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Prague Astronomical Clock

Prague, the capital city of the Czech Republic, is steeped in the goodness of art and history. One of its key highlights, the Prague Astronomical Clock, also known as the Prague Orloj, is a medieval astronomical clock attached to the Old Town Hall. The clock tower was installed in 1410 and is the third-oldest astronomical clock in the world and the oldest one still in use. Here’s everything you need to know about the Prague Astronomical Clock.

Why visit the Prague Astronomical Clock?

Prague Astronomical Clock

Your trip to Prague isn't complete without a visit to the Prague Astronomical Clock. Dating back to the 14th century, this medieval clock is a proud symbol of the city's history. It is located in one of the most iconic squares in the city, Old Town Square, and attracts many travelers throughout the year.

Unlike other clocks, this one doesn't just tell time but also gives viewers astronomical and zodiac information. Another exciting feature is that every hour when the clock strikes, you will notice the 12 Apostles at the two windows above the clock. The Apostles move in a circular motion putting on a show for visitors. Don't miss out on a visit to this mystical and architectural marvel!

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Prague Astronomical Clock
Prague Astronomical Clock
Prague Astronomical Clock

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Prague Astronomical Clock

The Prague Astronomical Clock Tower is open throughout the year.

Tuesday to Sunday: 9:OO AM - 9:00 PM

Monday: 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM

Prague Astronomical Clock

Address: Staroměstské nám. 1, 110 00 Josefov, Czechia

By Bus: Bus 119 from the airport will take you to the nearest subway station. Take line A from here.

By Taxi: You can take a local taxi straight to the Astronomical Clock. If you’re taking a taxi from the airport, it’ll cost you between CZK 550 - 700.

By Metro: Take line A of the metro from Nádraží Veleslavín and alight at Staroměstská station. The clock tower is about 4 minutes from here by foot.

By Car: The Astronomical Tower is approximately 14.4 kilometers from Prague International Airport, so a 20-minute car ride will get you there swiftly.

Prague Astronomical Clock

Your Prague Astronomical Clock tours have flexible timings so you can take your time to explore the tower.

Guided tours can stretch up to 3 hours.

Prague Astronomical Clock

During the spring and fall seasons, the best months to visit Prague are May, June, and September. During these months, the weather in Prague is nice. Throughout the winters, Prague has a humid continental climate with extremely low temperatures and scanty sunshine.

Summers in Prague are predicted to be bright and warm, with temperatures reaching 24 degrees Celsius on average. With strong western winds blowing over the city, Prague is also a very windy city.

Prague Astronomical Clock
  • Comfortable shoes because you’ll have a lot of walking around to do. 
  • Carry a water bottle.
  • Warm clothes during winter and light ones if you’re visiting during the summer.

About the Prague Astronomical Clock

Prague Astronomical Clock

A stunning piece of medieval history, the Prague Astronomical Clock Tower is a must-visit when you’re in Czech. Legend holds that a clock artisan named Hanu designed Prague's famous astronomical clock. Hanu's eyes were believed to have been damaged with a piece of iron after the clock was made, which prevented him from replicating his work anywhere else in the world. However, in 1961 a paper was discovered crediting the creators of the clock - renowned clockmaker Mikulá of Kada and astronomer Sindel.

The clock is made up of three major parts - the main dial which represents the Sun and Moon, the sculptures of various Catholic Saints, and the famous Walk of the Apostles. The Prague Astronomical Clock is the oldest working clock in the world and attracts many visitors throughout the year.

Major attractions around Prague Astronomical Clock

Prague is often referred to as the "city of a thousand spires” for a reason - as you gaze over its 1,100-year old skyline, you'll be rewarded with breathtaking views of beautiful domed cathedrals and many unique architectural sites. Take a look at some of the major attractions in Prague.

Prague Astronomical Clock
Prague Astronomical Clock

National Museum

With millions of items related to mineralogy, biology, anthropology, and archeology, as well as the arts and music, the National Museum in Prague, has various notable collections representing a wide range of subjects. The archeological show is particularly enjoyable, with its large collection of 1st and 2nd-century Roman artifacts, as well as the inclusion of some materials from the Bronze and early Iron Age.

Prague Astronomical Clock

Old Town Square

The spectacular Old Town Square, located in the historic core of Prague, is one of the best sites to begin exploring the city. Here you will find the Tyn Church and the Clementinum, as well as a plethora of other spectacular historical churches and structures dating back to the 11th century. The Old Town Hall is home to the stunning Astronomical Clock from the early 15th century.

Prague Astronomical Clock

River Vltava

The Vltava River is a national river that runs through the Czech Republic, connecting various locations and activities. The Vltava is about more than simply the water that flows through it, it is also an adventurous site for pedestrians, bicyclists, and skiers. In all directions, the Vltava River offers year-round leisure options. Experience the splendor of nature by going to the river.

Prague Astronomical Clock

Strahov Monastery

The Strahov Monastery and Library is Prague's second oldest monastery, dating back to the 12th century. While the vast gateway and chapels are beautiful, the most prominent features are the two beautifully painted Baroque libraries. The library houses many precious old books and manuscripts, including the famous 9th-century Strahov Gospel.

Prague Astronomical Clock
Prague Astronomical Clock
Prague Astronomical Clock

St. George’s Basilica

It is Prague's best-preserved Romanesque church, as well as one of the castle's oldest structures. It was founded around 920 and then expanded in 973 when St. George's Benedictine convent was built. There are paintings, magnificent frescoes, and the tombs of prominent people like Prince Vratislav and Boleslav II inside this little church. In the evenings, classical performances are held at St. George's Basilica.

Prague Astronomical Clock

Wallenstein Palace

The Senate of the Czech Republic, the country's upper chamber of government, is housed in Wallenstein Palace. The Wallenstein Garden in the complex is a must-see, and you might even see peacocks if you're lucky. The old Palace was built by Albrecht von Wallenstein, Duke of Mecklenburg in around 1630.

Frequently asked questions about Prague Astronomical Clock

Q. What is the Prague Astronomical Clock?

A. Prague Astronomical Clock is a medieval clock that not only tells time, but also gives viewers the date and astronomical information.

Q. Where is the Prague Astronomical Clock?

A. The  Prague astronomical clock is located in Prague's Old Town Square.

Q. What is the Prague Astronomical Clock famous for?

A. The Astronomical Clock in Prague is one of the oldest astronomical clocks in the world. The medieval clock is famous for its astronomical dial, "The Walk of the Apostles,"

Q. Are there any Prague Astronomical Clock tours?

A. Yes, there are many Prague Astronomical Clock tours for you to choose from.

Q. Can I visit the Prague Astronomical Clock?

A. Yes. The Prague Astronomical Clock is open to the public.

Q. How do I book a Prague Astronomical Clock tour?

A. For Prague Astronomical Tours, online reservations are available. Because the attraction fills up rapidly, make a reservation ahead of time to assure a spot.

Q. What types of Prague Astronomical Clock tours can I book?

A. You can book combo tours, skip the line tours, and many other Prague Astronomical Clock tours.

Q. What will I see on a Prague Astronomical Clock tour?

A. You get to explore the 12 Apostles and look at the various parts of the tower. Learn about how the clock functions and gives viewers information about the time, date, and zodiac alignment.

Q. How long is the Prague Astronomical Clock tour?

A. Your Prague Astronomical Clock tours can take a maximum of 3 hours, covering all the important sights and landmarks in the area.

Q. Do the Prague Astronomical Clock tours include hotel transfers?

A. No. Prague Astronomical Clock tours do not include hotel transfers.

Q. How much are the Prague Astronomical Clock tours tickets?

A. Your Prague Astronomical Clock tours tickets can start from €8.

Q. What else can I see in Prague?

A. There are many attractions to visit in Prague. Some are Prague Castle, Old Town Square, Golden Lane, St. Vitus Cathedral, and many more.