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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  • Worth a visit inside the town hall. You can see the back of the clock and all the figures close up. The view from the top of the tower is spectacular, we were blessed with good weather so the view... 
    Worth a visit inside the town hall. You can see the back of the clock and all the figures close up. The view from the top of the tower is spectacular, we were blessed with good weather so the view...  more »
  • Beautiful stunning architectural buildings with such fine detail. Great tourist attraction with plenty of stores - street food and restaurants. A must visit when in Prague 
    Beautiful stunning architectural buildings with such fine detail. Great tourist attraction with plenty of stores - street food and restaurants. A must visit when in Prague  more »
  • It's certainly a lovely old tower and the engineering of the clock is remarkable. But the very brief hourly pageant of the apostles in the tower was very disappointing compared to similar clocks... 
    It's certainly a lovely old tower and the engineering of the clock is remarkable. But the very brief hourly pageant of the apostles in the tower was very disappointing compared to similar clocks...  more »
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  • A place with so much history and mystery... obligatory stop in this city
  • The guide was an amazing storyteller! Thank you for a cool experience. I am amazed at how tasteful the interiors were decorated. I think they won a design award for the tower, with the iron stairs and the elevator. Everything was geared towards classy experience design But the main thing was the amazing guide. Great storytelling skills and loads of patience towards everyone's questions.
  • This review is only for the workers here, as I couldn't go up to the tower. People so, so rude. There was a system error so you could only buy with cash. They clearly told me there was no problem at all with cash. So I go to withdraw cash to the bank (not a single one close) and when I came back, another worker told me that that was false, I can't buy with cash now. What happened between those exact 20 minutes? Who knows. Maybe they didn't feel like working at all and wanted to go home early (this was 17:30 by the way). Not a single sorry for lying to your face. Nothing. Just a "fork you", we don't care. Update: up to 3 stars, because the views deserve better rating, the rest still applies. It's perfect at sunset, so you can view the area by day and night if you wait. The rooftops at sunset are great to look at. But you get pretty much the same (plus the bridge itself) views facing the Castle from Charles Bridge and surroundings. You don't gain anything extra from the height though.
  • It is a must see attraction of Prague. Situated at an iconic square and surrounded by the maze of Old Town cobbled streets this astronomical clock is a lure for all tourists. Beautiful both in daylight as well as at night, the clock rings a tune and has moving figures showing in little windows above the clock face. Join a crowd of tourists at full hour to experience that marvel of historical ingenuity.
  • I was lucky to return to Prague after the restoration of the astronomic clock. It's 600 years old and one of the oldest functional astronomical clocks in the world. As like other like that, it shows the relative positions of the Sun, Moon and Zodiac constellations. Although it's fast, the "show" is astonishing: Just above the main clock are two blue doors that open to reveal the "The Walk of the Apostles". Between 9 am and 9 pm, each hour, on the hour, the statues become partially animated with, for example, Death ringing his bell. And, as expected, it's always crowded around the place so it's hard to get a nice view.

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