Horloge Astronomique
Horloge Astronomique
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4.5 of 5 bubbles630 reviews
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Abby C
4 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
Don’t get me wrong, the clock is very cool and worth seeing but I recommend NOT going to see it at noon. People are packed in there like sardines, it costs 4€ per person to see it and it’s not worth waiting in line to do it at noon. You can see it for free at any other time during the day, so I recommend going to see it after or before the noon rush. The procession of the figurines doesn’t even start until 12:30, and you have to get there around 11:30 to wait in line and get in (even if you buy tickets in advance), so you end up standing around for a full hour just to watch some little figurines go in a circle. NOT worth the ticket—could have spent our time better elsewhere. Also, the little figurines move every half hour or so, so you’ll still be able to see it do cool things at other times of the day. So, long story short, go see it for free at any other time of the day—not at noon.
Written September 23, 2023
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Janet M
Cordova, TN657 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
This clock is located in the Strasbourg Cathedral (Munster), which we visited in August 2021 as part of an included excursion on our Avalon Waterways river cruise. The current astronomical clock was built in 1843 and shares many of the features of its predecessors (dating back to the 14th century) such as an orrery, a rotating display of the current positions of the sun and moon, a planetary calendar, and even a mechanical rooster. We happen to be there at 12:30 pm (the solar noon of Strasbourg) and saw the bird crow and a conga line of apostles issued forth from the clock’s instruments, and passes before Christ. This daily event is very impressive, but can get very crowded. The calculations required to keep the accuracy of the earth and moon in rotation around the sun correctly on the clock is done by a complicated set of cogs on the right hand side of the planetary faceplate. A large celestial globe in front of the planetary clock is also connected to other mechanisms and the stars are in correct position for the day and time of year. A must see if you are visiting Strasbourg,, France.
Written January 24, 2022
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MMKY
Beaufort, NC15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
You think you know smart people in your life, then you encounter this amazing clock and you realize what real genius can do. It is well worth the visit -- and it requires a ticket. Go early to the gift shop to get one, then see the cathedral. When it's time to line up for the special clock session, get in line early so you can maneuver to a good spot where both the screen for the movie and the clock are in view. The film is outstanding, explains the inner workings of the clock, etc., in an entertaining way. A must see in Strasbourg.
Written November 15, 2021
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Raintree_Thailand
Bangkok, Thailand3,910 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
It's cool to see and to contemplate the craftsmanship that went into it, but I think the astronomical clock in Prague is more impressive. This one is located in one of the side areas of the Notre Dame Cathedral. Many reviewers have complained about the hassles of payment to see the clock and the hordes of people, but when we visited there were few people. I guess if I saw that there was a long wait time or lots of people to contend with, I'd advise that you could give it a pass.
Written February 4, 2023
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ldtc2
Hoboken, NJ1,023 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Couples
You have to queue up at 11:35 to purchase tickets. Then, wait another 35 minutes + inside- standing the entire time -a short movie plays- explaining the details of the clock. All the while you are anticipating that the entire clock will become animated when the show starts which is at 12:30. The only animation you can see is the apostles circling around Christ at the tippy top. It was a waste.
Written October 22, 2022
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Razorfish
Little Rock, AR3,866 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Couples
The Horlodge Astronomique is located in the back corner of the Cathedrale Norte Dame de Strasbourg. My wife and I visited in April on an excursion from a Viking Rhine River Cruise. We did not encounter the long wait for tickets to see the clock perform that many reviews complain about. It was interesting to observe but probably not a must see as far as I am concerned.
Written October 25, 2022
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SophiaSeriouslyNow
Athens, Greece163 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Strong details that carry a lot of history, lore and technique. Its main features, besides the automata, are a perpetual calendar (including a computus), an orrery (planetary dial), a display of the real position of the Sun and the Moon, and solar and lunar eclipses. The main attraction is the procession of the 18 inch high figures of Christ and the Apostles, which occurs every day at solar noon, while the life-size cock crows thrice
Written September 15, 2022
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zuv
Bucharest, Romania27,166 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
Interesting, worth seeing. Unfortunately, the area in front of it is very crowded. The one in Prague seemed more beautiful to me. Unlike that one, the one in Strasbourg is located inside the cathedral, not outside.
Written March 7, 2023
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Olmo75
Milan, Italy1,012 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Couples
I truly can’t believe that in a site packed by foreign visitors like this the only explanations are given in French! This is just ridiculous. The explanatory clip which is shown 20 minutes before the clock actually starts moving is in French and German with subs in English if you could read them as you might look from far…
I’m not English, I’m Italian so my point is just about visitors’ friendliness. This would never happen in comparable attractions in Italy or Spain.
Written August 13, 2022
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bcs488
Grand Rapids, MI257 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
Really a spectacular piece of machinery and I think to appreciate it, one needs to know a bit about when and how it was built. It does not have the most animation, yes, the one in Prague is a bit more impressive in that regard so if the viewer has to have lots of 'bells and whistles' to leave impressed, this clock may be a bit underwhelming. Also, the many people there to see it can be somewhat distracting from the experience.
Written August 19, 2023
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