Royal Private Apartments

Lonely Planet review

This tour leads through somewhat more intimate interiors than those of the State Rooms, thus giving an insight into how the monarchs and their families once lived. The dozen or so apartments are visited with a guide, which is included in the ticket price. English-language tours depart at least once an hour.

You’ll see plenty of magnificent old tapestries, mostly northern French and Flemish, hanging on the walls. The collection, largely assembled by Zygmunt II August (Sigismund II Augustus; 1548–72), once numbered 360 pieces, but only 138 survive. Even so, this is probably the largest collection of its kind in Europe, and one of Wawel’s most precious possessions. Other highlights include the so-called Hen’s Foot , Jadwiga’s gemlike chapel in the northeast tower, and the sumptuous Gdańsk-made furniture in the Alchemy Room and annexe. The collection includes a 400kg cupboard.