Strahov Library
Strahov Library
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Neighborhood: Hradcany & Letna
Your experience in Prague will never be complete if you do not see it from the top. Hillsides, stretched from the west to the north, provide spectacular views of greenish copper cupolas, narrow cobblestone streets, bridges connecting both river banks and green gardens from red-roof tops of centuries-old houses. Prague pulls you into its 1300 year old history. Walking up the hill or stairs to Prague Castle, the historical seat of Czech rulers and the majestic Saint Vitus Cathedral can leave you speechless (and out of breath). Luckily, plenty of terrace cafés overlooking gardens and beautiful parks are available to provide rest and a place to catch your breath again.
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  • Les P
    Johannesburg, South Africa585 contributions
    Not worth a visit unless on a private guided tour
    After our visit to Petrin Tower, my lovely wife and I decided to visit the Strohov Library. Costs czk150 per person. We were sadly disappointed as the library can only be viewed through a doorway and there is not much else to see. They did, however, then try to upswell us on a private tour which allows access into the library itself. We were not inclined to follow through on this option and left to find a beer! Also note they are closed from 11:30 to 13:00.
    Visited May 2023
    Written May 9, 2023
  • Hilary A
    2 contributions
    Beware - prior visit reservation essential!
    Beware - although you can by a ticket at the ticket office for the library it does not give you access to visit the library! If you wish to visit the library you need to email a request to join a tour in advance of your planned visit, otherwise the ticket merely entitles you to stand in a corridor with various cases of shells, butterflies and rocks and peer over a rope into the library -all for the princely sum of Kc 250 pp !! A complete rip off unless you have a prior reservation to visit the library!
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 22, 2023
  • Bianca W
    London, United Kingdom1,088 contributions
    Can't actually go into the library without a reservation.
    While the two library halls are indeed gorgeous, the price feels very high for a cursory visit. You are not allowed into the library, you can only look at them from a roped off entrance. What you can see is absolutely beautiful, historically significant and stunning, I just wish you could actually wander around and explore more. There are a few exhibits outside the libraries, but not much information regarding them. Still nice to look at, but for the price I expected more.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written July 26, 2023
  • RaoulJean
    Tokyo, Japan618 contributions
    Beautiful libraries & extinct Dodo makes it worthwhile!
    For those interested in "cabinet of curiosities", the Strahov Library is a must. There are only a few show-cases but well worth the visit, as you'll see a long-extinct Dodo. The two gorgeous libraries can only be viewed from afar, which makes the entrance fee a bit steep. For a supplement, you can see the actual monastery. As for everything in Prague, it is better to come as early as possible to avoid the crowd.
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 31, 2023
  • Jambacy
    Dublin, Ireland737 contributions
    Library putting a cap on Education
    The library opens at 10am. I arrived early, but no one said you can buy a ticket online. Granted up to me to find out that information but 5 members of staff there and no one advised me of this. So buy a ticket online which means you don't have to queue to pay, the qr code can be scanned by staff and you can be booked in at the earliest tour. The student/ concesssion price is only up until 26. Not sure why it is limited as lots of people start studying or continue studying after the age of 26. Funny as world wide student cards are accepted with no age limit. After queuing from 9.40am to 10am when I got to the top of the queue the lady was booking me in for 11am but unfortunately I had another trip booked so did not do it. I do believe the view is meant to be spectacular!!! I deducted 3 points for staff delivery. The lady on reception desk was very rude in how she spoke to me. Disappointing as in all other tourist attractions I have been met with kindness, smiling faces and politeness. Hopefully anyone else visiting is met in a more courteous manner.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written January 28, 2024
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Wenovo
Morris County, NJ2,089 contributions
Oct 2019
My husband and I stayed in The Hotel Savoy for part of this trip. Excellent location for visit to the Library just steps away. There was always a line of people trying to get in, so it was convenient for us to choose the best time.

We visit when in Prague and I have written reviews in the past. There is so much one can google about the magnificent history and contents of the library. Do it before you go.

The Library survived a fire in the 16th century and was also damaged by the Hussite movement later on. Now it must survive hordes of tourists !

There are two halls stacked with books - floor to ceiling. The Theological Hall houses 18 thousand bibles. The ceiling with biblical motives is gorgeous.
The other - Philosophical Hall - houses over 40 thousand books. The frescoes on the ceiling are magnificent. The collection of the globes is amazing.

Clearly, the precious and priceless contents of the Library need to be protected from tourists, that come in large numbers and crowd into this relatively small space.
It was not built to accommodate crowds and it can not obviously be changed.
It must be preserved and protected !

It is an absolute necessity to have the Halls roped off. Otherwise, can anyone prevent tourists touching the books? It is not a "scam" it is a necessity !
There are large floor to ceiling openings into each Hall , the openings for viewing is certainly not a " door", as some reviewers described it.

It must be pretty obvious to reasonable people, that if left unchecked, tourists with selfie sticks roaming thru, could cause irreparable and very costly damage.

I would recommend this library, very much treasured by the Czech nation, only to visitors, who truly appreciate the enormous historical value, people who value books and history.

I have travelled all over Europe, visited art galleries, museums, libraries, paid high entrance fees, stayed behind ropes, obeyed the rules.
Never considered any visit a " scam " or "tourist trap" even if entrance fee seemed high. There is a high cost involved in preserving the Library for future generations .

I was thrilled that I could bring my adult, American born children here at one of our visits. I also treasure my childhood memories visiting here with my father many years ago.....

It is a very special place indeed ...

Till next time,
Dekuji a Nashledanou
Written September 6, 2020
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Daniel A
1 contribution
Jul 2022 • Family
TOTAL rip off. The only people giving this place a good review are the ones that pre-booked and managed to get inside the actual library. For the rest of us, 150 CZK per person rewards you with a 5 minute walk through a small dusty hallway with a view of the library rooms from afar. The icing on the cake was the extremely rude and unhelpful staff. Please avoid at all costs
Written July 2, 2022
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antoncarth
High Wycombe, UK620 contributions
Jan 2020
I found Strahov Library online before visited the city and was excited to get there and have a look, because on pictures looked great. But reality was different, you are not allowed to walk in the library and see books from close, there is a small door you can only look from distance the library. There are always a bunch of people at the entrance of library, so you struggle to take position and see the room actually is library. The ticket wasn't expensive but I cannot find the reason pay ticket only to see from distance the library. Although you have to pay extra money to allow you take pictures.
I don't recommend a visit to Stahov library.
Written January 19, 2020
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PragueMarek
Prague, Czech Republic107 contributions
Mar 2022
Disappointing. The halls are not freely accessible, you can only look in through the door. You can also see "curiosities" - exhibits in display cases that are not labelled, so you have no idea what they are.
For the 150 CZK entrance fee we expected more - at least live explanation, not just a brief description on paper.
You must pay an extra fee to take a photo "officially".
Price should be lower, or there could be an explanation from a guide.
Written March 6, 2022
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Kathryn A
Malmö, Sweden11 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
Do not waste your money on this as we did. We were not informed by the ticket seller that we would be unable to access the actual library rooms with our entrance tickets. This is only possible if you pre book a guided tour in advance at a more expensive cost. The tickets available on site allow you only up the stairs where the library rooms are roped off. Total waste of money. Personnel are also very unfriendly and unhelpful towards tourists and extremely rude. Unable to take any photos only for an extra fee!
Written July 2, 2022
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Hilary A
2 contributions
May 2023 • Couples
Beware - although you can by a ticket at the ticket office for the library it does not give you access to visit the library! If you wish to visit the library you need to email a request to join a tour in advance of your planned visit, otherwise the ticket merely entitles you to stand in a corridor with various cases of shells, butterflies and rocks and peer over a rope into the library -all for the princely sum of Kc 250 pp !! A complete rip off unless you have a prior reservation to visit the library!
Written May 22, 2023
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Jambacy
Dublin, Ireland737 contributions
Jan 2024 • Solo
The library opens at 10am. I arrived early, but no one said you can buy a ticket online. Granted up to me to find out that information but 5 members of staff there and no one advised me of this. So buy a ticket online which means you don't have to queue to pay, the qr code can be scanned by staff and you can be booked in at the earliest tour.

The student/ concesssion price is only up until 26. Not sure why it is limited as lots of people start studying or continue studying after the age of 26. Funny as world wide student cards are accepted with no age limit.

After queuing from 9.40am to 10am when I got to the top of the queue the lady was booking me in for 11am but unfortunately I had another trip booked so did not do it.

I do believe the view is meant to be spectacular!!!

I deducted 3 points for staff delivery. The lady on reception desk was very rude in how she spoke to me. Disappointing as in all other tourist attractions I have been met with kindness, smiling faces and politeness. Hopefully anyone else visiting is met in a more courteous manner.
Written January 29, 2024
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cvtmuench
Mesa, AZ224 contributions
May 2019
The monastery’s Strahov Library is the 2nd oldest church library in the Czech Republic with a collection of some 250,000 volumes including 3,000 manuscripts. The Strahov Evangeliary is undoubtedly one of the oldest and most precious manuscripts. Quite an extraordinary destination in Prague!
Written April 27, 2020
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Katie A
Coppell, TX4 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
We reached out in advance to book a special tour. Communication about the tour availability and terms was prompt and clear and much appreciated. Ivana provided our tour and wow! How lucky were we to get a private tour with a PhD who knew everything about the library and is so pleasant and kind! Learning about how they kept banned books locked in special cabinets, seeing how much of the world was known per the globes from the 1600s and 1700s, the secret starircase, and of course murals were highlights among so many others! The private tours are limited because they have to maintain the environment precisely to protect the books and other items and can't have too many people in a day. We loved it and next time will bring our teens.
Written July 10, 2022
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Aurore
1 contribution
Jul 2022
You can't get inside the actual library with a normal ticket, + the entry price doesn't include pictures or videos, you have to pay an extra fee. The "museum" outside is a recreation of a cabinet of curiosity, and it's not the most interesting thing ever. A bit disappointing for the cost.
Written July 29, 2022
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