Wanda Mound

Kraków, Poland

Wanda Mound is a tumulus assumed to be the resting place of the legendary princess Wanda. According to one version of the story, she committed suicide by drowning in the Vistula river to avoid unwanted marriage. The mound is located close to the spot on the river bank where her body was found. Archaeological studies, conducted on site in 1913 and in mid-1960, did not provide any conclusive evidence of the mound's age and purpose.

The mound base, some 50 metres in diameter and its height is 14 metres. Unlike the other three mounds in Kraków, this one is not located on a natural hill.

The first written record of the mound comes from the 13th century. Within a mile of the mound-site in 1225 a monastery was built by the bishop of Kraków, Iwo Odrowąż, called the Mogiła Abbey, which is still active today. In 1860 it became a part of Austro-Hungarian fortifications, pulled down only in 1968-1970. In 1890 a monument designed by Jan Matejko was erected at the top.



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migotka muminkowa (14 months ago)
Nice view, good commute (car, tram, bike), minutes from the lake.
Hemaxi Prajapati (2 years ago)
Its really nice place for cycling ?
Artur Kaleta (3 years ago)
I had an opportunity to see all the Mounds in Krakow and I must admit this is the least appealing one. The location of the Kopiec makes it pretty hard to get there and this is the lowest of all 4 Mounds making the view not the best one. If I may rank these hills in Krakow I would put them in the following order: 1. Krakus 2. Kościuszki 3. Piłsudskiego 4. Wandy
M S (4 years ago)
Old, historical place (at least 700 years old) Mount. If you lucky with nice view on Nowa Huta. Area around is cool with few places to sit. Easy to reach on bike or by tram.
Jon Townsend (4 years ago)
Nice walk and views from the top. The area around is densely wooded with nice walks. All away from the hustle & bustle of the more tourist oriented areas of Kraków.
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