Strahov Library

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Neighborhood: Hradcany & Letna
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roy t
4 contributions
Dec 2021 • Couples
The library was very expensive for the fact that you couldn't enter the library itself. You could only see it from a distance and even had to pay extra to have permission to make a picture. The 'museum' that's with it is only one hallway with some random old objects.
Written January 3, 2022
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Bronislav Snídal
2 contributions
Aug 2022 • Solo
As a czech national I'm disappointed by the policy. For entry fee of 150 Kč (pretty standard) you get just an entry to the corridor with several curiosities on display along with old books (for wich I give my 1 star :) ). You have only got a peak to the library itself and on top of what you paid you need to pay extra 50 czk for taking a picture? Where is this policy coming from? There is no information on website about the need to book a tour in advance and it is just ridiculous to see families with apparently prebooked tour walking in restricted areas touching old globes etc. Bearing in mind that the staff cannot explain this to foreign visitors as their level of english is very low. Place is beautiful (2nd star) but it could be so much better experience if somebody knew how to do things right.
Written August 10, 2022
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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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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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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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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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zuv
Bucharest, Romania25,081 contributions
Aug 2021
There are two magnificently decorated rooms, which, unfortunately, you can admire only from the door. And there is a narrow and long room where you can see various oddities gathered by monks in the past. You have to pay an extra fee if you want to take pictures. Card payments are accepted.
Written August 27, 2021
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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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Escape46869962745
3 contributions
Sep 2022 • Family
The views of Prague are stunning from the monastery and it’s a beautiful walk from there to the castle and old town. The ticket for the library is a waste of money as they will only allow you stand in a dusty corridor and look through the door . The staff were rude and there was an extra charge to take a photo. A total waste of money .
Written September 25, 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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