Old Town Hall with Astronomical Clock

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Old Town Hall with Astronomical Clock

Old Town Hall with Astronomical Clock
4.5
Historic Sites • Points of Interest & Landmarks • Architectural Buildings • Lookouts
11:00 - 20:00
Monday
11:00 - 20:00
Tuesday
10:00 - 20:00
Wednesday
10:00 - 20:00
Thursday
10:00 - 20:00
Friday
10:00 - 20:00
Saturday
10:00 - 20:00
Sunday
10:00 - 20:00
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.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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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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Marketa G
Prague, Czech Republic3 contributions
Lovely historical place
Jul 2020 • Family
The building of the Old Town Hall is very old. It was damaged during the WW2 and repaired, but the damaged part was not rebuilt. The astronomical clock attracts hundreds of tourists standing every hour in front of it. But you can also visit the tower and see what it from the inside. The view from the top of the tower is breathtaking— you can see all the Old Town, the Old Town Square, all the historical buildings, churches and towers and also the Prague Castle on one side and the modern buildings on the opposite side.
Written 14 May 2021
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Oscar Wild
Kent, UK3 contributions
They Ruined The Clock
Aug 2020
Its terrible after 2 years renovation. I have seen it before. The world map is not there anymore, colors are not understandable in the clock. The worst thing is they put arrows of the clock wrong! Look at the clock which is faced to the square, the long arrow shows hours and short one minutes. Its like a joke!
Written 24 March 2021
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PragueCityTourism
Dear Oscar, thank you for your feedback. The changes after restoration are significant, indeed. However, they were all intentional. The restoration of Astronomical Clock meant to bring back its original medieval look. The colours and continents you remember were painted at the end of 19th century. The world map probably wasn’t there in medieval times – for example, Australia, that was also depicted, wasn’t even known in Europe back then. You are right about the importance of astrolabe coloration. During the restoration it was discussed with astronomers to be sure to maintain its original purpose – to display dawn and dusk (Aurora and Crepusculum) and sunrise and sunset (Ortus and Occasus). Regarding the switched clock arrows – these clocks were from the second half of 20th century and haven’t much of historical value. They were replaced by replicas of baroque ones that used to be there originally. For people from 18th century it was important to see hours from big distance more than minutes. For this reason, the hour arrow is bigger. Thank you once again for your feedback. We are happy to see the Prague Astronomical clock has got such knowledgeable fans. 😊
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romanshorner
Munich, Germany734 contributions
Interesting Building with Clock Tower and Play
Mar 2020
Actually we payed mainly attention to the clock tower, which plays several times a day. The play takes approximately 15 minutes and it is nice to hear and watch. To watch the play, you should be in time to get a good place to watch, as the place usually gets crowded a few minutes before the plays. The clock has also an astronomic clock.

Inside the townhall, you can climb the tower oder visit the historic museum of the town, what we didn't do. Even watching the fasade of this imposant building is worth.
Written 27 February 2021
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Martin Krocil
Prague, Brno242 contributions
Overrated
Dec 2020
Well OK, it is a well known and historical Calendar Clock called "orloj" in czech language.
Hords of people gather to be able to say "I have been there" nothing special othervise
Written 13 January 2021
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PragueCityTourism
Dear Martin Krocil, thank you for sharing your insight. We are sorry you didn‘t enjoy the experience. However, Prague Old Town Hall is not just the "orloj”. If you give it one more chance text time we hope you explore also the interiors - splendor of historical halls, intimate atmosphere of bay window chapel and touch of middle ages in the underground, not to mention the view from tower top. 😊
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Flyawhey | Health & Travel Blog
Lexington, KY152 contributions
You Must Visit
Feb 2020
It's absolutely beautiful and shouldn't be missed out on. There are going to be crowds of tourists, but if you go in the morning, like early in the morning you can have the whole square to yourself and it's really delightful.
Written 12 January 2021
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xamz10x
Grimsby, UK135 contributions
First time visit
Dec 2020 • Couples
This was such a beautiful landmark and such a beautiful place to look and admire .I am so glad I got to see this clock.i wasn't lucky enough to see it open but my boyfriend said it opens up ,so I'll come back next year and hopefully to see it open up
Written 28 December 2020
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Alexander_Kudrin
Samara, Russia7,940 contributions
Main clock of Prague
Jan 2020 • Family
One of the most beautiful sights of Prague. Crowds of tourists come to watch the chiming clock and the moving figures. Be careful! This is a favorite time for pickpockets, take care of your belongings.
Written 26 December 2020
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Jan M
504 contributions
The darkest place is under the candle
Dec 2020
Yes, the Old Town Hall is right in the middle of all the hustle and bustle and that may discourage you. But if you happen to visit Prague in the covid times, do pay it a visit.

I was very lucky to have the whole view at the top of the tower for myself. And what a view. On a clear sunny day you can literally see the whole city or at least its significant landmarks - the Prague Castle, Petřín, Žižkov Tower, countless churches and all the beautiful reddish rooftops.

There are two elevators there that will take you to the top. Once you have enjoyed the views, you can either take the elevator down or take the stairs (on your way up as well). If you are into technology, you will appreciate the design of the elevator.

Included in the price of my ticket was the entry to the interiors of the hall - medieval chapel, and 4 more rooms. There is a little window in the chapel enabling to see inside the astrological clock! You can actually see the apostles waiting for the right moment to start changing at the windows.

10/10, suitable for adults and children. Plus, there are toilets in the basement.
Written 8 December 2020
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Need To See It All
Perth, Australia957 contributions
WOW
Jan 2020
Historically important clock? ✓

Interesting tourist attraction? X

It's really just not that big of a deal, you will likely see it in passing, but it really doesn't warrant waiting around.
Written 4 December 2020
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ryanmcintyre265
Ayrshire, UK108 contributions
Is what it says on the tin
Dec 2019
Yep, it’s a beautiful bit of engineering.

This will be busy with tour groups, so expect to wait for the best photo opportunity.
Written 26 November 2020
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