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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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  • When we were in Prague we took a three and a half hour tour and the clock was part of the tour. We had walked by it and marveled at its beauty but the guide explained every detail of the inner & outer...  more »
  • Very nice and impressive. Clock tower show people around every hour. You feel yourself as a fairy tale.
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  • When the Astronomical clock moves the crowd get very busy with everybody trying to video or take photos but if you don't mind the wait get there early and find a good spot to stand and watch as it is ...  more »
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  • Great clock. Do your home work and have a wee read up on its history first. As with a lot of the beautiful things around Prague and any old cities the history brings it all alive. I thought it looked like something out of a fairy tail. It's also very close to the Charles Bridge and within walking distance of a few other delights. Check it out.
  • Aesthetically pleasing. Not so sure about the theatricals on the hour. It was a bit of an anti climax. However we got a first class seat in a restaurant looking out at it and ate a fabulous pizza while we waited for the clock to strike 1pm. So not wasted time by any means. It's definitely a must see.
  • The view from top is simply astonoshing. Not as many tourist as I have expected. Buy ticket online for 110czk instead of 130czk.
  • Prague is just such a fun awesome city. Super affordable and small, so its easy to get to all the sites. The Astronomical Clock was amazing. Its been on my bucket list to see, and the square it is located in is awesome. Filled with lots of street food vendors, that are absolutely delicious!
  • Part of the large hordes of crowd is caused by this very clock tower. The astronomical clock that is built into the Old Town Hall is widely renowned as an engineering marvel. It is a construct that drew visitors from far and wide, much like it does today. I did stand around, waited for the hour to strike and watched the “show”. I’m not sure if it’s just me but i’m really underwhelmed by it or fail to see why so many people would just brave the horde to witness it. Might be an amazing invention centuries ago but I do feel there are much better things to see in Prague.