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Every Polish person knows the legend of the Wawel dragon. Long before Krakow existed, there was a dragon that lived in a cave under the Wawel hill. It terrorised the population until King Krak promised his daughter’s hand in marriage to the man who killed the dragon. Shoemaker Skuba fed the monster a sheep filled with sulphur and now it is safe to visit the Dragon cave once again.
The story of ‘Smok Wawelski’ is the most famous Polish folk tale. The cave where the animal supposedly lived is now a major tourist destination. The Wawel, a fortified hill in the heart of Krakow, offers 2 more top attractions that have played a major role in Polish history: the royal castle that dates back to the days when Krakow, and not Warsaw, was the capital of Poland; and the adjacent cathedral that for centuries hosted coronations, weddings and funerals. Step back in time with a visit to the Wawel.