The famous Prague clock is one of the best attractions in a city of many. But it's more than just a famous clock.
It's the center of the city's universe - a Prague astronomical clock that not
only keeps time, but includes 12 apostles, dark symbolic
images, a bell and rooster that crows. Pretty cool, eh?
It also has lots of aspects charting time including moon phases, zodiac signs and more details that honestly, kind of confuse us.
So, let's keep it simple! This page includes a little video of the clock, some great tips for viewing the Prague clock and a plea to visit the tower where it resides.
But, wait, where is the clock?
Good question!!! The Prague astronomical clock is right on Old Town Square. In fact, it's on one side of Old Town Hall Tower. You can't miss it.
Visiting the Prague astronomical clock is easy enough.
You show up, you look at it and you move on - maybe you
even see the show, right? Well, not exactly!
This famous sight, the Prague clock is a scene of incredible detail and texture. AND, it's right on Old Town Square so it's not the quietest of spots in Prague. But these tips will help you enjoy the astronomical clock much more.
Okay, this is our blatant plea
to visit a personal favorite sight of ours. We seem
to have a lot of these and most go unheaded. But, we
understand - it takes time to visit these smaller
sights that we know and love.
Most people come to see the clock and keep walking onto the square or often to Charles Bridge. But, if you take the time to go inside the Old Town Hall, you will have a completely different perspective of Old Town and the Prague clock. We promise.
You can view several gothic rooms inside the town hall
that have incredible details, paintings and deep history
of course. But, we like to visit the original floors of
the town hall. The streets of Old Town were actually built
up after problems with flooding and today you can visit
the cellar for a really cheap entrance fee.
The tower at the Old Town Hall might offer the best view of the city. It definitely beats all others for its view of the square below and Old Town. Very exciting. And, yes, there's a lift.
Our personal favorite sight in Old Town Hall is just behind
the Prague clock. Beside the chapel on the first floor is a
window that you can look through to see the 12 apostles as
they wait for their hourly queue.
For us, they are mesmerizing - carved with such detail and care. Their hands and expressions are incredible and can't ever be seen from the street below.
Visit Prague's tourist site for more info about the clock.