Old Town Hall with Astronomical Clock

Staromestske Namesti 1, Prague

4.5

Old Town Hall is a 14th century building famous all over the world for its observation tower and astronomical clock.

It is one of the most amazing buildings in Prague. The Old Town Hall is built in Gothic style. Today it houses the central Prague Tourist Information Centre. Visitors can take the elevator or climb up the stairs to the top and experience magic views of Old Town Square and the rest of the Old Town.

The Old Town Hall is open from 11 am to 6 pm on Mondays and from 9 am to 6pm Tuesday-Sunday. The Tower is open longer- till 10 pm. The entrance ticket costs 130 CZK( ~5.8 USD) per adult.

The Astronomical Clock or Prague orloj is located on one side of the Old Town Hall Tower. It is believed to be a 15th century monument.  The clock shows Central European, Babylonian and Sidereal time, what day it is, its position in the week, month and year. Below the Astronomical Clock you can see 12 medallions with zodiac signs dating back to 1865.

Every hour two windows on the clock open up and 12 apostles come out. On the sides of the clock a skeleton starts to ring a bell, a Turk shakes his head. At the end of the performance a golden rooster is crowned and a huge bell rings at the top of the tower. It is believed that with the first ring in the morning all the ghosts disappear from Prague. This performance was considered one of the wonders of the world in the Middle Ages.

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Open Hours:

  • Mon

    11:00 - 22:00

  • Tue

    09:00 - 22:00

  • Wed

    09:00 - 22:00

  • Thu

    09:00 - 22:00

  • Fri

    09:00 - 22:00

  • Sat

    09:00 - 22:00

  • Sun

    09:00 - 22:00

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Reviews

  • Anand Dwivedi

    5
    - 24 August 2018 -

    Old Town Hall with Astronomical Clock (Staroměstská radnice s orlojem) The Old Town Hall was established in 1338 as the seat of the Old Town administration. The oldest part of the complex consists of a beautiful Gothic tower with a bay chapel and a unique astronomical clock – known as the Orloj – where, every hour between 9 am and 11 pm, the twelve apostles appear. The Gothic Revival eastern wing of the Town Hall was destroyed during the Prague Uprising on May 8, 1945 and was never rebuilt. The guided tour includes the historical halls, the tower and the underground areas.

  • Ross Humphries

    5
    - 22 August 2018 -

    Without doubt the first place to go and see when in Prague. There is a lift to the top of the tower and so no steps to worry about. You get a great view of Prague and can also get your bearings as to what other things are where and how far away they are. Lovely city and great views.

  • Ray

    3
    - 27 July 2018 -

    Ancient city hall with impressive rooms and an interesting cellar, which can only be accessed with guided tour, and that’s probably the only reason to do a guided tour. Because almost all explanations are covered by the leaflet provided for non-guided tour, and one would expect the guide to be less shy and speak better English. And the organization is a bit chaotic: they forgot to give me the guided tour badge at the beginning and I had to explain multiple times that I bought the ticket for guided tour. Anyway it’s unique and a good place to get to know the history.

  • Yevgeniia Aliluienko

    5
    - 05 July 2018 -

    Unbelievable view of gothic romantic Prague! Love it

  • Marc Albert

    5
    - 17 June 2018 -

    The Old Town Hall is a beautiful building. The entrance area has some lovely mosaics and the rooms upstairs are nicely presented. Do a combination ticket with the underground and the tower. You won't be sorry.

  • Steven Nich

    5
    - 16 June 2018 -

    Definitely worth a visit but the organization could be better. Tickets can be purchased on the third floor and admission covers the Old Town Hall interiors, the underground cellars and the tower. Be aware that you CANNOT enter the underground portions without a tour guide that you need to reserve at the desk on the first floor which we were not told when we purchased our tickets. By chance we overheard other people talking about it with the tour reservation desk but by this point only tours in Spanish were available although they provide a written guide in English that you can follow along with. Tours are every 30 minutes and are offered in a number of different languages. The tour was very interesting and started with the building interiors followed by the underground portion which was surprisingly extensive. The tower can be accessed without a reservation or a guide and is open until 10 as opposed to the interiors and underground which close earlier at 7. They also have a special pass which they promote endlessly which is valid for two days and gives you one visit to the interiors and the underground, two visits to the Old Town Hall tower and one visit to the New Town Hall tower. In my opinion, most people will be fine with just the regular pass.

  • A Kamp

    5
    - 11 June 2018 -

    5/5 with an important note; you need to be on a guided tour to see the cellars! Make sure you check the tour times at the office on the 1st floor (not the main floor) and book in advance! Do not count on the staff to help you or to even give you an honest or accurate answer while at the ticket office on the 3rd floor. The website is terrible I hope the fix it but the main combo ticket has everything there is to see. YOU NEED TO BE ON A GUIDED TOUR TO SEE THE GOTHIC CELLAR AND ROMAN CELLAR! Time slots fill up so book your time in advance to avoid missing out!!! This can be done on the 1st floor, the guided tour is free with your paid admission but you must get an actual ticket with your actual tour time! The regular 1 day ticket is actually really good has everything you need and INCLUDES the FREE GUIDED TOUR! (That's needed to see the cellars) The tour is quite good and there is a lot more underground than I was expecting so if you're on a tight budget you could do this as it is quite reasonably priced and you see most of what you see on the "Prague underground tours' which are about three times the price. I would really like to stress that as difficult as it was to get information from the website and even the staff I'd still consider this a must do! But make sure you get a ticket for a guided tour, it's free BUT YOU MUST GET A TICKET WITH THE TOUR TIME IN ADVANCE AFTER PAYING FOR THE TICKET! The tour is great, doing a self guided tour would be okay but you would miss out on the cellars and a lot of really interesting information so I strongly recommend getting on a tour! You see a ton of interesting things including some of the insides of the astronomical clock and you really can't beat the value of this tour. The 2 day ticket however just seems pointless, you get to go up the tower a second time (once during the day and once in the evening) but there are soooo many towers in Prague that going up the same one twice is totally a waste of time!

  • Caitlin Morrow

    5
    - 13 May 2018 -

    The overlook from the Town Hall! It’s a little crowded up there but the view of the square is amazing.

  • Hongwen Wu

    4
    - 23 February 2018 -

    Good view from the tower, but CZK 250 is over pricy.

  • Kevin Septian

    5
    - 04 February 2018 -

    very nice town hall. especially very crowded during the holiday. must visit!

  • Millie ODonnell

    - 14 May 2018 -

    The clock tower and clock are currently under renovations. Check before you come so you are not disappointed.

  • Korhan Onur

    - 31 March 2018 -

    Has very nice view, you can visit the tower but the clock is under construction

  • Hüsnü Akyüz

    - 21 March 2018 -

    Hırsızlara dikkat......kalabalık hırsız gruplar iş başında

  • Julia Lu

    - 20 March 2018 -

    Currently under construction, but must see in Prague and in a central location. There was a cute Christmas market in the square that was selling snacks and souvenirs. View from Petrin tower is better

  • Barzin Barzegar

    - 18 March 2018 -

    Under construction 😕

  • Inna

    - 04 February 2018 -

    Great and worth seeing in Prague

  • Oğuz A.

    - 06 January 2018 -

    Yes, it is the 3rd oldest astronomical clock, and the oldest functioning. I was still totally disappointed with the “show” after all that waiting. Totally overrated.

  • Pelin

    - 28 November 2017 -

    Lovely city❤️

  • Ula Jaros

    - 13 October 2017 -

    Beautiful views ❤️

  • Rbabo

    - 29 September 2017 -

    Fabulous! 😍

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