Japan in Krakow – “Manggha”

Museum of Japanese Art and Technology Frequent workshops, events for kids Pleasant cafe with a terrace and view on the royal castle Unique, modern architecture   On the other side of the Wisła from Wawel, you may notice a low building with a wavy roof. It is one of a kind, both outside and on the inside. It is the Manggha Museum of Japanese Art and Technology. In 1994, the great Polish …

The Wanda Mound in Nowa Huta

The Wanda Mound is the second oldest mound in Krakow, and it is located on the site of what used to be a village on the outskirts of Krakow called Mogiła. The mound is named after the daughter of the legendary founder of Krakow – Krak (or Krakus). Wanda, according to legend, did not want to marry the German prince Rytygier and, in despair, killed herself by jumping into the Wisła …

The Piłsudski Mound

The youngest mound in Krakow is the Józef Piłsudski Mound. It is about 5 miles from the main Market Square, and about 3 miles from the neighbouring Kościuszki Mound. It is 36 metres high and the summit is the highest point in Kraków (383m above sea level), so the view from the top is impressive in its sweep and beauty. It was originally supposed to be called the Independence Mound. The …

The Barbican

The Barbican, also known as the saucepan, was the northernmost part of Kraków’s fortifications, built with the aim of defending the city from Turk and Tartar attacks, which reached as far as the region around Kraków (Małopolska, or Little Poland).  It is a gothic structure, built in 1499 in the shape of an incomplete circle, and originally surrounded by a 30-metre wide (!) moat. …

The Tadeusz Kościuszko Mound

The grandest mound in Kraków is the Tadeusz Kościuszko Mound – named after the great Polish general, a symbol of freedom who is known most of all for the 1794 uprising. That was when the Poles tried for the last time to prevent the division of their country between Russia, Prussia and Austria – sadly, unsuccessfully. It is situated on St. Bronislava’s hill, about 2 miles …