Historical Museum of Poznań
Inside the town hall, this museum displays an interesting and well-presented exhibition on the town's history, and the building's...
Fish Sellers’ Houses
South of the town hall is this endearing row of small arcaded buildings. They were built in the 16th century on the site of fish stalls...
Wielkopolska Military Museum
Showcases arms from Poland’s many conflicts, dating from the 11th century to the present. Among its exhibits is a rare 16th-century...
Van Diesel Music Club
Happening venue on the main square, with DJs varying their offerings between pop, house, R&B, soul and dance. Given the variety,...
Gospoda Pod Koziołkami
Homely bistro within Gothic arches on the ground floor, and a grill in the cellar. The menu is crammed with tasty Polish standards,...
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Town Hall information
Poznań’s Renaissance town hall, topped with a 61m-high tower, instantly attracts attention. Its graceful form replaced a 13th-century Gothic structure, which burned down in the early 16th century. Every day at noon two metal goats appear through a pair of small doors above the clock and butt their horns together 12 times, in deference to an old legend. These days, the town hall is home to the city's Historical Museum .
The building was designed by Italian architect Giovanni Battista Quadro and built from 1550 to 1560; only the tower is a later addition, built in the 1780s after its predecessor collapsed. The crowned eagle on top of the spire, with an impressive wingspan of 2m, adds some Polish symbolism.
Concerning the legend of the goats: apparently two goats intended for a celebratory banquet escaped and ended up clashing horns above the about-to-be-unveiled clock, much to the amusement of the assembled dignitaries. The clockmaker was duly ordered to add the errant animals’ images to his piece.