Astronomical Clock in Prague, Czech Republic

It’s time! April 30 marks the end of winter, and Prague’s annual Paleni Carodenjnic celebration commonly known as Witches’ Night. Locals dress up in costumes like our Halloween, and parade down the street burning paper witches.

The Astronomical Clock, in the picture above, is an iconic sight in Prague’s Old Town. Visible to all who pass by the lofty 1364 Hall Tower, this clock springs to life on the hour when mechanical figures, representing both saints and sinners, pop out above the zodiac signs. And if you’re so inclined, you can pay a small fee to walk up the interior of the tower. Whew–not easy on a hot stuffy day! But, the payoff is a 360 degree view of the entire Old Town Square packed with historic  baroque buildings and the grand Gothic steeples of the Church of Our Lady before Tyn (which at first glance I mistook for a castle).

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