Cracow and it’s legends

One of the most recognizable symbols of Cracow is the monument of Cracow Dragon. You have to see it, when You tour Cracow with children, Legend says that dragon's lair was located the cave of Wawel hill on the Vistula river. According to Wincenty Kadłubek and his chronicles of Poland Cracow from XII century the monster was defeated by the Prince Krak.

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Many nights have tried to defeat the monster, who ate each day the cattle of Cracow citizens. Knights were ask to kill the monster, but no one could defeat the monster in open fight. In Cracow inhabitants lived in terror.  The dragon especially enjoyed eating young maidens, and could only be appeased if the townsfolk left a young girl in front of its cave once a month.

Tour Cracow and discover history of Wawel cave

Young  poor cobbler’s apprentice named Skuba  invented a ruse. He left a lamb filled with sulphure outside the dragons cave. The dragon ate it and soon became incredibly thirsty. He tried to drink Vistua Rivers water for the relief. He drank and drank but no water could quench his thirst and he exploded. Skuba married the King's daughter as promised, and they lived happily ever after.

But… there is another version of this legend, in which Krak is a dark character and he tries to take the throne from his righteous prince named Dragon. Dragon is a Celtic prince and is in love with Wanda- Kraks beautiful daughter. Krak want to give Wandas’s hand to the German prince. Wand cannot stand this and she threw herself to Vistula.

Dragon's Cave - one of Cracow tourist attractions

Now each group that tour Cracow has to see at least the monument of famous Dragon, which has seven heads and  it noisily breathes fire every few minutes thanks to natural gas nozzle installed in the sculpture's mouth.

Cracow is full of legends. If you are planning a trip to Cracow don’t forget about this place.

Dragons den is open only in summer.

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