It was obviously my intention to visit the Wawel Hill area on my trip to Krakow, but I didn't necessarily intend for it to be the first thing on my bucket list. But I just so happened to stumble upon it on my first walk around Krakow, before even being able to check into my hotel. It was fairly early in the morning, the weather was lovely, and there weren't so many people around either, which suited me fine, as I was quite tired after having been awake since 1AM.
The premises are absolutely stunning, and the views include a small garden, two artillery towers, the castle itself, the Wawel Cathedral, a general museum and a restaurant, to name a few. I didn't take the time to explore all of it, but I went into the cathedral, which has also been formed more like a museum, the Sandomierska tower and went for brunch at the little trattoria there, which will get its own review.
All the activities are either free or affordable, and I found it a lovely place to just walk around and admire the view as well.
The cathedral was absolutely mesmerizing. Built in the later half of the 14th century, it stands tall above the already beautiful city of Krakow. You can also go pay a small fee to go inside and visit the Royal Crypts, which were well worth the time and money for me. The whole cathedral is absolutely packed with Polish history. I didn't spend as much time at the Wawel Hills as I probably should, so I will definitely come back for a more thorough visit next time. Hopefully, a little more rested.