Klementinum

Klementinum, Prague: Hours, Address, Klementinum Reviews: 3.5/5

Klementinum
3.5
Historic Sites • Architectural Buildings
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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The most attractive parts of the sightseeing tour include the Astronomical Tower, with a beautiful view of the historical center of Prague, Meridian hall, a unique room previously used for determining noon and Baroque library hall with beautiful frescoes and several historically valuable globes. We offer romantic evening for two, propose to your sweetheart, surprise your love by making a proposal in the most romantic tower in the heart of Prague! We’ll organize the whole betrothal according to your wishes. Taking photos of night Prague.
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Neighborhood: Stare Mesto (Old Town)
One of the oldest neighborhoods in town represents the medieval heart of Prague. It’s no surprise it is bustling with tourists every time of day. Križovnický square, overlooking Charles Bridge with Prague Castle in the background, is probably the most beautiful square in the city. Its unique historical atmosphere of gothic houses and churches, cobblestone streets and squares, and stone towers blend together with the modern era. A vast array of bars, restaurants, dance clubs, international brand shops, galleries and hotels bring life to the old city. With its charming and picturesque cobblestone streets, the nightlife and parties will surely be unforgettable.
How to get there
  • Old Town • 3 min walk
  • bridge • 8 min walk
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JRMADA
United States785 contributions
This place only has the Baroque Library to show for, The rest is just filler time to give you the impression that you are getting a lot of time for your money. They keep the Library with low light and it is hard to appreciate what is in there. Plus you only have a few moments to see it and NO pictures of any kind (even cell phone with no flash) are allowed, so that they can sell you a postcard at the end. The only postcard they have doesn’t even show the whole room. You see the Library from a small doorway on the ground floor only. There are lots of helical narrow step stairs, and on the top floors there are narrow steep wooden steps making it very challenging for people with limited mobility, health conditions, or the elderly. Look for images of the Library on line and see it that way as you’ll probably see it better. Don’t let anyone here or elsewhere tell you that pictures of the Library are allowed because they are NOT and they watch and yell at you for it. Don’t waste your money here.
Written July 20, 2022
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Linn
9 contributions
Family
Not worth it. The guide did not know
Anything apart from what can be read on Wikipedia. Also, better pictures and you get to actually SEE more on Wikipedia than the original thing. Guide was utterly BORED.. and english was difficult to understand.
Written July 12, 2022
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DonnyD_mjx
6 contributions
Visiting Klementinum was a disappointment. We expected to see the the baroque library - one of its kind - but in fact we were only allowed to have a quick glimpse inside from the doorway. The guide's explanation was very monotonous and presented in an uninteresting way. The view from the Astronomical Tower was very nice, though.
Written July 11, 2022
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Garfieldluvr
Denver, CO723 contributions
Due to the mixed reviews, I was unsure if I wanted to see this while we were in Prague. While we were there, I decided to grab tickets and I am really glad that I did, it was wonderful! First, we saw the library which was breathtaking, one of the prettiest libraires in the world. Then we went to the astronomical tower and was shown some of the tools that they used which was actually really interesting. At the end, you can climb to the top of the observation tower to get some great pictures of Prague. Our tour guide was fantastic, and told us that we could leave at anytime (some people just wanted to see the library, and then left). I would recommend this attraction, but know what you are getting (you cannot access the library, can only look in) before you go.
Written June 8, 2022
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Patrick R
Calgary, Canada41 contributions
The library was stunning. Only second to the Long Room in Dublin, in my view. They dont let you go in, so you take pics at the door. There is a pretty steep climb to the top, but the view is worth it.
Written May 28, 2022
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AttitudeAdjuster
Gillingham, UK882 contributions
Probably the most expensive 'tour' I took, and definitely very poor value at 300 crowns/£10+. They will put up to 20 people on the tour which is far too many.
The guide started bombarding us with history before visiting the Baroque Library - by visiting I mean we were allowed to stand behind a rail about 3 feet inside the doorway so I cannot say I have visited the library, beautiful as it looks.
The Meridian gallery is really nothing.
Finally we went to the top of the tower which is of course the highlight but much more expensive than any other tower I visited.
You are left to make your own way out, and the bit I wanted to see (The Mirror Chapel) is not included in the tour.
Sorry but I recommend you avoid this place.
Written May 22, 2022
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Neil K
Liverpool, UK611,723 contributions
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I love nothing better than walking around the beautiful Old Town ,lots of lovely square's ,one such beautiful square is Marianske Namesti ( Virgin Mary Square ) which has some beautiful buildings on ,obviously the Prague City Hall is the most famous but in my opinion The Clementinum ( Klementinum ) is the most beautiful.
This is the biggest complex of buildings in Prague behind the Castle Complex ,constructed in the 16th century originally as a Jesuit dormitory ,nowadays it's a popular tourist attraction ,the Baroque library is stunning ,the interior is amazing and the tours here are well attended ,all in all a beautiful building in the Old Town to check out and easy to locate on Marianske Namesti .
Written May 18, 2022
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PavlaPavla
Chrudim, Czech Republic5,598 contributions
The tour took about 40 minutes and we had to climb many stairs, mostly very narrow and spiral. If you have problems with walking or you are afraid of heights, this attraction is not for you.

The beautiful baroque library can only be seen through the open door. Even if you can't enter, the view from the door is worth it. The view of Prague from the astronomical tower is absolutely amazing.

Taking pictures without flash is allowed. You can take this tour only with a guide.
Written May 9, 2022
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DanyiTamas
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My mother is a guide and she said that she can not recommend to anyone to visit this place. I have to agree with her. There are only english language guided tours if you'd like to "visit" the baroque library and these cost too much and show to little. "Visiting" the library means that you stand in the door of the room and are allowed to take a photo with your smartphone if the flash is turned off. This is illogical. If I can take a photo with a smartphone (that I personally do not own) why can't I take one with a real DSLR camera without flash? In St. Gallen, Switzerland we were not allowed to take photos - we had to put both the phones and the cameras in a box - but we could enter the room and walk among the books. Probably the gallery part of the complex could have worth it, but it was closed. As I could not use my camera I can not upload any photos of the library that would worth it.
Written April 30, 2022
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prevfrompurley
Toronto, Canada48 contributions
for a tourist hot spot, the Klementinum is not welcoming to tourist.

We lined up for the first tour of the day. VERY grumpy old man at entrance taking your money .There were about 15 people waiting. We were shown an open hand directing us through doors to a small area with stone stairs to get to the first landing. NOT FOR ANYONE WITH MOBILITY ISSUES. You must be mobile enough to climb many open narrow spiral stairs up to the 'library' area.

This is something they dont tell tourist waiting in line. You will only find out after they take your money!

There is a very small elevator which the guide has a special pass for but it will only hold 3 people and would not be big enough to a take a wheelchair . It is meant only for staff but the guide was kind enough to take pity on us as I have knee problems and would not have made it up the open spiral staircase. Only one person at a time can climb them, not wide enough for two to climb alongside each other.

The viewing of the library is only through a small open doorway which maybe 5 or so people can stand in at a time. You ARE NOT ALLOWED TO GO INTO THE LIBRARY as the books are so delicate and the area is kept at a certain temperature . It is spectacular but you only have a couple of mins to take a photo before letting another person view it to take their photo. You can also see how mathematicians d determine 'noon' using the ray of sunlight .

There are many more stairs to climb if you want to continue up to the viewing area of the Astronomical tower, the problem is you have to come down those very steep wooden stairs and there is nothing to hold onto like a handrail coming down. My husband did it but I waited below.

The entry was 300 czk koruna person. 200 czk for senior. This library was on our list to do when we were planning our trip to Prague . It was nice to see but was not a tourist friendly venue.
Written April 26, 2022
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