At 330m above sea level, Kościuszko Mound located on the Sikornik Hill, gives access to beautiful panoramic views of Krakow including Wawel Castle, Vistula River, and the Wieliczka Foothills. With great historical importance for the city, Kościuszko Mound is definitely a must-see on your trip to Krakow.
History of Kościuszko Mound
Kościuszko Mound is an artificial mound created by Cracovians to commemorate Polish national leader, Tadeusz Kościuszko. The design was inspired by Kraków’s prehistoric mounds of Krak and Wanda. People of all classes and ages voluntarily took part in erecting the monument over three years when it was finally completed in November 1823. The grounds were donated by the Norbertine Nuns and the Neo-Gothic Chapel of St. Bronisława was erected in 1856–61 within the walls of a military fort.
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What you can find at Kościuszko Mound
Soak up some history at the museum devoted to artifacts from Kościuszko’s life. The 19th-century fort is perfect for history buffs with a keen interest in military architecture, it also houses many temporary exhibitions. There are also 2 cafes and a restaurant for refreshments.
How to reach Kościuszko Mound
There are a few options to reach Kościuszko Mound from Krakow.
- For the fit folk amongst us, the walk will take you around 50 minutes from the Krakow Old Town.
- A taxi will take 15 minutes and will cost about 30zł.
- Hop on a 152 bus from
Uniwersytet Jagielloński to Przegon, it will take around 20 minutes to walk from there.
- Take trams 1 or 70 to Salwator and you can either walk from there or jump on a 100 bus to the mound.
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