Kosciuszko's Mound (Kopiec Kosciuszki), Krakow

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Sitting atop a natural hill at 326 m (1,070 ft) above sea level, Kosciuszko's Mound (Kopiec Kosciuszki) stands as an architectural marvel that was erected in 1823 to commemorate Polish national leader Tadeusz Kościuszko. The man-made mound was modelled off the natural mounds in Krak and Wanda, and has both the Founding Act encapsulated in a glass and marble case at its base and buried urns filled with battlefield soil inside it. In the 1850s, Austrian fortifications were added to the site, but were later demolished following World War II. In 2003 the mound was restored with state-of-the-art technology to protect it from the elements; a museum next door preserves artifacts and mementos of Kosciuszko's life. Use our Krakow vacation builder to visit Kosciuszko's Mound (Kopiec Kosciuszki) on your trip to Krakow, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • This is a really pleasant way to spend a few hours on a sunny day. Take a tram from the old town to Salwator (about 10 mins) and take a gentle stroll up the hill, through the forest and past the old c...  more »
  • Spent time in the museum learning more about the important contributions Kosciuszko made to Poland, the US, and the world, very impressive. A nice steady walk uphill of about 5 min gets you to the top...  more »
  • We visited as part of a trip to Auschwitz and Berkenau with Krakow Shuttle. The circular walk up to the top of the mound is easy but if you have any fear if heights, be warned that there is no handrai...  more »
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  • Very nice view from the top, and nice and easy walk. I recommend going with family, or going by yourself to just collect your thoughts. It's a nice place to get away from the city, but not get to far from it.
  • Great place to start your trip to Krakow. Great views of the entire area.
  • One more obvious "must see" in the city. If you are lucky and air-pollution is low, you might enjoy interesting city panorama.
  • A very good viewing spot. A museum is here showing what kind of fortress here was. A very nice park is around here. Some information has no English translations but you will manage, lots of people are going to this place.
  • You need to pay entrance fee. Feels like a very touristic place, not authentic. Disappointing... From other places in the city you can get a similar view and even for free.

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