Silly Krakow – Wawel Dragon

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Legend has it that a dragon lived at the foot of Wawel Hill in Krakow, Poland. He was the type of guy who would emerge from his cave to eat sheep and virgins, as dragons often do.

Wawel Dragon in Krakow, Poland

One day a smart villager stuffed a dead sheep with sulphur and put it outside the cave. The dragon quickly ate up his offering, but then got terribly thirsty. So he drank from the river. And drank and drank until he exploded! And the whole town rejoiced and the man then became ruler of the kingdom or married the kings daughter (which I guess is pretty much the same thing) depending on which version of the story you read.

Wawel Dragon in Krakow, Poland

Although the dragon was killed off many moons ago you can still visit him outside Krakow’s Wawal Castle!

The Dragon of Wawel Hill aka Wawel Dragon aka Smok Wawelski is commemorated in a metal sculpt, created in the 1970s by Bronisław Chromy.

But this ain’t no ordinary dragon statue…it’s a fire-breathing dragon statue!

Wawel Dragon in Krakow, Poland

Every few minutes it breathes fire, leaving a chuckle on tourist children’s mouths and serving as a warning for any sheep or virgins who are passing by.

VAL BROMANN

Founder & Head Road Tripper

Val is the founder and head road tripper at Silly America. Having grown up near Berwyn's famed car kabob, The Spindle, and a restaurant with a cow on its roof, her fascination with roadside attractions started early. Today, Val has visited hundreds roadside attractions across the United States and is constantly on the lookout for the next BIG thing!