Krakus Mound is thought to be the resting place of Krakow's mythical founder, the legendary King Krakus. It has the base diameter of 60 metres and the height of 16 metres. Together with nearby Wanda Mound, it is one of Krakow's two prehistoric mounds, and the oldest man-made structure in Krakow. Nearby are also two other non-prehistoric, man-made mounds, Kościuszko Mound, constructed in 1823, and Piłsudski's Mound, completed in 1937.

The age and the original purpose of the mound remain a mystery, although religious and memorial purposes have been ascribed to the mounds. Excavations conducted in mid-1930s revealed that the mound consists of a solid wooden core covered with soil and turf. Some artifacts dating from between the 8th and 10th centuries were found inside, but no human remains or bones were discovered. According to another hypothesis the mound is of Celtic origin and dates from the 2nd-1st century BCE. Mythical origins are also connected to the mound. Krakus is said to have been constructed to honour the death of King Krakus when mourning townspeople filled their sleeves with sand and dirt and brought it to the site of the Krakus Mound to create a mountain that would rule over the rest of the landscape, as King Krakus had. Originally, four smaller mounds ringed the Krakus Mound, but they were demolished in the 19th century to create Krakow's city wall.

Similar to other ancient structures, such as Stonehenge, the Krakus Mound may have been constructed with astronomy in mind. If one stands on the Krakus Mound and looks towards Wanda Mound at sunrise on the morning of Beltane, the second-largest Celtic feast day, one will see the sun rise directly over Wanda Mound.

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Founded: 200-100 BC
Category: Cemeteries, mausoleums and burial places in Poland

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Steve Brookman (2 years ago)
Not much to see at this site. A large mound of earth is purported to be the burial site of King Krak, founder of Krakow. As a site of historic interest is worth a walk out of the city to see but I would combine with a visit to Plaszow concentration camp to make the most of the walk. Excellent views of the city from the top marred slightly by the busy dual carriageway roaring past.
Roman Owsieniuk (2 years ago)
Beautiful view on the Cracow. Great place to go for a walk.
Александр Крагжда (2 years ago)
There is best viewpoint in the city. Sunset is so beautiful on the top.
John Pasierbowicz (2 years ago)
I love the views from the top of the mound. If you go on a windy day you should bring a jacket if it's not hot. A nice little hike for someone who broke their ankle 3 months prior.
Nikita Shemyakin (2 years ago)
Great place to see Krakow from! It took us a while to get there in winter time and some effort resisting the cold winter wind but this worth it. In the summer time and at day it should be even greater, I suppose.
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