Old-Town Hall & Astronomical Clock, Prague
Favorite thing: There are so many recognizable sights and interesting historical landmarks in Prague. If you're a fan of architecture, this is the city for you. One of the more famous and quirky sights is the Astronomical Clock located in Old Town Square that dates to 1410. Every hour crowds gather to see the mechanical figures ring bells and nod to the spectators (hard to explain- you gotta see it for yourself!).
One of the main attraction of the old town is this clock. It is composed by an astronomical dial, representing the position of the sun and the moon in the sky; by a calendar dial; added in 1870 and by a group of 12 statues of apostles and Christ. People gather in front of this clock to watch two small windows open and Christ and the apostles coming out in a short procession.
This clock was originally installed in 1410, but various additions were made later on.
It's hard to be in Prague without knowing about this clock. It is the oldest astronomical clock still in operation, and so, every hour on the dot, little figurines of saints stroll along while Death rings a bell.
It is a tourist classic, so there'll be lots of people from various tours, but kids and grown-ups all love it, especially as it ends up with a crow singing, which sends everyone off laughing.
Prague Astronomical Clock was installed in 1410. It is the third-oldest astronomical clock in the world and the oldest one still working.
Fondest memory: 'The Walk of the Apostles': a clockwork hourly show of figures of the Apostles and other moving sculptures.
You can see on pic#5 figure of Death, whish represented by a skeleton, striking the time.
Favorite thing: Located on the all famous Staromìstské námestí, the Old Town Hall is equally famous for its Old Astronomical Clock. This building is the center of the Old Town, and the starting point of the Royal Way to Prague Castle through Charles Bridge.
Prague, as I already said, is one of my favourite cities in the world. It's beautiful, it's charming, it's enchanting, it's friendly, it's fun, it's interesting, it's romantic, it's just about everything you want it to be!
Fondest memory: The clocks on the Old Town Main Square are a beautiful work of art. Every single person who has gone to Prague has seen it, because you just cannot miss it: every hour, when the clocks announce 0 minutes and the little figures come out, a humongous crowd stands in front of them all staring at it.
As I had to walk in front of it every single day, after feeling quite annoyed at the standing tourists blocking my way, I ended up enjoying and laughing at these crowds, all in the same position, all staring at the same thing, all together. So I would not look at the clocks anymore, but instead at the... sheeps?
Favorite thing: Below the clock tower of the old town hall is a Gothic astronomical clock (1410) that entertains the throng with apostles, Christ, a skeleton a a cock every hour on the hour. You can also make daily visits to the building, including the 15th-century council chamber and Gothic chapel and see the apostles from behind the scenes. Do climb the tower for the view.
of course the old town is charming ; all around you will see very modern shops like in New York City or London ; dozens of restaurants and pizzerias are also to be found in the area , and they are not cheap.
But if you walk 3 or 4 kms from the centre , you will see another Prague ,not rich and show off, which tries to get out of the communist years
Visit the Astrological Clock in the Old Town Square. You won't have to go out of your way to find it...
When we were there (late September) there weren't many tourists around...unlike some of the other photos I have seen on Virtual Tourist! :) We got to see a lot more of Prague because of this I think...
Favorite thing: Go to the clock tower about half an hour before sunset and watch the city light up before your eyes. Makes for some great photos. If you visit around xmas you will have all the craft markets to visit in the main square
I would definitely spend some time on a walking tour if you're a spare morning of afternoon going. the tour guide I went with was friendly, talkative, gave you enough time to take photos and knew so much history but didnt make it boring; I feel a lot more clued in about Prague and the area we went to.
Fondest memory: I went to Prague in February when it was -22*c and I would definitely go there at that time again- the fog and mist made the amber street light glow, effusing such a romantic soft pink in the air- I will never forget wondering around Old Town and Charles bridge at night with no crowds, getting happily lost down cobbled streets and stumbling across the cutest cafes!
Favorite thing: Standing proudly in the Old Town Square is the pink OLD TOWN HALL. Decorating the "Pink lady" are the colourful "coat of arms" making it one of the most striking structures in the Square.
Favorite thing: The man who made this was rewarded by having his eyes cut out, to ensure he would not make one for anyone else!
Favorite thing: Turn around and look the other way from the Horological Clock -- you will see both historic & tourist Prague in the same glance.
This square is beautiful but a bit to crowdy for me every hour the clock shows itself.
Fondest memory: The scenes, the atmosphere, the people, and the James Bond Spy Game we played.