Top Attraction – Prague Old Town Hall
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NOTE: There will be significant renovation work being performed until August 31st 2018 which will mean entry restrictions and closures. The viewing gallery is open 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 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 Orloj and the tower viewing gallery. There’s also public toilets, a tourist information centre and an ATM here.
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 8pm. 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 120Kc and you can walk or take the lift. Note that the fastest way to buy a ticket is online. Second fastest is the ticket office on the 3rd floor. Slowest is the ticket office outside on the corner. Once at the top you’ll have almost 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.
The Old Town Hall is visited as part of the Hidden Secrets of the Old Town and Jewish Quarter Prague walking tour.