Krakow is a city with an interesting history, cultural and artistic possessions, so it is definitely worth exploring its secrets and discovering new facts. The days are longer now, and the sunny weather is favourable for walking around the city. It is an ideal way to get to know the city up close and feel its atmosphere, which both for its residents and tourists raises positive emotions and provides lots of memories. Many guests choose Grand Ascot hotel because of its location in the city center, while being on a quiet street only a short walk from the hustle and bustle.
Where to start?
Grand Ascot Hotel in Krakow is an ideal starting point, where you can start the trip to admire a panorama of the city – both during the day and in the evenings, which are becoming warmer and encouraging to stay outside. To enjoy the city view, it is definitely worth going to the mounds, which are not lacking in Krakow. Of course, the most popular are: Krakus Mound, Kościuszko Mound, and Piłsudski Mound.
If you are lovers of walking around the city, as well as being surrounded by greenery, or admiring the panorama of Krakow from above, you will definitely be interested in a trip that will provide you with all of these features combined. To bring the history of the mounds a little closer and encourage your visit, we suggest reading our post with some facts about them.
Krakus Mound – the oldest mound in Krakow
The Krakus Mound is the oldest one in Krakow, and the largest prehistoric mound in Poland. Located 2.4km from Wawel, it has a height of 16 meters. Its great rank is evident by the fact that the windows of the Deputy’s Chamber in the Wawel Royal Castle actually face the mound, so when the ruling Polish kings were making important decisions, they could admire the view that reminded them of the multitude of merits of their predecessor. A breathtaking view of the Krakow panorama spreads from the mound, which is worth seeing during day or night when millions of colored lights shine creating an unforgettable view of the city – it is certainly worth seeing!
Kościuszko Mound – a beautiful panorama of Krakow
The Kościuszko Mound is another important symbol of Krakow, built in honor of the national hero – Tadeusz Kościuszko. The mound is over 34 meters high, where from its peak you can admire both the panorama of Krakow and the Krakow-Częstochowa Upland, and in good visibility even the Tatra Mountains that are 100km away.
The Kosciuszko Museum also functions at the mound.
So, this is the perfect place to learn about the history of Poles’ path to freedom, see exhibitions and the historic 19th-century fort. Before entering the mound you must buy a ticket, which, in addition to the possibility of climbing to the top, also gives access to all exhibitions in the fort.
Piłsudski Mound – the largest among Krakow’s mounds
Piłsudski Mound is the newest and the largest of the mounds in Krakow. It is located on the Sowiniec hill in Las Wolski and commemorates another national hero – Józef Piłsudski. Both the mound and its surroundings are a great place for recreation. Several walking routes marked out in Wolski Forest lead to it, and the most popular of them is the one next to the zoo in Krakow. The Piłsudski Mound has an amazing character – the slopes of Sowiniec are forested, so when climbing to the top, the panorama of the city gradually emerges over the green carpet of leaves and trees. It is definitely worth going there for unforgettable views!
As you can see, delving into the history of Krakow and its most interesting corners can be amazing entertainment for both out-of-city guests as well as tourists from abroad. After your full-day trips and upon returning to Grand Ascot Hotel, you can relax by our lobby bar, for example, where bartenders prepare delicious cocktails or aromatic coffees, or visit our Four Restaurant, where lovers of culinary sensations as well as dessert enthusiasts will surely find something for themselves.
We encourage you to stop at Grand Ascot Hotel in the center of Krakow, from where you can learn about the city’s history and discover places that will be remembered for a long time, within walking distance to plenty of sightseeing. It is worth experiencing such an adventure!