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“Billy Goats of Poznan”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Old Market Square

Old Market Square
Ranked #1 of 151 things to do in Poznan
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“Billy Goats of Poznan”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 15, 2014

When the town hall was rebuilt after the great fire, it was decided to install a clock. This was to be a celebratory occasion with a sumptuous feast to which several eminent persons were invited. The main dish was to be roast venison haunch and the preparation befell a young kitchen hand named Pietrek (Pete). A lot of exciting things were happening in the marketplace at that moment. So much so that the kitchen hand took his eye off the roast for a second to watch what was going on in the marketplace. Unfortunately, his absence dragged on... and on.... and... the roast fell into the fire and was burnt to cinders. The terrified lad ran to a nearby meadow where the city folk grazed their animals, made off with two billy goats and dragged them into the town hall kitchen. The goats, sensing their imminent demise, wrested themselves free of the boy and fled to the tower. There, they started head butting each other before the assembled crowd. The spectacle so amused the mayor, voivode and all the guests that Pietrek was pardoned and the clockmaker bidden to construct a special mechanism to set the horological goats in motion every day. Ever since then, once the bugle sounds at the stroke of noon, the assembled crowd has been treated to the two head-butting billy goats every day.

Anyway Polish kids, no pun intended, revel in this amusement. On the day I visited the Town Square there where hundred's of the mites waiting for the clock to strike midday.

The Town Square is very safe and family friendly,walk around and choose a spot to dine as they all charge basically the same. Its a pleasant way to spend a few hours. The churches are all nearby and worth a visit.

Visited June 2014
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Hamburg, Germany
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“Beautiful”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 14, 2014

Very nice colorful place, with a lot of restaurants and coffes to choose from and spend and afternoon there.. at night there are a lot of bars.

Visited July 2014
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“beautiful buildings.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 6, 2014

very pretty and well kept - clean. Must go to town hall and watch goats at 12'o clock each day (like cuckoo clock). Tourist info. centre in the square. lots restaurants all reasonable same as surrounding area.

Visited July 2014
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“Wonderful city, an unknown gem”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 1, 2014

The people are extremely friendly, the standards of cleanliness very high, beautiful old town all restaurants and cafés provide excellent food at very reasonable prices almost second to none.
It is easily accessed with cheap flights.

Visited June 2014
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Belgaum, Karnataka, India
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“Amazing place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 30, 2014

Old market place is a place where every visitor to poznan must visit...It accomodates all the good restaurants and pubs and also strip clubs....It is supposedly the most happening place in Poznan...

Visited June 2014
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