Old Town Hall and Astronomical Clock
In the heart of the oldest part of Prague, at the Old Town Square, stands one of the most popular tourist attractions – the Old Town Hall and Astronomical Clock. For those of you who might be wondering why so many people come to admire this outstanding building, here are few interesting facts:
The Old Town Hall was established in the year 1338 and after that became the centre of Prague’s government until the 20th century. The gothic tower was used as an observation point to look around the city, but it mostly became famous for having an Astronomical Clock on it.
The Astronomical Clock was mentioned for the first time in records from year 1410 and was put together by two clockmakers. In later centuries it was developed a few times and the current appearance is the result of reconstruction done after WWII, during which was the Clock badly damaged by German troops fighting with rebels during the Prague Uprising.
There used to be another large (eastern) wing of the Old Town Hall, added in the 19th century, which was completely destroyed as well. Your tour guide may be able to show you few pictures of what it looked like – so don’t forget to ask him about that!
Nowadays the Old Town Hall is a popular place for weddings (mostly tourists) and the Charles University uses some of its halls, for graduation ceremonies.
Old Town Hall and Astronomical Clock Info
Address: Staroměstské náměstí 1/3, Praha 1 – Staré Město, 110 00
Map. Ref.: 50.0868531, 14.4201953
Opening hours: Mon-11am-6pm, Tue-Sun 9am-6pm
Cost: historical hall inside the hall 100CZK/70 discounted, tower 120CZK/70 CZK
Detailed information about the Old Town Hall: http://www.prague.eu/en/object/places/188/old-town-hall-with-astronomical-clock-staromestska-radnice-s-orlojem?back=1