There are quite a few symbols of Krakow but WAWEL DRAGON is one of the most recognizable.
In the dim and distant past, in a den at the foot of Wawel Hill, there lived a terrible dragon. Nobody could tell where did it come from and why it decided to settle there.
Everyone in the city trembled with fear but nobody knew what to do to get rid of that beast out of the city.
Our legendary ruler Krak came up with an idea that a knight who defeats the dragon will win his daughter’s hand and receives a royal crown.
Many brave knights made their way from different countries to reach Krakow to defeat the dragon but nobody was able to kill it.
Until one day when a young man, a shoemaker, came to the city and wanted to see the King.
He only asked the king for a lambskin, some sulphur and mustard seed and a place where he could stay for a night. The king agreed having nothing to lose.
The young man was working hard the whole night to fill the lambskin with sulphur, pitch and mustard seed to finally sew up the hole of the lambs belly and make it ready for the dragon.
At sunrise he laid the lamb in front of the dragon’s cave and quickly hid in the nearby bushes waiting to see what was going to happen.
As every morning the dragon woke up very hungry ,only when it left his cave he saw a dead lamb lying there.
It took him only a few seconds to jump to it and swallow it but only then his stomach started to burn. The Dragon turned to the Vistula river and started to drink water .The more it drank the more it felt thirsty and all of a sudden it exploded.
The young man’s plan appeared to be very successful and thanks to him Krakow’s citizens could live with no more fear.
PS. I hope you like the legend , just to mention there are 3 different versions of it 😉 Someday I will tell you the other two .