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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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  • Well worth a visit but was extremly busy.Under refurbishment at the time.An unique building. Many parties of visitors. here andmany guides telling the history of the clock,  more »
  • Astronomical clock located in the old town is a big attraction in Prague.Read the story on google before you go there. interesting.  more »
  • Fascinated me! Prague and its clock, is a work of art with an incalculable value. You have to see it, which explain you its operation and when created it. And when you see your iPhone... you valoraras it.
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  • It was amazing, we had been advised not to go there during the hour, since it would be crowded (which we did anyways) Once the bell starts ringing, there's a lot of excitement going on, as the top doors slide open and the apostles go round. Didn't quite understand why the skeleton rang the bell, but it was a great experience. Thumbs down for all the tour guides trying to get us to join them, very pushy, a "no thank you, we've already taken a tour" becomes an irritating interrogation "who with? What color was the umbrella?" Other than that, simply amazing.
  • Pretty sure the buildup and excitement for the clock to change was more exciting than the clock changing time. It was fun to watch everyone and their reactions, especially during the Christmas holiday season. Very nice ambiance.
  • It's amazing. However, you need to have some knowledge of its mechanism in advance to understand it better. From my point of view, it's the most attractive historic symbol of Prague.
  • We were lucky enough to see the clock chiming on the hour. The history behind it is interesting. The square has lots of entertainment. There are loads of side streets with shops, bars and restaurants.
  • We visited the Old Town Hall/Square and the Astronomical Clock on a Friday evening. The square is filled with vendors selling food (awesome!!) and Czech products. Hence, it was quite crowded. Getting to the clock was challenging since it was so crowded. Nice attraction to visit, have a look, take a photo and leave to get out of the crowd of tourists. 😉

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