Prague Astronomical Clock, Prague

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The square surrounding Prague Astronomical Clock is one of the most crowded spots in all of Prague, attracting tourists eager to synchronize their watches with one of the world's oldest timepieces. The town hall, founded here in the 1330s, houses the old town's main tourist office and has art exhibits on its first two floors. You can take a guided tour of the building to see its council chamber and assembly room, noted for containing exquisite mosaics from the 1930s. Be sure to climb the building's Gothic tower to see the inner workings of the famous astronomical clock, considered one of medieval Europe's major technical achievements. The clock's decorative figures put on a lively show on the hour, so time your visit if possible. You can plan Prague trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.
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  • This was such a beautiful landmark and such a beautiful place to look and admire .I am so glad I got to see this clock.i wasn't lucky enough to see it open but my boyfriend said it opens up ,so I'll.....  more »
  • One of the most beautiful sights of Prague. Crowds of tourists come to watch the chiming clock and the moving figures. Be careful! This is a favorite time for pickpockets, take care of your...  more »
  • Yes, the Old Town Hall is right in the middle of all the hustle and bustle and that may discourage you. But if you happen to visit Prague in the covid times, do pay it a visit. I was very lucky to...  more »
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  • This old and interesting building is well preserved and well presented. The actual movement of the chime is quaint but not that exciting to be honest despite the large crowds that form on the hour each time. A visit inside is definitely worth it though to experience the beautifully designed and constructed elevator and staircase to the top of the viewing tower. The 360° view is perfect for seeing the density and shape of the city, especially the extremely large number of spires!
  • Buy your ticket online for a quick discount and to skip the line. Highly recommend the included tour (separate registration at the desk required) through the Chapel, Chambers, and underground - lots of great historical context, densely packed. Our guide Peter spoke an impressive four languages. Note that your tickets each allow two entries to the tower, valid over a three-day period. So both the daytime and nighttime panoramic views!
  • This clock is absolutely amazing a true historical wonder. The place is always packed with tourist who are trying to get photos with the clock. The clock is in the heart of the city. The astronomical clock tower gives you some beautiful views of the city and is worth a visit. You can get a good deal for about £8-£9. The clock tower has a lift or option do walk up so if you have children in a buggy you don't have any issues going to the top of the tower. There is also medieval underground you can visit well worth a visit. There are lots of food places around the astronomical clock and food is pricey around this part of the city. So it is worth checking out prices before buying food. Overall 5/5 the astronomical clock is breath taking.
  • The clock was under renovations when we visited but the scaffolding was arranged such that the working parts of the clock could still be seen when the hour changed. Loads of tourists gathered around at all time for photos and especially so when the clock is in motion. I wasn't able to complete a tour while here but this is in the heart of the city and is where the Christmas markets take place during the advent season so my mother and I were able to walk around and explore and purchase hand-made goodies from locals as well as some local food items and treats. Everyone was friendly that we encountered but the crowds are high here during Christmas.
  • The Prague Astronomical Clock is awesome! It is hard to believe that it was built in 1410 and it still runs!!! It is really cool to see. Everytime it goes out the entire world stands still and is quite to hear everything go off, it is really interesting to hear and be a part of it. We visited Prague two years ago and it was undergoing a slight restore, so we were happy when it was fully restored this time. We also did the tour of inside the building and got to check out the inner workings of the clock as well as go to the top of the tower to get a gorgeous view of the entire city. one thing we liked about the tour is seeing the underground and learning why the city is might higher than it used to be when it was first founded (helped prevent flooding). Basically everything that was on floor level became a basement. It is amazing to see how people figure out how to found solutions back in the day. The tour guide was very friendly and helpful to tell us all the ins and outs of the clock, and the old city. The price is very nice as well for what you get.

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