Old Town Hall with Astronomical Clock

Old Town Hall with Astronomical Clock

Old Town Hall with Astronomical Clock
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About
The Old Town Hall is one of the most significant monuments in the Czech Republic. It was established in 1338 as the administrative seat for Prague's Old Town. Now, it is mainly used for the ceremonial purposes of the capital city, Prague. The historical town hall consists of a set of five medieval houses, the corner of which is adorned with a historical astronomical clock, a gothic oriel window and a massive rectangular tower. The lookout gallery on the town hall tower offers the most beautiful view of Prague. A tour of the historical halls in the Old Town Hall is a unique experience. The expensively decorated rooms date from various periods and are examples of the remarkable development of the town hall complex. The guided tours in various languages are organised in hourly intervals.
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The area
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Neighbourhood: Stare Mesto (Old Town)
One of the oldest neighbourhoods in town represents the medieval heart of Prague. It’s no surprise it is bustling with tourists every time of day. Križovnický square, overlooking Charles Bridge with Prague Castle in the background, is probably the most beautiful square in the city. Its unique historical atmosphere of gothic houses and churches, cobblestone streets and squares, and stone towers blend together with the modern era. A vast array of bars, restaurants, dance clubs, international brand shops, galleries and hotels bring life to the old city. With its charming and picturesque cobblestone streets, the nightlife and parties will surely be unforgettable.
How to get there
  • Old Town • 5 min walk
  • bridge • 6 min walk
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  • CycleDude86
    Winston Salem, North Carolina70 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Must
    Another location that’s a must if you visit. It’s impossible to miss almost. When the clock strikes the crowds gather but worthwhile. The walk to the top is ramps, not stairs, with an add’l charge if you want to take the elevator. It’s well worth it for outstanding 360 views. Despite the crowds, most skip the climb and it wasn’t that busy or crowded up top.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 May 2023
  • Christy J
    Clarksville, Tennessee28 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun to See!
    The clock tower has a little 'show' each hour. It's very neat to watch, but it lasts less than a minute so set your expectations accordingly. Since there's so much to do & see in Old Town Square, it's easy to catch one of the clock shows. You do have to pay to go up into the Old Town Hall.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 21 May 2023
  • Jotum
    Knoxville, Tennessee1,550 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Historical clock
    In the heart of the city this historical clock shows the time and seasons. On the hour a couple small doors open and the twelve apostles are shown passing by. This attracts quit a crowd on the hour
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 30 May 2023
  • Ron Hill
    82 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing clock in an amazing square
    Visited this as part of the tour we were on. Amazing clock in the huge square with interesting historical buildings all around. Couldn't imagine how busy it would be in peak July/August as it was really busy when we visited in April which is supposed to be fairly quiet! A must see though whenever you visit.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 10 June 2023
  • Peter C
    Island of Malta, Malta2,545 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Magnificent square steeped in history
    A visit to the Old Town Square is a must when in Prague. It is the oldest and one of the most beautiful and historically significant squares of the city. Here you will find the Old Town Hall and famous Astonomical Clock, the Baroque Cathedral of St Nicholas, the Central Gallery with the Gothic Church of Our Lady before Tyn in the background, the National Gallery-Kinsky Palace, and a Monument dedicated to martyr Jan Hus in the middle. All deserve a visit. As you walk around you will also discover much more. Enjoy!
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 13 June 2023
  • iloveaaa
    Singapore, Singapore27 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Go to the top for the view!
    There is some climb up to the top of the Tower. But worth the view. Need to pay for a ticket. The ticket includes a tour of the underground. Do try to make it (check the timing and register your interest at the ticketing counter). I find it an eye opener to see the underground of Prague.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 20 June 2023
  • viscountesslily
    California358 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must see
    This is a must see while in Prague witness the crowds gathering in front or around the astronomical clock. Walk around old town, and explore shops, cafés, and the streets of old town. At the top of every hour the clock chimes, so make sure to get a good spot to witness this event.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 20 June 2023
  • alan s
    Nairn, United Kingdom114 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not to be missed
    Amazing! Very busy and can’t really get photo of whole thing. The clock is fascinating. We were lucky to arrive on hour so saw apostles going round, impressive workmanship. Certainly experience not to be missed.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 24 June 2023
  • Pieter
    Cape Town, South Africa952 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wow wow wow
    To think this clock was build in 1410 and is the oldest clock in operation, it really amazes me. What a masterpiece of ingeneering. It shows the location of the Sun and Moon and the lunar phases. Be sure the visit the clock on the hour to experience the clocks and see the apostels come out.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 26 June 2023
  • Chelle L
    Leamington Spa, United Kingdom3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Guided tour was excellent
    The guided tour was excellent. The guide spoke really good English and was very knowledgeable. The tour went down below the buildings which was a great experience. The whole tour was fascinating and the guide gave us a great overview of some of Prague's history. We also climbed the tower for a great view. Well worth the money.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 28 June 2023
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Ed cartvale
Prestwick, UK798 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Worth a visit to watch the skeleton draw on time. If you want a good vantage point there is a hotel directly opposite with a cafe on the first floor, watch it in comfort, not overpriced, avoid the masses
Written 18 April 2024
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Denise
Stockton-on-Tees, UK386 contributions
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Apr 2024 • Couples
Watching it is so much better than filming it on your camera/ phone . The details and the awe you are left with for the ingenuity of it all is amazing . If you want video others on YouTube have filmed it better.
Written 14 April 2024
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Amina Pe
Istanbul, Türkiye14 contributions
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Apr 2024 • Couples
I am in love with this city. Always full of tourist but really worth it. I was fascinated how beautiful it is. Toatlly recommend going there.
Written 12 April 2024
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Bertie1224
Northamptonshire, UK572 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
The chiming of the hour does lead to some elements of animation but I have to say I was a tad underwhelmed. You can see the apostles movement from the inside when you climb the tower. Easy to buy tickets in the building for 300cz. The building is quite large. The steps up to the tower are easy to climb. Slope at the end with a final spiral staircase. Just wait for the green light! The views are quite splendid. You walk the full 360o of the tower so see the whole of Prague. It is worth the visit for the views and to appreciate the intricacies of the building and history of the state rooms themselves.
Written 9 April 2024
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Tiberiu_Baranyi
Timisoara, Romania13,026 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
First mentioned in 1410 - so more than 600 years ago - the astronomical clock in the old townhall of Prague - or as it called locally the "Orloj" - is the oldest working clock of its kind word wide.
It is installed just above the level of the entrance to the town hall - in the tower above the square you can see the - standard clock that is telling you the exact hour.
One of the dials - with the phases of the sun and moon - the other one with the 365 days of the year and the same number of saint with the Archangel Michael beside it pointing to the top of the dial.
When visiting be prepared - there will a huge number of tourists - regardless the weather especially at noon when the animated figures perform their complex set of movements.
I will not tell you all the details - I will just recommend , be there before noon - watch the "Skeleton" representing Death, marking the passing of time - and then watch carefully for the "Walk of the Apostles" - and after the show you can pay the fee and get to the top of the tower for a view of the city from above.
When in Prague - along with the Charles Bridge - is one of those must do activities that you can't miss ...
Written 5 April 2024
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Peter L
37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Yes watching the hourly display from the market place is worth doing (and free), but paying to climb the tower (and also seeing around the internal of the town hall) is a must. If you time it around the hour mark you might, like us, avoid to queue and get a bonus on your visit 😉! Like most things we did in Prague it cost around 600csk per person.

The climb starts with a grand carpeted staircase, then the carpet goes before becoming a pathway around the internal wall of the tower (path is fairly wide and there is a fence and rail), culminating in about 4-5 metres of open metal spiral staircase (if you pay for the lift you still will need to walk this part). The effort (minimal if you are ok with heights and stairs) is well worth it as the 360 views across the old town are truly spectacular!
Written 5 April 2024
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worldcitizen
110 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
The last organized tour entry is at 3.00 pm so we decided to go later alone. It turned out that at the entry they also offer tours with local guides. So we got in at 6,00 pm and went up on the tower, a lift is available for extra couple of dollars: nice view of the city. At 7.00 pm the guided tour started explaining the history, walking through the different houses of the town hall adjacent to the clock tower, the interior of the clock tower and ending with a visit of the medieval underground, that I thought better and more authentic than ad hoc tours offered in town. A must do visit highly recommended
Written 4 April 2024
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Travel with Sean
Madison, WI265 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
The Old Town Hall began as the home of a wealthy family, and in 1338, the Town Council bought it. The tower was completed about 30 years later. When they needed more space, they bought and merged neighboring houses with the Town Hall. The Astronomical Clock, attached to Old Town Hall tower, was built and installed in 1410, making it the 3rd oldest in the world and the oldest one still in operation. The calendar dial has medallions that represent the months of the year. The astronomical dial above it represents the position of the sun and the moon in the sky above Prague. At the top of every hour, the figure of a skeleton rings a bell and figures of the Apostles appear in the two little windows at the top. can see the people gathering as it’s almost the top of the hour.
Written 2 April 2024
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AngeloBotticelli
Carmarthen, Wales, United Kingdom152 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Lovely bit of architectural history which in it's day apparently was a must see visit. Inside you either walk up to the city viewing area or pay a bit more and use the lift. We walked up and enjoyed looking at the interior design and city views out of a few windows spaced out at different levels. The viewing area gives you a fantastic vantage point to look across Prague but if you don't like hights then please take a minute to consider your choice for the walkway around the top exterior of the tower is narrow and always busy. You can stay within the square cental top glass area where the lift stops which will still give you a view.
Written 1 April 2024
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Braindamagedbaron
Newark-on-Trent, UK468 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
It isn't often that you can check the time on a clock that dates back to the fifteenth century. Here is your opportunity. The astronomical clock is a quirky find in the middle of the stunning city.
The hourly show of the walk of the apostles never gets tiring as you watch the history unfold in front of you. Located in the town square, I strongly recommended finding one of the many cafes nearby and just watching the show while you people watch around you. A beautiful clock, a fabulous square and a must see in Prague.
Written 29 March 2024
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