Most cities have their gathering places, spots where people are likely to meet and hang out. Europe is replete with these locations and many of them are actually in the Main Squares of the Old Town. It’s fun to just sit and watch the passers-by, either at a sidewalk cafe or on the edge of fountain.
You can try to identify the languages being spoken (this can be very difficult in Europe where there are so many different languages) or try to imagine what the people are talking about or saying. The interactions are often comical and certainly entertaining.
Here are some of the Old Town Squares where this type of behavior reaches its pinnacle:
In Rynek Glowny, the Old Town Square of Krakow, Poland, the mood is definitely positive and fun-loving.
Prague’s Main Square is likewise exuberant.
Check out the crowded Grand Place of Brussels.
Munich’s Marienplatz is equally filled with people.
London’s Trafalgar Square is also a major gathering place.
Bruges’ Main Square is also a very busy place.
In Quebec City, one of the busiest squares is found in Lower Town.
Check out this adorable square in Zhouzhuang, China.
Look at another adorable square in San Gimignano, Italy.
St Mark’s Square in Venice was called, by Napoleon, the “drawing room of Europe.”
In Bratislava, Slovakia, Old Town Square is quaint and reasonably quiet.
Spain has several grand squares which are the focal point for locals and visitors alike.
The largest public square in the world is Tiananmen Square, in Beijing, China — it is always crowded with people during the day..