Wawel Dragon Statue (Polish: Pomnik Smoka Wawelskiego) is a monument at the foot of the Wawel Hill in Kraków, Poland, in front of the Wawel Dragon's den, dedicated to the mythical Wawel Dragon. Installed in 1972, the statue is capable of breathing fire on demand.
The Wawel Dragon (Polish: Smok Wawelski) is a famous dragon in Polish mythology who lived in a cave at the foot of Wawel Hill on the banks of the Vistula River. One of the many popular stories about the dragon takes place in Kraków during the reign of King Krakus, the city's mythical founder. In the legend, the dragon terrifies local villagers by destroying their houses and eating up their young daughters. Desperate to solve the problem, King Krakus promises his daughter Wanda's hand to any brave man who can defeat the dragon. A cobbler named Skuba takes up the challenge and stuffs a lamb with sulphur for the dragon to eat. Skuba leaves the lamb near the dragon cave and the unwary beast devours the bait. Soon after, the dragon's thirst grows unbearable and he drinks so much water from the River Vistula that he explodes from the uncontainable volume. King Krakus then weds his daughter Wanda to the victorious Skuba. In the oldest, 12th-century version of this tale, written by Wincenty Kadłubek. the dragon was defeated by two sons of a King Krak, Krakus II and Lech II.
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Ondrej Majtan | Apr 8, 2018
Krakow's dragon is nice statue under the castle on the river walk. After sunset dragon threw real flames from his mouth. Unfortunelly we stay there 1.5 hour and we saw only one flame ball. So i cant tell you the timetablefor the "show". But its must see point in Krakow
VU | Feb 21, 2018
Statue of dragon, which actually exhales flames apx every 4min. You can create cool insta story there😀. Easy to get there via stairs from Wavel
Jory Pauwels | Apr 19, 2018
Enjoy the People chilling in the grass, lovely atmosphere, Swans and a stunning vieuw
James Haycock | Apr 30, 2018
Impressive statue - especially when it breathes fire!
Tania Terteriani | Feb 4, 2018
Dragon that exhales the fire every 15-20 minutes ;) worth waiting for :)
Carolyn Zyloney | Jun 1, 2018
Fire breathing dragon statue, part of the legend of Krakow. Worth seeing while at the castle. Children would enjoy this.
Nick Kendall | May 19, 2018
Great for the kids, would have gone at dusk if time had allowed as I'm sure his fire would have been more epic.
Petru Mihalachi | May 8, 2018
Nice statue, especially in the evening while it spits fire, you can catch nice pictures.
Monita Cheng | May 30, 2018
It's a bronze dragon sculpture. It will breathe fire every 5 minutes. The interval will be shortened if you sms your request for the dragon sculpture to breathe fire. There's nothing to rave about in terms of the dragon itself.There's a cave, which requires admission, behind the sculpture. There's nothing interesting inside this small (approximately 170 steps) cave.
Danielle Tomassini | Jul 14, 2018
Neat statue especially for kids. It breathes fire every five minutes and is fun to watch. While crowded, it's not too hard to get pictures of it without people. There are souvenir stands and places to buy obwarzanek (Polish bagel/pretzel) near by.
Karol Kwartnik | Jun 29, 2018
With these Dragon is very interesting legend, so it is worth to know ;P I prefer read that legend and see Wawel's Dragon ;)
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