Krakow

Sightseeing

Piłsudski Mound (Kopiec Piłsudkiego)

Man-made earthwork burial mounds were already an established Cracovian tradition by the 20th century (see Krakus Mound, Kościuszko Mound), and talk of building one in honour of Poland's inter-war hero and leader Józef Piłsudski was underway even before his death in 1935. By 1937 it was complete, and though the Nazis had it slated for demolition and the communists even got the tanks out to pull down the huge granite cross that once stood at its peak, Piłsudski Mound still stands today as an enduring and sacred symbol of Polish independence. About a 25 minute walk north from the Zoo on the red trail, this is the highest point in Las Wolski; the panoramic views from the top are excellent and on a clear day the Tatra Mountains are visible to the south.

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