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Poznań Town Hall

Discover the museum housed inside this historic building and join the crowds to watch its famous noon-time display.

Poznań Town Hall is a lovely Renaissance building, one of the finest in Poland. The hall now houses the Historical Museum of Poznań, which examines the city’s history from the 10th century to the present. Don’t miss the building’s set of mechanical goats, which famously butt their horns together at noon each day.

Originally constructed in the early 14th century, the building was redesigned by Italian architect Giovanni Battista di Quadro in the 1500s. A series of disasters, including a fire, a hurricane and a bomb, have left very little of the original building standing today. The hall has been rebuilt to recreate its Renaissance-era appearance, when it was known as one of the most beautiful buildings north of the Alps. Notice the crowned eagle on top of the tall spire, a reference to the Polish coat of arms.

Stop here at noon, when two metal goats emerge from a set of small doors above the building’s clock. Goats have been butting heads at noon since 1551. The current pair dates from 1954. Listen to the legends related to the origin of these creatures, with the most popular story involving two goats escaping before being cooked for a celebratory banquet in honor of the new clock. The goats supposedly clashed horns in front of the guests and the clockmaker was ordered to add their image to the piece.

Visit the Historical Museum of Poznań, which is housed inside the hall’s early Gothic cellars. The exhibits range from a 16th-century table clock decorated with the city’s coat of arms to 20th-century photographs of the hall taken during Nazi occupation, when it was adorned with swastikas.

Raise your eyes to admire the building’s Great Entrance Hall, where an ornate vaulted ceiling rests on two enormous pillars. The hall is beautifully decorated with Renaissance artwork inspired by the Bible, mythology and astrology, including evocative depictions of lions, griffins and eagles.

Poznań Town Hall is open from Tuesday to Sunday, with opening hours varying by season. Get here by tram or bus. Arrange your visit for a Saturday to take advantage of free admission.


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Park Inn by Radisson Poznan ¥5,438
Park Inn by Radisson Poznan

Park Inn by Radisson Poznan

Szyperska 22, Poznan
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Poznan City Center, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Old Town Square and Royal Castle. Archcathedral Basilica of St. Peter and St. Paul and Stary Browar Shopping and Art Centre are also within 1 mi (2 km).

    PURO Poznań Stare Miasto ¥5,247
    PURO Poznań Stare Miasto

    PURO Poznań Stare Miasto

    Stawna 12, Poznan, Greater Poland
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Poznan City Center, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Pranger of Poznan, Musical Instrument Museum, and Old Town Square. Parish of St. Stanislaus Kostka and Poznan Palm House are also within 3 mi (5 km). Poznań Central Station is 28 minutes by foot.

      Don Prestige Residence ¥5,136
      Don Prestige Residence

      Don Prestige Residence

      Ul. Sw. Marcin 2, Poznan, Greater Poland
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Poznan City Center, this boutique hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Polish Dance Theater, Old Town Square, and Musical Instrument Museum. Parish of St. Stanislaus Kostka and Poznan Palm House are also within 2 mi (3 km). Poznań Central Station is 20 minutes by foot.

        IBB Andersia Hotel ¥6,322
        IBB Andersia Hotel

        IBB Andersia Hotel

        Plac Andersa 3, Poznan, Greater Poland
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Poznan City Center, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Poznan Financial Centre and Old Town Square. Musical Instrument Museum and Parish of St. Stanislaus Kostka are also within 1 mi (2 km). Poznań Central Station is 15 minutes by foot.

          Palazzo Rosso ¥5,642
          Palazzo Rosso

          Palazzo Rosso

          ul. Golebia 6, Poznan, Wielkopolskie
             
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Poznan City Center, this hotel is steps from Polish Dance Theater, Musical Instrument Museum, and Old Town Square. Parish of St. Stanislaus Kostka and Poznan Palm House are also within 2 mi (3 km). Poznań Central Station is 22 minutes by foot.

            Hampton by Hilton Poznan Old Town ¥6,313
            Hampton by Hilton Poznan Old Town

            Hampton by Hilton Poznan Old Town

            ul Swiety Marcin 6, Poznan
               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Poznan City Center, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Adam Mickiewicz University, Old Town Square, and Musical Instrument Museum. Parish of St. Stanislaus Kostka and Poznan Palm House are also within 2 mi (3 km). Poznań Central Station is 19 minutes by foot.

              Aparthouse Woźna 11 Old Town ¥2,996
              Aparthouse Woźna 11 Old Town

              Aparthouse Woźna 11 Old Town

              Poznan, Wozna 11, Poznan, wielkopolska
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Poznan City Center, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Royal Castle and Parish of St. Stanislaus Kostka. World Trade Center and Poznan Palm House are also within 3 mi (5 km). Poznań Central Station is 27 minutes by foot.

                Sheraton Poznan Hotel ¥6,607
                Sheraton Poznan Hotel

                Sheraton Poznan Hotel

                UI. Bukowska 3/9, Poznan, Greater Poland
                   
                  5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Jezyce, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Poznan International Fair Grounds and Imperial Castle. Adam Mickiewicz University and Royal Castle are also within 1 mi (2 km). Poznań Central Station is 8 minutes by foot.