Strahov Monastery
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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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zuv
Bucharest, Romania25,081 contributions
Aug 2021
There are several things you can do here. You can visit the church, for free. The interior is extraordinarily decorated.
Then you can visit, for a fee, the library,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 can also visit, also for a fee, the gallery, where you can see a series of old paintings, and the treasure, where there are many objects of worship of gold and precious stones.
There is also a brewery in the courtyard of the monastery, with very good beer. To visit everything, you need about 3 hours.
Written August 27, 2021
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DuncanTCH
Home705 contributions
Aug 2022
The Strahov Monastery not only is beautiful, but it also a testament to the endurance of the Czech republic. One of only two libraries to survive communism, the monastery is a beacon of free thought, education and acceptance. The library is stunning with gorgous ceiling frescos and wood carved bookcases. And the chapel/abbey is amazing. Definitely worth the visit and should be on anyone’s “must see” list for Prague.
Written November 11, 2022
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MAP12
New Orleans, LA495 contributions
May 2022
We were lucky enough to have a private tour of the library. It was AMAZING. I have read that others weren't allowed in the library, and there were people there when we were there that weren't allowed in - I guess you have to have a guided tour to actually go into them. It was WELL worth it, but before booking any tour I'd make sure that you'll be allowed in them. The view from the monastery is a good one, and free - you just walk around the church and down a short road. But the crowning glory is really the library.
Written June 10, 2022
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Mrsmcb
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Oct 2022 • Couples
Not worth the entrance fee to walk along a corridor with cabinets filled with not very interesting artefacts.

It wasn't clear when purchasing tickets that you wouldn't be able to access the library, only to view it from outside the room. You also had to pay extra to take photographs.

We only found out that you couldn't access the library after standing in a queue with others waiting to get in. They were all under the same impression as us.

Very rude staff who repeatedly kept shouting at us that we needed a reservation. After speaking to a few staff (all rude) to ask how we could get a ticket to enter and not getting any sense, we finally asked a tour guide who explained you needed to book a guide at least 2 months ahead and that it was quite expensive.

Although the libraries are stunning for the brief glimpse you get off them from the doorway, we wouldn't recommend wasting your money. Very disappointing 👎
Written October 12, 2022
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barcaranger
Andorra la Vella, Andorra1,762 contributions
Aug 2022 • Couples
A complete rip off . It started when we waited for it to open after lunch and there was an orderly which obviously was completed ignored ,when to doors were finally opened, by stampeding Russians . When you finally get to the front possibly the rudest girl in all of Prague suggested as I didn’t have the exact change 150 each plus 50 for the ticket to take photos I should go away and find change and come back later . I asked her if they were expecting visitors maybe they should arrange to have some change . We then asked to her to check whether they had included the photo licence she started. Shouting saying we should look at the ticket and brought the correct change , though obviously there’s was nothing to indicate the actual price outside. We then went upstairs where they checked our ticket . Went in and got a free guide in English from a very pleasant older lady. So this is what you get for your money two small door where you can see into the beautiful library along with hundreds of other people trying to do the same thing you also pass along the corridor which displays a whole bunch a 19 th century miscellaneous crepe which had no relationship to each other . Sea shells , dried fish , cannonballs , books . If you take your time expect to spend 3 minutes if you breeze past you can be out in 90 seconds.
Written August 28, 2022
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MatthiGroeger
Ulm, Germany20 contributions
Jul 2021 • Friends
Unfortunately, most of the library is now closed to visitors. You get to see a small random collection of fish and clams and you can get a glimpse inside two of the rooms which are marvellous, yet you cannot enter them. This information however is only given on a small print next to the ticket office. The entrance fee has not changed and is pretty steep at 150 CZK per person. Photo permission is an extra 50 CZK. A shame, since I've seen amazing pictures from friends who visited this place back when it was still open. Now it's mostly a waste of time and money. I would even call it a tourist trap. Not recommended.
Written July 31, 2021
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Lorrie W
Milwaukee, WI129 contributions
Feb 2022
I asked if the church was open and I was told it was open only to the faithful for service. The gallery is beautiful, but pictures are prohibited not because it would hurt the paintings, but the monastery sells a book that has all the images. It is a long walk to enter the monastery and I think they are stingy with what they share with the public. More irritating is their belief the they own these items, they are at the monastery because of a line of Christians before me who sacrificed so that the monastery could hold the treasures. Skip this visit, there are many other churches in Prague that offer a sense of the holy.
Written February 20, 2022
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girlscientist
San Francisco Bay Area8 contributions
Oct 2022 • Couples
Warning: They charge 150 CZK to get into the library section yet you can only view the actually library from the doorway. There is no forewarning that you cannot enter the library when/where you purchase the tickets. It gets worse…they have a sign posted at the library entrance stating that you cannot take photos of the space without paying an additional 50 CZK! What kind of a place is this?!!!
Written October 22, 2022
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Yevgeniy K
Minsk, Belarus29 contributions
Jan 2020
The gallery: 1000 masterpieces are promised. Not more than 50 are really available for visitors.
The library: a visitor is not able to enter into the halls. It's possible just look through the opened doors.
The cathedral: a visitor can see the interior in a half dark through a grill. There's no opportunity to enter inside and to see it properly.
So, a price of the tickets is higher than what a visitor can see really costs.
In addition the payments are accepted via cash only, that's not comfortable.
Written January 6, 2020
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AnnDT
NY20 contributions
Feb 2020 • Family
The gallery costs 450 kr for me and my daughter but there were relatively few things to see. The library cost another 450 with the added cost of photography permission however you can’t actually enter the. Library. You must take photos from the roped off entrance. I imagine it’s lovely in the spring with all of the outdoor cafes but In the winter not much to see.
Written February 19, 2020
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