This is a man-made Mount ( with terraces for climbing to the top) which commemorates the life & achievements of Tadeusz Kosciuszko. I had read about it but never felt inclined to go there until I had started reading about Kosciuszko on the web pages.What a man!
On Sunday it was a sunny warm day & my husband said it was about time we went to see it.It is situated on the outskirts of Cracow. We went by taxi from the centre of Cracow which cost 27 zlotys. (A bus is available & much cheaper.)
The Mount is a nice gentle climb but it does not have any handrails for the faint hearted. It has amazing views over the city & you can see St Mary's Basilica spires & other landmarks.
The fans' chanting from the nearby stadium could be heard in contrast to the historical setting of the Mount in the Fortress!
There is also a small free museum which has historical information about Kosciuszko & how the Mount was erected which was quite interesting as an engineering feat. The visuals & artefacts about Kosciuszka were disappointing as they were mainly photocopies- not originals.
There is a cafe there & the walk down through woods is enchanting in fine weather.
Polish Smak is a very good eaterie/diner in the centre of Cracow on ulica Sw Tomasza (St Thomas' Street)
It is within 5 minutes walking distance of the Old Market Place/Stary Rynek.
The food is cooked daily from fresh produce. You can see the food & point to what you want or order it from a Polish & English menu.They also have a small cold salad/veg bar which is sel-service.
They have Pierogi (Dumplings or Ravioli) stuffed with cheese, Potatoes& onions/cabbage & mushrooms, fruit & the award winning With spinach.
They have chicken or pork in breadcrumbs, fish on Tuesdays & fridays, turkey, beef, four soups every day & a variety of vegetables. The soups are brilliant:bean soup, beetroot, potao & cauliflower, sour & sausage etc.You can also get a beer, juice or a bottle of wine.
Ravioli 7 zlotys (£1.10?) Chicken. + 2 veg & mash £2.00. You can ask for half portions of veg as well if you want a selection for yourself or to share.
Favorite Dish: Panga fish in breadcrumbs-fresh, favourite & fabulous. Be early as it is popular.
Pancakes with cream cheese folded & drizzled with vanilla cream. 6 zloty. £1.00
chicken breast with a bowl of red pickled cabbage & spinach.
My husband likes the Golabki-cabbage leaves wrapped around rice & minced meat & fried onion into little parcels & served with tomato sauce or mushroom as you wish.
Ravioli filled with plums or bilberries drizzled with cream & sprinkled with sugar.
The premises are clean & everything is immaculate. The owner eats on the oremises. The place is always full & open til late.
The staff are helpful at the counter. Local elderly come for a takeaway from here.
You can have a delicious tasty meal for about £2.00 depending on how much you eat & the rate of exchange.
Enjoy the meal but take your tray back!