Krakus Mound (Polish: Kopiec Krakusa), also called the Krak Mound, is a tumulus located in the Podgórze district of Kraków, Poland; thought to be the resting place of Kraków's mythical founder, the legendary King Krakus. It is located on Lasota Hill, approximately 3 kilometres (2 mi) south of Kraków's city centre, at an altitude of 271 metres (889 ft), with a base diameter of 60 metres (197 ft) and a height of 16 metres (52 ft). Together with nearby Wanda Mound, it is one of Kraków's two prehistoric mounds as well as the oldest man-made structure in Kraków. Nearby are also two other non-prehistoric, man-made mounds, Kościuszko Mound, constructed in 1823, and Piłsudski's Mound, completed in 1937. These four make up Kraków's four memorial mounds.
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 Kraków's city wall.
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Chrissie Hayman | Mar 2, 2018
It was a lovely little walk, just far to short. We spent so long walking to the mound, it was just really dissappointing that it was so short. However it was a great view and on a nice warm day its nice to spend some time up there just watching the world around. They shoud put up some seats or somethin because at the top is just hard gravel floor so we didnt stay up there too long
Dirk Lawrence | Dec 4, 2017
Definitely worth the walk up - providing fantastic views of Krakow from the top. It is within walkable distance from the city centre. The bar across from the mound is an enjoyable place to stop and have a beer whilst enjoying the view. I definitely recommend this if you are visiting Krakow for more than a couple of days.
Patrícia Janoková | Feb 23, 2018
Beautiful mound with great view. Also accessible during the night. Highly recommend!
Pearse Moore | Feb 8, 2018
Well worth a walk out to see the city, especially if you're getting in on a early flight. Leave the bags at the hotel and take a walk down to really get your bearings with an amazing view of the city.
Roshan de zoysa | Dec 30, 2017
calm and quite place ..good view of whole krakow city
Krystal Gonzalez | Apr 3, 2018
Great vantage point to see Krakow's Old Town and Wawel Castle, and a really interesting part of Krakow's prehistory.
David Sánchez | Mar 27, 2018
Place with great views of Krakow. I strongly recommend an excursion to it.
Matthys J Strydom | Apr 18, 2018
On a clear night you will have a great view of the city.
Oksana Salvarovska | Apr 18, 2018
Very good and beautiful place to see the city and spend some time along or with friends and family
Sharannath Mohanram | Jun 7, 2018
Amazing view of the city. Serene, relaxing spot for a break from the city vibes.
Psycho Mountain Crew | May 23, 2018
Very fantastic and relaxing place with amazing view on the Kraków city. You can reach that place very easily from the city center by tram, what takes about 10-15 minutes. You can also very easily walk from there to another relaxing place called Park Bednarskiego and then also to Podgórze, a historic part of Kraków, what should also take not more than 10-15 minutes walking.
Vasanth Mokkamayan | May 26, 2018
Amazing place in all seasons.. you get an amazing view of Krakow...sunset was shot by me..
Gemma Wyley | Jun 5, 2018
Well worth the hike! Spectacular view. A must do while in Krakow.
Artur Kozak | May 13, 2018
A nice destination for a walk, great view both at day and at night.
Łukasz Stachnik | Jul 16, 2018
From this mound you may see entire Krakow's centre very clearly. I strongly recommend to visit during stay in Krakow. This is a great break from sighseeing in city centre.
Adam H | Jul 18, 2018
Great viewpoint. Relatively easy to reach, but high enough to see many parts of the city - including Wawel castle and an old town. Also, there is good view on stone pit. Below the peak, there is a space to make a picnic or BBQ. Personally, I prefer this place - Kopiec Kraka than Kopiec Kościuszki.
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