Prague Top Attraction – Prague Old Town Hall

Top Attraction – Prague Old Town Hall

The viewing gallery opened in the mid-14th Century after the Old Town successfully petitioned the king for their own town hall the building was originally composed only of two much older privately owned buildings which were then reconfigured to support the workings of the Prague Old Town Hall. The tower and the clock came later. It contains the Old Town city registry office (where I got married) but it also has a ground floor gallery and the upper floors still contain city offices. The main attractions are the Astronomical Clock and the tower viewing gallery. There’s also public toilets, a tourist information centre and an ATM here. Check the Skip the Line Tips and Tricks and also the Town Hall Pass for saving money and time to explore here.

prague old town square showing the old town hall and easter decorated tree
The Old Town Hall viewed from the far side of the square during the Easter market

The Orloj:

prague old town hall and astronomical clock

Orloj is the collective name for the Astronomical Clock (top) and Calendarium (bottom). They might look like they work together but in fact the movements are completely separate. It’s the clock that is connected to the procession of the apostles which are popular with tourists and generally run on the hour between 9am and 9pm the whole year (in summer season it runs until 11pm). The Calendarium is actually a disc which is rotating clockwise once per day. You can read more about this on the Astronomical Clock page.

The Viewing Gallery

A trip up the tower is about 250Kc and you can walk or take the lift. Note that the fastest way to buy a ticket is online (check the Skip The Line post). Second fastest is the ticket office on the 3rd floor. Check the Town Hall Pass post for other entry options. Once at the top you’ll have 360 degree views around the city and you’ll be above the majority of the surrounding rooftops with views across to the Church of Our Lady Before Tyn, St Nicholas, the Jan Hus monument, most of the Old Town and a view up to Prague Castle. Photography is popular but beware if you are using a tripod as the gallery floor is quite narrow. If you’re lucky you’ll catch the trumpeter.

A storm heading towards the Old Town Hall

The Old Town Hall is described as part of the Hidden Secrets of the Old Town and Jewish Quarter Prague walking tour.