Grunwaldzki Mound

Like an insecure second cousin trying to compete with the superior toy collections of his rich relatives, when Cousin Kraków comes out to the country for family reunions Niepołomice can show off his own market square, his very own Wawel castle, claim his own chakra stone (or part of one anyway), and even his own earthwork mound. Building mounds to honour its greatest heroes is a Cracovian tradition that dates back to the city's very beginnings, and Niepołomice co-opted it in 1910 to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Battle of Grunwald - a cherished Polish military victory over the Teutonic Order which occurred hundreds of miles away in northern Poland. Completed in 1915, Niepołomice's mound has a base diameter of 30 metres, stands 14 metres above sea level, is adorned with a granite monument, and offers semi-decent views of the Wisła River and Niepołomice Forest. The area around the mound is a city park and features a playground - something only one of Kraków's mounds currently possesses. So there.


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