Kościuszko Mound

Kościuszko Mound information

Location
Kraków , Poland
Address
Al Waszyngtona
Telephone
+48 12 425 1116
More information
www.kopieckosciuszki.pl
Prices
adult/concession 6/4zł
Opening hours
9am-dusk
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A heroic figure who embodied the dreams of independent Poland in times of foreign occupation is the subject of this unusual and impressive memorial in the suburb called Zwierzyniec, just under 3km west of the Old Town. The mound, dedicated to Tadeusz Kościuszko, was erected between 1820 and 1823, soon after the great man’s death. The mound stands 34m high, and soil from the Polish and American battlefields where Kościuszko fought was placed here. The views over the city are spectacular.

The entrance is through a small neo-Gothic chapel, which holds an exhibition of memorabilia related to Kościuszko; there’s also a separate waxworks exhibition featuring Polish heroes across the ages. The large brick fortification at the mound’s foothill is a fortress built by the Austrians in the 1840s.

To reach the mound by public transport, take tram 1, 2 or 6 southwest to the end of the line at Salwator; then board bus 100, which will take you (every hour or so) directly to the entrance.