Krakus Mound


Krakus Mound

Kraków, PL

The mound is shrouded in legends, the exact date of its creation is unknown. It can be assumed that the mound dates back to the 10th century (maybe even earlier). Some sources say that pagan rituals took place in the mound. According to one legend, the mound was built in honor of King Krak. It is one of the few mounds in Krakow. It was built to remind of a wise ruler loved by the people. 

Krakus Mound, Kraków, Poland / Photo by SylwiaCam

In the past, the pagan Rękawka festival was held on the mound – the name most likely derives from the Old Slavonic word associated with a burial – Czech rakev, Slovak rakva means coffin. After introducing Christianity to these areas, the holiday changed a bit. Nowadays, the festival has a more commercial form, there are also shows of reenacting groups and a fair. 

Panorama of the city, view on Wawel Castle / Photo by SylwiaCam

Krak Mound can be visited free of charge. The road leading to the mound is a bit steep, but two forms are available – stone stairs and a gravel “path”. Being in front of the mound, we can admire the panorama of Krakow. If, on the other hand, we have the strength and possibilities to reach the top, let’s do it. From the top we can see the full panorama of the city, most of the important tourist points are easily visible. You can also see the remains of the quarry from above.

View from the Krakus Mound / Photo by SylwiaCam

When visiting the Krak’s Mound, you can go for a walk to the Church of St. Joseph.

Written by Sylwia S.

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