Castle grounds.
The fire breathing dragon can be seen from Wawel Castle grounds.

In April, the Easter preparations make the castle and cathedral a popular place to visit for both locals and tourists. But be aware that the grounds are closed on Easter Sunday and Monday.

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