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Smocza Jama (Dragon's Cave)

Neighbourhood: Kleparz
As featured in Krakow Guide for Families
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Address: Gellert Hill, Krakow, Poland
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
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This is a legendary cave in the western slope of Wawel Hill. The oldest...

This is a legendary cave in the western slope of Wawel Hill. The oldest version of a legend about the dragon of Wawel, related to the mythic beginning of Krakow, comes from the turn of the 13th century.

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A brief bit of fun at the den of Smok the legendary dragon.

The Dragon's Den (Smoks Cave) at the Wawel Hill Royal Castle is nothing much to see and you can do it in about 5 minutes. Dating back to the 16th century these caves have a seedy... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
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Wellingborough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

SMOCZA JAMA ( DRAGON'S CAVE ) is a brillant way to round off any visit to the castle and Cathedral. It's only about £1 to visit and as you descend into the limestone cave you come across the fire breathing Dragon. This is a nice little end to a visit to this most gorgeous of areas of Krakow. Although on... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Dragon's Den (Smoks Cave) at the Wawel Hill Royal Castle is nothing much to see and you can do it in about 5 minutes. Dating back to the 16th century these caves have a seedy history, associated with criminals, used as a pub and brothel in the 18th century. You buy a ticket at the Royal Castle ticket office... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I so wanted to see this, but we could not. I only write the review to tell readers that according the the sign we saw - the cave is closed from Nov 01 to March 31. I didnt find this info online so was disappointed when we arrived on Nov 06. The dragon statue outside at the river level is... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

After descending a lot of stairs, you see a small cave then you get out to a statue of a dragon that spits fire.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016

I don't know why they did not tell us that this is a children - only attraction. It is not expensive but it is really boring. You enter at the bottom of some stairs and then walk for about two minutes through a cave (which is nothing special) and then arrive to Smok Wawelski. It can be fun for kids,... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

A cave at the foot of the Palace hill. Its just a cave but its fun to pass through on your way down from a visit to the palace and get into the spirit of the local dragan tradition! Tickets availlable from the visitor centre at the palace site.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016 via mobile

Missed this when we were in Krakow last year , located in a red brick tower on the ramparts facing the river within the castle itself and comes out on the path below. The big Dragon is pretty cool (spits out fire as well) but he/she is at the exit and you can see it on the path anyway! The... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

Frankly speaking, as a cave, Smocza Jama was an average one among those I had seen so far. But I liked the feeling of vertigo while I used the narrow and steep spiral stairs to go down. After I reached the bottom, an easy short walk led me to an exit right below the Wawel Hill where I met the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

You won't spend very long in the cave maybe 10/15 minutes but its worth it if you know the story behind the krakow beast. The oldest known telling of the story comes from the 13th century work of the Bishop of Krakow according to him the dragon required weekly offerings of cattle, if he did not get these, then the... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016

Having been through real caves, this may be appealing to very young children but not that impressive to others. It cost 3 zloty per person to enter and you walk down what seems like hundreds of stairs. After that there are a couple small areas in the cave and you are done.

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