Views from the Old Town Hall Tower in Prague

One of the highlights of my visit to Prague was going up the Old Town Clock Tower, which dates from the 14th century. The entrance fee is 110 CZK (around £3) for adults and 70CZK (around £2) for students, seniors and kids. Entry is free with a Prague Card.

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The famous Astronomical Clock is at the base of the Tower. There are three parts to the clock, the astronomical dial showing the position of the sun and moon in the sky, the calendar dial showing the month and the hourly performance of the Apostoles figures at the top of the clock.

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There’s a lift up to the Tower, but you can also walk up. Walking up is better as there are lots of information boards en-route.

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There are lots of cafes, bars, restuarants and fast food stalls in the Old Town Square.

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You may have to wait a while to get out onto the walkway around the top of the Tower. Although the walkway is one-way, some people cause havoc by going in the opposite direction. You should leave plenty of time for your visit, so you can wait it out to get into the pole positions for taking photos. It is worthwhile to be patient to get the best photos.

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I was fortunate to have such a clear, sunny day when I visited the Old Town Hall Tower.

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The ‘Prague Undergroud Tour’ takes you under the Old Town Hall to explore the medieval catacombs and chambers. Although the tour was included in my Prague Card, the next tour in English didn’t leave for another hour, so I decided not to wait.

Check the opening hours of the Old Town Hall Tower when you’re in Prague. It was open until 10pm when I was in the city in April. The Tower opened at 9am, except on Mondays when opening time was 11am. An early visit might avoid the crowds. I think that you could get some amazing views if you’re up the Tower at sunset.

Prague offers visitors good value for money. You can buy a beer for around £1 in bars away from the main tourist drags. An evening meal in a mid-range restaurant costs around £15 per person. Staying in an apartment in Prague can be a great option, especially if there are a few people travelling together. I saw two bedroom apartments in a central location costing from 60 Euro a night in low season. I was surprised how cheap it was to buy groceries from a small convenience store, so self catering would keep your costs down.