At 326 meters above sea level, this artificial Hill offers the most beautiful panoramic view of Krakow and the Wisla River, the Beskids mountain chain, Wieliczka Foothill and when the weather conditions are good, even the Tatras Mountains. The foot of the mound proposes a visit at a museum and at the old parts of a fortress.
The mound was built in 1823 in commemoration of Tadeusz Kościuszko, a national hero in Poland, and it survived two world wars and the Communist regime. Today remains as a symbol of Polish freedom and independence.
At a very short distance from Rynek there is Błonia, a huge meadow with an area of 48 hectares. Used by locals to graze cattle until the half of 20th century, today Błonia is a refuge for the Cracovians, who come here to run, to bike, to skate, to walk and to lie on the grass to disconnect from the noise and the chaos of the city. Many of them come here with their dogs, and during summer it’s a perfect location to organize big events like concerts, or massive masses (i.e. by John Paul II).
Błonia it’s one of the attractions the Cracovians are most proud of: indeed, this is the biggest open air space in Europe from you can observe the most popular monuments as Wawel, St. Mary’s Cathedral and Kosciuszko Mound.
Krakus Mound is the first and the oldest man-made witness of Krakow’s city history. It was constructed according to the legend, in honour of death of King Krakus’ (the founder of the city) by the local people. According to the extensive archaeological studies the fact from the legend was never confirmed, but in the same time a different hypothesis was drafted: there is a possibility that the mound was constructed around 1st century BCE with astronomy in mind by Celts or Slavs.
Between June the 20th and 21st during the sunrise we can observe that location of Krak Mound and Wanda Mound are in the straight line. The sun will be showing up exactly over the Wanda Mound. Scientists doubt in coincidence. One is certain about Krak Mound – you can experience there one of the best panorama view over the city of Krakow.
Wanda Mound is the second prehistoric artificial hill in Krakow where Wanda-a daughter of King Krakus was buried. Together with Krakus Mound it is seen as one of the greatest archaeological puzzle in Poland. There are lots of theories stating that Mounds where constructed well before Christ era.
The phenomenon of this place is that Wanda Mound doesn’t give any spectacular views except from one - you can see precisely the Krakus Mound from centuries and in summer time you will see the sunset right behind the Krakus Mound. Getting to the Mound you can also visit post-industrial quarter that was constructed from scratches in the early 50.
The Vistula River & Boulevards
The Vistula Boulevards are the most famous recreational area for Cracovians and tourists. Every day you can see hundreds of people walking, running, skating and biking. During spring and autumn they’re always full of couples kissing and hugging and teenagers reading or playing guitar, and in the hot and long days of the Polish summer people lay in the grass and sunbath enjoying their time.
One of the most magical ways to explore and discover Cracow is by boat
Cruises allow admiring some of the most beautiful views of Cracow, specially starting from the Skałka Church and Wawel in the heart of Cracow to the Monastery Benedict in Tyniec, at 15 km of distance.
There are over 15 bridges over the Vistula in Cracow. Some of them, like Most Grunwaldzki or Most Debnicki, offer the best views of Wawel in Cracow, but no one can compare to the magic of the bridge Kladka Ojca Bernatka, where couples use to leave a padlock as a proof of their love.
The Boulevards also offer the possibility to relax after an intensive day of sightseeing Cracow’s treasures, by enjoying a traditional Polish meal on some of the boat restaurants situated on the left bank of the Vistula, watching the sunset over the silent waters of the river.