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Old Town Hall and Astronomical Clock (Staromestska Radnice)

Staromestske namesti 1, Prague 110 00 , Czech Republic (Praha 1)
420 724 508 584
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Ranked #23 of 318 Attractions in Prague
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Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Historic Sites
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Traveler Description: The best place in Prague.  Try to avoid during the busier times to get the most out of it.  Everytime you walk past this place you will stop and... more »
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St. Louis, Missouri
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

This is a lovely clock, fully three stories high. Its clock operations are probably very impressive, especially given its age. However, from a purely tourist perspective, it was worth no more than 2 minutes of my time - which is probably the amount of time it takes for the mechanical windows to open and "perform."

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Edmonton, Alberta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

The astronomical clock is on the wall of a tower in Old Town Square in Prague and is a wonder of mechanical ingenuity. It was built several hundred years ago, and shows the position of the sun during the seasons, as well as the various astrological signs in their orbits. It was built when people still believed the sun revolved... More

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New York City, New York
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45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

The Astronomical Clock is this massive and very old clock in the middle of the old town. At the top of the hour, the clock rings, the windows open, and Jesus and the Apostles rotate through the windows. It does not last long but it was really cool to see. We took a tour of the old town hall, which... More

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Newbury, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

We saw this twice while visiting Prague. It is a must see, however I would recommend seeing this with a tour guide. A lot of the subtle little details of the clock are completely missed on your own. Also the chimes are interesting to see but actually what is amazing with the clock is everything else it shows you.

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

One gets a good view of the city from the top of the tower. There is not much to see of the inner workings of the clock itself.

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Dundalk, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

every hour on the hour the bells ring and the display is amazing so we loved it. there was nothing we disliked

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

The area around the astronomical clock is a very 'foodie' place to hang around as there are so many restaurants, cafes and food bazaar around the area. But the one i like most is the ice cream gelato selling around that area. YUM YUM! Anyway, we spend quite some time in front of the astronomical clock trying to decipher it... More

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

Ols Town Square is the best place in Prague to take a leisure walk, soak in the live music, energy and sun. The clock on the tower still works. Every hour the bell rings, and the figurines move. Good fun, lots of eating places & fund shopping around.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

Great views from the top of the tower! Lovely veiw especially over the square and good for pictures. The stroke of the hour clock is nice to watch but make sure you stand within sight distance as there are little details easily missed such as the Cockerell and skeleton chiming the bells. Does get busy too so just beware of... More

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Whistler, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

When you are in the old town square, you will walk right by the Old town hall and the famous Astronomical clock, well worth a stop to take in this beautiful site. However I would not recommend waiting more then a few minutes for the hourly chime, it is very underwhelming and almost a non event.

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