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Sunset and Sunrise at Mounds in Krakow

Meeting the sunsets and sunrises at one of the four mounds of Krakow is a favorite activity for the youth of the city

Best time: March–October

Sunset and Sunrise at Mounds
Sunset and Sunrise at Mounds
Sunset and Sunrise at Mounds
Sunset and Sunrise at Mounds

Historically there are four mounds around Krakow. Each of them has its own story. The most popular one is the Kosciuszko Mound (or Kopiec).

It is well-kept, as there is a museum inside, which is popular among tourists. The Wanda Mound is a little far from city center, as it is located in Nowa Huta. However, you may enjoy the unusual city views, different from those of the Old Town.

So visiting the Pilsudski Mound or the Krakus Mound you can catch the marvelous sunsets and breathtaking sunrises, and enjoy the immense panoramic views of the entire city. Young people usually bring their drinks, food for picnics and wraps, as it might be a little windy in spring.

Practical info

When is the best time to visit Krakow to see the sunset and sunrise at Mounds?

To witness the beautiful sunrise and sunset at Mounds, visitors should plan a trip to Krakow between March and October. During these months, the days are long, the weather is warm, and the sky is usually clear, which allows tourists to have some of the best views of Krakow. However, visitors should dress appropriately since it can be windy and cold. Moreover, they should check the weather forecast beforehand since bad weather can significantly affect the view. Show more

Where are the four mounds located around Krakow?

Tourists interested in exploring the four mounds around Krakow should visit the Kosciuszko Mound (Kopiec Kosciuszki), the Pilsudski Mound (Kopiec Jozefa Pilsudskiego), the Krakus Mound (Kopiec Krakusa), and the Wanda Mound (Kopiec Wandy). The first two are situated in the city center while the latter are located on the outskirts of the city. Each of them boasts a panoramic view of Krakow's landscape and altitude. Show more

What is the history of each of the four mounds of Krakow?

The Krakow mounds have different historical significance. Tadeusz Kosciuszko, a Polish general, is honored with the Kosciuszko Mound, which was built in 1820. The Pilsudski Mound was built in 1937, in memory of Jozef Pilsudski, who led the Polish state. The Krakus Mound, according to a legend, is the tomb of the mythical founder of Krakow, King Krakus. Finally, the Wanda Mound was named after Princess Wanda, and is speculated by archaeologists to be much older than the other mounds and to have been constructed as a burial site. Show more

What is unique about the city views from the Wanda Mound in Nowa Huta?

The Wanda Mound located in Nowa Huta offers a unique perspective of the Krakow landscape and countryside. From its top, visitors have a distinct panoramic view of the Nowa Huta industrial district, the Tatra Mountains, and the suburbs. The mound is not only fascinating as a viewpoint, but it also has a compelling history, and some Slavic and medieval artifacts have been found by archaeologists in and around it. Additionally, visitors can see the UNESCO-listed salt mines of Wieliczka and Bochnia from this mound. Show more

Can you bring food and drinks to enjoy during a sunset or sunrise in a mound in Krakow?

Visitors can bring their own food, drinks, and blankets to enjoy while watching the sunrise or sunset at a Krakow mound. However, it is crucial to keep the environment clean and free of waste. Most mounds offer parking facilities, although visitors can also use public transportation or a taxi. Moreover, visitors should dress appropriately for the weather, bearing in mind that it can be quite chilly and windy at the top of the mound. Show more

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