There are many reasons why, when scheduling your trip to Krakow, you should consider visiting Kościuszko Mound and the surrounding Fort Kościuszko from the 19th century.
A monument to Tadeusz Kościuszko and a symbol of Independence and struggle for Freedom
The Kościuszko Mound in Krakow is one of the “redoubts defending Polish national identity”. Built during the time of The Free City of Krakow, the last remnant of independent Poland at the time, it remains to this day a symbol of Polish hope for freedom and independence. Even after the Free City was occupied and dissolved the single morgen of land on which the symbolic Tomb of the Uprising's Commander-In-Chief lies has remained de facto extraterritorial.
Exceptional view of Krakow
The Mound rewards its visitors with one of the most beautiful vistas of Krakow, with some of the Old City's most recognizable buildings in view: The Wawel Castle, St. Mary's Church or the Cloth Hall, but also a view of the Krakow Upland, Sandomierz Basin, Wieliczka Foothills, the Beskids and when the air is clear even the Tatras.
Fort 2 "Kościuszko" a unique monument of military architecture
A visit to the Mound is an opportunity for fans of old fortification to see a one-of-a-kind citadel – a fort designed for solitary defence. Surrounding the Mound is Fort 2 „Kościuszko”, it is one of oldest remaining parts of the Krakow Fortress. It was erected in the years 1850-1856. It protected the Fortress' core from the West. In 1854 its complement comprised of 60 cannons and howitzers, 6 mortars and 732 soldiers. While touring the fort you will get acquainted with its history by visiting our ongoing exhibition “The Fortress and the City of Krakow – 1846-1918”.
Not only a lesson in history
The insides of the Fort host many permanent and temporary exhibitions. The visitors will acquaint themselves with the rich history of Tadeusz Kościuszko, uncover the secrets of Krakow Fortress, only to stand “face to face” with the most prominent personalities in the history of Poland, by visiting our wax figure collection. Some are interesting by their innovative nature, for example: “Live Constructions” - where the visitors can glimpse “sights unseen”, by exploring the inner workings of various constructions.
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