While we were staying in Krakow, Our friends Adriana and Thomas thought it would be a great idea to take us to Kosciuszko Mound. Kosciusko Mound is one of the many attractions in Krakow Poland. The views over Krakow from here are amazing. They also thought the Australian connection would be great as well for us. Kosciuszko Mound inspired Count Paul Strzelecki, an Australian/Polish explorer, to name the highest mountain in Australia Mount Kosciuszko. Strzelecki named the mountain because of its perceived resemblance to the Kosciuszko Mound in Kraków.
kopiec kościuszki is what the Polish call it.
By Rj1979 – Own work, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=2591687
Just out of Krakow the mound is located on Blessed Bronisława Hill, also known as Sikornik and it is situated in the western part of Kraków’s Zwierzyniec District. The drive up to the mound is beautiful. As you go through the city the buildings get less and less when you eventually end up in a beautiful wooded area with the mound looming right before you. We parked the car and took a small walk to the entry gate. There was a small information plaque that told us that the mound was started in 1820 and built by hand till it reached a height of 35.5 meters high. The mound was mainly used as a lookout throughout its life in times of conflict.
By Wizzard – Own work, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3013392
Mowing Polish style at Kosciuszko Mound
Although we gained entry through the front of the Blessed Bronislawa Chapel we were too late to have a look inside the chapel itself so we made our way through to start the climb! We were all really excited to get to the top to get the views that were promising to be fantastic when I spotted 2 men mowing the mound. This was amazing to watch…seriously. How many people would actually say they stopped to watch people mow the lawn? Well, I did for a good 10 minutes! It was completely mad how they did it and I was thinking to myself the entire time there is no way they would allow this in Australia!, only in Poland
The two men had a lawnmower attached to a rope. One man stood up on the higher level of the mound while the other one was on the lower. They used the rope as like pulley and between them the lower the mower, slowly! Then they would turn it around line it up and pull it up. Ingenious! I think they thought I was crazy standing there watching them and taking photo’s but I thought there is no way I am going home without some proof of this one!
Krakow hop on hop off bus.
The Krakow hop on hop off bus stops at the Kosciuszko mound for your convenience. See the sights of Krakow at your own pace from the top deck of adouble-deckerr, hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus. Choose a 24-hour or 48-hour ticket to acquaint yourself with the city, and marvel at monuments such as the Cloth Hall and Wawel Castle.
Book your hop on hop off bus tour HERE
When I finally left the mowers alone and made my way to the top I was not disappointed with the view! The walk up was steep and there were no rails on the side of the path! Again, that would just not happen in Australia! I think if there were rails it would take away something from the mound so we just warned the child that has to run everywhere this was probably time to slow down a little! At the top of the mound is a granite boulder that was brought in from the Tatra Mountains and engraved with the word “Kościuszce”.
As a family travel attraction, Kosciuszko Mound was fun for the kids
The girls thought it was huge! After walking to the top of the mound, viewing Krakow and its surrounds a visit to the permanent exhibition onsite is a must. You see the mound is surrounded by an old fortification a one-of-a-kind citadel. This fortification was designed strictly for defence. This is one of the oldest remaining parts of Krakow fortress. The fortress and this remaining section were erected in 1850-1856. The mound was once protected by 60 cannons and 732 soldiers. The exhibition located in the old fortifications is ongoing and titled “The Fortress and the City of Krakow – 1846-1918”.
The exhibition has great information on all things Polish…even a life-size statue of Pope John Paul II. It does mainly focus on Kosciuszko himself and what he achieved in life but it is great to wander around all the exhibits in there. We thought all the information on the Mound over its lifetime was great too. I also enjoyed reading about the issues that The Mound has had and what the committee has done to ensure that it is preserved. As we know many things that are getting on in age do need restoration works and upgrades to ensure that they do not erode.
Where do we stay in Krakow? We stay Here
We stayed at the Dragon Aparthostel just outside the Krakow old town. We have stayed at the Dragon twice on our trips to Krakow. The Dragon lies close to supermarkets and shops. The Krakow old town is a 10-minute walk away. The Dragon has cooking facilities and breakfast is available.
For more information and booking click HERE
If you are in Krakow a visit out to Kosciuszko mound by a tour, public transport, or car for the views and the history is a must! This was an interesting family travel destination for us and one of the many great things to do in Krakow The girls loved the visit and we learned some new interesting facts about Poland and the Australian connection to the mound
How to get to Krakow
- Krakow is the second largest city in Poland. Population 766,583
- Krakow airport is known as John Paul II International Airport Kraków–Balice. It is located 11.6km from the city centre
- Full-service carriers such as Finnair, LOT, British Airways fly into John Paul II International Airport Kraków–Balice.
- Budget airlines Ryanair, Easyjet, Germanwings and Vueling service Krakow Airport.
- You can check the prices of international flights to Krakow with CheapOair.
- Direct international trains from Berlina and Vienna service Krakow.
- Krakow international bus station is located 5.1km from the city centre. Direct buses for over 17 countries arrive here. book your bus today with GoEuro
- Krakow Airport is served by two regular bus lines: 208 and 252 and a one-night line: 902.
- You can book an airport transfer with Suntransfers who we have personally used on many occasions.
- You can reserve a rental car and have it waiting for you at John Paul II International Airport Kraków–Balice
Getting around Krakow
- There is no underground transport system in Krakow.
- An integrated bus and tram system runs in Krakow from 05:00 – 23:00
- Check timetables and network maps online for Krakow at mpk.krakow.pl
- Tickets are the integrated bus and tram system are timed. This allows you the freedom to change between tram or bus lines within the allocated time of your tickets life.
- You can get 20min 40min,1-hour, 24-hour, 48-hour, 72-hour, and unlimited weekend family pass tickets
- You must stamp your ticket immediately on boarding the tram or bus in the small machines on-board
Where to stay in Krakow
- Krakow has accommodation options for every budget from Hostels, to apartments and hotels rooms.
- Hostels in Krakow can start from as little as 6€ Euro a night for a shared dorm room.
- You can search Airbnb for Krakow offerings. If you have never used Airbnb before get yourself $50 credit by signing and booking a stay right HERE
- Hotels in Krakow generally start from around $73.00 a night for a double room 3star and increase incrementally as the luxury rating rises towards the 5-star average price of $156.00.
- You can compare and book your stay on Agoda, Hotels.com, Hotels Combined and Priceline
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