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“Love to watch them again and again...”

Koziolki Poznankie Ratusz
Ranked #12 of 155 things to do in Poznan
Certificate of Excellence
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Dundee, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
42 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Love to watch them again and again...”
Reviewed 25 February 2013

We live in Scotland now but part of our family comes from Poznan. Everytime we visit Poland we spend a few days (minimum :)) there and we always go to the Old Square to see the two funny goats. Our kids love them and we do, too! It's always a good excuse to go for a walk around the old town :)

Visited February 2013
2 Thank DominikaAgo
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Czestochowa, Poland
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69 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“Two Goats - a pinch of history and legend...”
Reviewed 10 January 2013

In 1536, a fire broke out in Poznan destroying the Town Hall. It was a huge disaster for the city. In 1550, the city council hired the Italian architect John Baptist di Quadro to reconstruct and expend the Town Hall. The work on this expansion lasted until 1560. The clockmaker Bartholomew Wolff of Gubin made a clock, which had a 'foolish device; a pair of figures striking the bell'. The clock was installed in 1551. It was a very important decision for the city, because at that time only the richest city could afford such an expense.

According to legend, when the clock was ready, the town councilors decided to offer a sumptuous feast on the occasion. For the main course was to be served two roasted deers. The kitchen helper was to rotate the roasts on a spit, while the Chef was outside looking at the arriving guests. The careless helper fall asleep burning the roasting venison.

Desperate Chef sent the kitchen helper to bring new deers to roast, but all the meat stalls were closed. After a fruitless search, the boy noticed two white goats grazing. Without thinking, he brought two goats to the Town Hall. Goats feeling that the end is near, escaped and went up the stairs to the Town Hall tower. There, in front of the crowd gathered outside, began to strike bell with horns. The view so amused the governor, the city councilors and all the guests, that the watchmaker was asked to replace two figures striking bell by two goats butting each other. To commemorate this event, once a day, at noon and you can see two goats butt 12 times.

Visited July 2012
5 Thank Mann M
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Jelenia Gora, Poland
Level 5 Contributor
77 reviews
40 attraction reviews
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“keeping up with tradition”
Reviewed 18 December 2012

as expected, those funny kids were acting up again, going head on ! lovely stuff, perfect for a turist in me..

Visited December 2012
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Warsaw, Poland
Level 6 Contributor
235 reviews
106 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 154 helpful votes
“Not lucky this time...”
Reviewed 15 December 2012

I wasn't lucky to see those two goats the day when I was in Poznan. It was really cold to wait until 12.00 and see them, however you can have really nice walk around the Old Town and Old Market Square.

Visited December 2012
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Manchester, UK
Level 6 Contributor
116 reviews
44 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
“Poznan Goats”
Reviewed 2 September 2012

The Old Market Square (Stary Rynek) in Poznan is beautiful and in the centre is the Old Town Hall (Ratusz) - at 12.00, midday, everyday 2 goats can be seen coming out of a small door above the clock, they butt heads with each chime and then go back in. They are a symbol of Poznan and must be seen if you are a tourist in Poznan... Do you know the legend of the goats and why they are the symbol of Poznan?? You should find out ;)

The reason why I only voted them as average is because some people might have been to Prague and seen the astronomical clock or Krakow with the lone trumpeter... they are well marketed, maybe slightly more impressive, but made more impressive by the fact that they are crowded due to to the marketing and the atmosphere is better. Poznan is slowly getting recognised as a valuable tourist destination... and it deserves the recognition.

Visited February 2012
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