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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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  • The Town Hall is worth a look inside, especially for the ceiling artwork, and you can climb the tower for a better view of the Square. The clock is an amazing feat of engineering, but is in the proces...  more »
  • I love Prague and this is part of the reason. We visited on Saturday night, and there were loads of people in a lively but safe environment. Highly recommended!  more »
  • When you are in Prague, it's a must thing to do. But, in my opinion, you go to a place with crowds of people to see something extraordinary, fireworks, walls moving let's say. However, the parade of t...  more »
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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.
  • 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. 😉
  • The clock is without doubt a masterpiece. Practical use and aesthetical value is combined together seamlessly in this single object. It is interesting to ponder over how medieval people mix up the Christian morals with the geocentric world view in this object. Just imaging in the medieval time when the clock is the only reliable connection to time for ordinary people, how people responded to the clock bells in awe when the skeleton symbolizing death struck the clock with its hand.
  • On the hour every hour the square slowly begins to fill until we are all touching shoulders with tourists from all over the world. The bell chimes and the figures that move are suddenly blasted by hundreds of hand held mobiles. Good sight at night.
  • Everybody knows it but then most of the people are disappointed. I personally think it's a clock who has to be appreciated not especially for the special effects every hour o'clock but for the amazing engineering mechanisms that are behind it. I really suggest to know the history and the meaning behind the clock to fully appreciated it, not just judge it for the show.