Krakus Mound

Kraków, Poland

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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Serhii Vasylenko (2 years ago)
One of the highest hills in Krakow with an astonishing view of the city! A must visit place for the tourist, but at the same time, you can come here for a picnic with friends or family and spend a couple of hours above the city :)
Alex T (2 years ago)
Great place where you can spend time relaxing and enjoyable. There are few places to make barbecue. Also you can make great videos using drone. Be careful when you climb up, especially if you have children
The Katie Show Blog (2 years ago)
Great panoramic view of the city and a unique thing to see if you're visiting Krakow Worth the walk over there and the short uphill walk to the top I wrote a detailed guide on the top things to see and do in Krakow if you'd like more tips when planning your trip - link on my photos
Arek Rogozinski (2 years ago)
First place we visited after arriving in Kraków. Great view of the city, and a nice surprise of an abandoned quarry which looked surreal! Really enjoyed it. The path up to the top seemed a bit steep and not in very good condition, but that was a minor negative.
Karolina Nowak (3 years ago)
Lovely spot for a picnic. You can watch a sunset and have a BBQ with some friends. Beautiful view for a whole cracow.
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