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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. A visit to Prague Astronomical Clock represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Prague vacation builder to plot your vacation.
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  • Each time you repeat the allegorical carousel of the astronomical clock. Additional concentric circles of imaginative symbolism explain first and original watch, unique in the world.
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  • We waited, along with a horde of other people to see the clock go off at 11am. We should not have waited 15minutes for it though. I videoed the thing and I am glad I did because as I was watching afte...  read more »
  • I like this clock. Fine work of craftsmen, with a beautiful combination of colors and lines. A small show each hour 
  • A beautiful piece of art and technology with a wonderful / gruesome legend behind it. Get here at sunrise to avoid the crowds, and watch your pockets - the distraction of the clock chiming is the perfect opportunity for thieves. The tower is well worth the climb to the top - the views are exquisite. Again, either go at sunrise or sunset to avoid the crowds and also get the best light.
  • Beautiful and historic. Don't hold your breath when you see the rotating figures on the hour. It's a bit overrated ☺️ My tip: get there around 15 minutes before the hour to get a good view. Watch for pickpockets as I can imagine there would be a few and many easy targets given the distraction.
  • Excellent touristy spot to visit but do make sure that you know this place is the typical tourist pit. Generic junk shops, tours on segways etc. The scene is stunning and there are leads nicely on to the Jewish quarter and also the really high class shopping area. I definitely recommend walking through the area and crossing the river in to the older Prague town.
  • Visited in May 2014. Beautiful blend of art and science clock tower. Was expecting more and longer "clock show" on the hour though, it finishes surprising fast. The place is packed with tourists at all times. Don't forget to visit the old town hall tower, more gems to be discovered.
  • This is where everything happens. Pub Crawl, Segway tours etc... Dont forget to ask for JUJU who can hook you up with anything.
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