Mounds of Cracow

Kościuszko and Piłsudski Mounds

The Kościuszko Mound, situated near Kraków is 333 meters above sea level on the Blessed Bronisława Hill. On 15th October 1820 the trunk of a tall tree was planted on top of the hill. Around this the people of Kraków placed earth inthe shape of a spiral and it became the Mound, the symbolic burial place of Tadeusz Kościuszko (1746-1817, General, Polish and American national hero, freedom fighter and the leader of the Polish Uprising which in later years was to be named after him). The construction of this Mound continued till 1823 and was paid for only by public subscription. The result is a 34,1 meter high mound, the national memorial monument, seen from almost every where in Kraków. Soil from Polish and North American battlefields where Kościuszko fought was placed here. This Mound was of great importance to Poles during the Austrian occupation of this territory (Poland was partitioned between Germany, Austria and Russia for 123 years). The Austrians tried to destroy it but were unsuccessful. They built fortifications around it which can be visited today. Another threat was the II WW, but the Mound survived. The biggest threat was Mother Nature during the floods of the 70ties and the terrible flood in 1997 which inundated large parts of Poland and especially the Wrocław area and further south destroyed a large part of the Mound. A new strengthened and illuminated Mound was given back to the public in 2002. Here you will find dramatic Polish history in special exhibitions (texts also in English), and of course enjoy one of the best views of the city from the top of the hill. It is really worth a visit - but note that the return trip with sightseeing may take 4-5 hours. So plan carefully.

The Marshall Piłsudski Mound, located on the neighboring hill called Sowiniec (383 m above sea level), is a 35 m high mound and is the tallest in Kraków. Before it was devoted to the memory of Józef Piłsudski, (1876-1935, Polish Marshal, who defeated the Russian Army - „Battle of the Miracle on the Vistula River” - is a national hero for many Poles), this was called the Mound of Freedom and Independence. Inside there is soil from Polish battlefields from the IWW. Construction of this mound started on 6 August 1934 and lasted almost 3 years. Take the path from the Kościuszko Mound and explore it.
How to get there?
From the city centre to Salwator (direction SALWATOR): trams 1, 2, 6; buses 109, 209, 229, 239, 249, 259, 269, 409. From Salwator take bus 100 (direction HOTEL POD KOPCEM - get off at last stop): the bus departs from Salwator 15 minutes after the hour (07.15-19.15). Attn - last departure from the Mound at 19.05.


Price from 09.00 till dusk

*Price after dusk till 23.00


7 zł

8 zł


5 zł

5 zł

Family ticket

12 zł

13 zł

Open from, 09.00 till dusk.
*From Friday till Sunday (1V-30IX) - till 16.00.
EXHIBITION: ’Insurrection and Kościuszko Traditions in Kraków’ - Bastion No V (going down the Mound) - entry included in entrance fee.
WAX MUSEUM: 09.00-till dusk. Adult ticket 8 zł, reduced 6 zł, family 12 zł.
Free sightseeing.
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