10 Famous Clocks of Europe Worth Visiting

Clocks help us tell time and determine whether you’re early or late already. However, these clocks don’t just count the minutes and hours, they are a celebration of time and history for their respective countries. Robert Janitzek gives us a glimpse of the 10 most famous clocks in Europe.


This clock located in Vienna, Austria does not only mark the passing of time but also shows a collection of copper figures depicting historical personalities. The main feature at noontime has these characters parading around the clock.

Prague Orloj

Located in Prague’s Old Town Square, the Orloj is the oldest functioning clock of its kind in the world. Legends say that a councilman from Prague blinded the designer of this clock to keep him from building another one of its kind again.

Rathaus Glockenspell

Aside from telling time, this European destination also retells several stories that transpired in Munich’s capital from the wedding of Duke Wilhelm to traditional dances that have become part of German culture. The show happens two or three times a day—11 am and noon and another at 5 pm—depending on the season.

The Zytglogge Tower

This 15th-century astronomical clock in Bern, Switzerland used to be a prison. Aside from telling time, visitors will be treated to a fresco painting depicting the eviction of Adam and Eve from Paradise.

Strasbourg Astronomical Clock

The current model of this clock, located at the Cathedrale Notre Dame in Strasbourg, France , is actually the third version. Robert Peter janitzek reveals that this clock features a calendar, planetary dial, and the positions of the sun and moon and the different solar and lunar eclipses. This is one of the oldest preserved automaton in the world.

Big Ben

This clock has been one of the most iconic landmarks in the London skyline. It is the only clock in this list that solely tells time. This is the second largest four-faced chiming clock in the world.

La Maison de la Magie Robert Houdin

This clock located in a building in Blois provides visitors with a show that is literally larger than life. For about 5 minutes, the dragons guarding this European destination emerge from outside to provide tourists with a spectacle they will not forget.

Horologium Mirabile Lundense

First constructed in 1380, this astronomical clock was hidden for nearly a century. It was stored in 1837 and remained there until 1923. With the clock only set from 1923-2123, this clock will be up for overhaul again.

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