Prague Astronomical Clock, Prague

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. Discover how to plan a Prague trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.
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  • Unfortunately for us the clock was under repair so unsure how amazing it would look if you could see the whole thing.. From what we did see it looked stunning. The town hall is nice and Prague itself ...  more »
  • Unfortunately the astronomical clock is closed until summer 2018 but we can visit the rooms of the Town Hall and the basement and especially mount at the top of the clock tower (easy either by a "path" that rises when turning, a glass elevator) and there , the view is magnificent on the square below and the splendid mansions that surround it. Nice view on the castle across the Vltava. It's hard to leave the place!
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  • The plaza is precious but is atiburrada of tourists, is a sea of tourists by all directions. By the time the astronomical clock is in works, unfortunately only seen a picture of what is... Recommendation number one: Beware of bags and pockets (pickpockets). Must visit this place.
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  • Beautiful! We spent some times in the beautiful Old Town Square of Prague during our two day visit there. Enjoying its famous astronomical clock and were amazed to see the details. it has its own story and seems like everyone is flocking here to see the clock. The square is always packed with people so it might be a bit difficult to get a good angle. But it's fun to be here
  • This medieval is located at old town square in Prague. It is mounted on the southern wall of Old Town Hall in the Old Town Square. The clock mechanism itself has three main components: the astronomical dial, representing the position of the Sun and Moon in the sky and displaying various astronomical details; "The Walk of the Apostles", a clockwork hourly show of figures of the Apostles and other moving sculptures—notably a figure of Death (represented by a skeleton) striking the time; and a calendar dial with medallions representing the months. According to local legend, the city will suffer if the clock is neglected and its good operation is placed in jeopardy; a ghost, mounted on the clock, was supposed to nod its head in confirmation. According to the legend, the only hope was represented by a boy born on New Year's night. Dint miss this place.Highly recommended for everyone who are visiting Prague.
  • Experience a medieval world wonder – the Old Town Astronomical Clock! Every hour, hundreds of tourists from all over the world with cameras at the ready gather in front of the Old Town Hall to enjoy a fascinating mechanical performance which in the Middle Ages was considered one of the wonders of the world. The Prague Astronomical Clock, which for 600 years has been one of the greatest treasures of the city, still amazes people with its procession of Apostles, moving statues and visualization of time like no other instrument in the world.
  • Beautiful place in the historic part of Prague, but always crowded even at night and morning. Guided groups are waiting for the famous "clock show" and hard to get a good place to take photos of Orloj. The show is not a big event, just two windows open and some figures walk behind while a sceleton rings the bell with a rope. The view and the atmosphere of the square is amazing. So my advice is that avoid the whole hours and have a look at Orloj when no show is coming.
  • A unique looking clock and one situated in the central square. The hourly chimes were also pleasant to listen to as well. One our days in town and young people's choir performed just below this clock. What a great experience.
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