Strahov Monastery
Strahov Monastery
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Neighbourhood: 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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  • Lynne P
    2 contributions
    A must for beer lovers.
    Maybe it was just us but it took a bit of finding and it’s a long walk from the centre of town but once we got there it was brilliant. We went primarily to go to the brewery and husband is a beer lover. The food was superb and the beer was great but what really made it (apart from the wonderful setting) was the fantastic staff. They were warm and friendly but also very efficient. Be prepared to share a table with strangers as it is always busy.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 April 2023
  • AmarilisVos
    Jabbeke, Belgium2,318 contributions
    Restricted access
    We visited the monastery on March 29. There are different types of tickets. We took the one where we could visit the libraries and the exhibition in the monastery. It is not possible to enter the libraries. You can only admire them from the outside. Most of the staff do not speak English. They tried to tell us something, but we couldn't understand them. They were persistent and rude to a francophone woman. The monastery has an art gallery and a beautiful ceiling in the summer refectory.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 13 April 2023
  • Pebbles
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates36 contributions
    Most popular monastery to visit
    The history of the monastery was incredible, both libraries are open for a peek. You have to book a tour of the library weeks ahead which I didn’t know and I was only able to view both libraries from the door. The interior was amazing, I wish I had a closer look of hundreds of years old books. They don’t allow too many people inside the library to protect its books collection, I saw only a couple and a guide allowed inside. The monastery and its grounds and church I was able to enjoy very much and also available are restaurants and a cafe with a gorgeous view of castle and old town.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 2 May 2023
  • Brandon G
    5 contributions
    Go for the beer!
    The monastery wasn’t that much fun due to the lack of access. However, the beer garden was like a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. After climbing up the hill to get there, we were rewarded with a delicious lager. The fun was good as well.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 July 2023
  • MatthewASharp
    Torquay, United Kingdom1,980 contributions
    Not worth the ticket price
    Firstly the good The actual library is lovely with a fresco ceiling The grounds it's set in is tranquil with a lovely view of Praha The bad The monestray is permanently shut The ticket price is only for the chance to view the library from the door way Nowhere other than on TA reviews does it say that you can't go in. Mind you as my daughter stated. It's actually for the best to continue its preservation The numerous artifacts in their cabinets are without any help to inform you of what they are. Other than the obvious items on show Slightly letdown by the 'attraction'
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 10 September 2023
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Julie
Tel Aviv, Israel34 contributions
Dec 2023 • Friends
They don't allow you inside the library itself; you can only see it from the doorstep, and that's a shame.
Written 16 December 2023
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Cherise van Egten
Den Helder, The Netherlands38 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
It is one of the most stunning libraries we walked upon. All the more it is an shame it is one long corridor with cords before every door, so you can’t walk in the library rooms itself.
Written 28 November 2023
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Michael V
Philadelphia, PA33 contributions
Sept 2023 • Solo
The Strahov Monastery contains what is said to be one of the most beautiful libraries in the world. I have to agree. My experience here was fantastic. I had read about people’s disappointing experiences here due to the fact that you can only view the library from a door, that is WITHOUT a private tour. However, if you email the Monastery you can arrange a private tour for $90 for one person, $115 for two. This is in my opinion the only way to really enjoy the library.

My guide was Ivana, she guided me through the different library halls while telling me about the fascinating history of the place. I learned so much I would have never known by just looking through a door. I was permitted to take as many pictures as I wanted and get super up and close to the books. It was incredible to get a close look at some of those ancient tomes, plus little secrets throughout the library like the hidden staircase.

Overall, if you love baroque interior design and historic libraries, do not miss this on your visit to Prague. Easy to reach too. Just keep walking up the hill beyond the castle and when you reach the top, you’re there!
Written 27 October 2023
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MatthewASharp
Torquay, UK1,980 contributions
Sept 2023 • Family
Firstly the good

The actual library is lovely with a fresco ceiling

The grounds it's set in is tranquil with a lovely view of Praha

The bad

The monestray is permanently shut

The ticket price is only for the chance to view the library from the door way

Nowhere other than on TA reviews does it say that you can't go in. Mind you as my daughter stated. It's actually for the best to continue its preservation

The numerous artifacts in their cabinets are without any help to inform you of what they are. Other than the obvious items on show

Slightly letdown by the 'attraction'
Written 10 September 2023
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Dan B
Hamlin, NY7 contributions
Aug 2023 • Solo
The Monastery grounds were really beautiful! It was a long uphill walk to get there from my hotel but well worth it. I had lunch in the restaurant there, it was delicious. I would highly recommend a visit if you go to Prague.
Written 1 September 2023
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Chris M
14 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
The old angry Soviet era women that staff the ticket booths, rest rooms, etc ruin this mildly interesting monastery. It’s a long walk and most of the attractions are closed until November 2023, so think twice. The ticket office doesn’t understand what areas of the monastery are available and we were told we didn’t have “the right ticket” for one portion, but the ticket office told us we had the only ticket available. Just nuts….advice….skip the monastery and have another delicious Czech beer.
Written 31 August 2023
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Brandon G
5 contributions
Jul 2023 • Couples
The monastery wasn’t that much fun due to the lack of access. However, the beer garden was like a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. After climbing up the hill to get there, we were rewarded with a delicious lager. The fun was good as well.
Written 27 July 2023
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Annie I
Plovdiv, Bulgaria103 contributions
Jun 2022 • Friends
You really need to go out of your way to visit the monastery, which we did solely for the libraries. The staff doesn't speak English, when you get a ticket you are given a sheet of paper with information you can read and that is it. They do have papers in different languages.
Once you enter you can only go up and down the hallway and view the libraries from the door, you can't get in. To take photos, you need to pay as well.
They did have a small group with a guide inside, however they were not allowed that much access either. No information anywhere, not even the register on how to get tickets for inside if you would like to.
The monastery itself was nice, but nothing special. Not worth the trip.
Written 10 May 2023
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salamei
Marseille, France1 contribution
Apr 2023 • Friends
Terrible experience and a big scam from the monastery. When you buy a ticket, no one tells you that you will not be able to visit the monastery or the library, you can only visit the outside of the main room, the employees are rude and do not speak any international language, nor do they have a manager with whom you can talk about the usury of their employees. In the cathedral where someone's wedding was being held, the father of the monastery let the tourists who had paid for the ticket out of the monastery. Terrible service and they don't know how to treat tourists at all.
Written 4 May 2023
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Pebbles
Dubai, United Arab Emirates36 contributions
May 2023 • Solo
The history of the monastery was incredible, both libraries are open for a peek. You have to book a tour of the library weeks ahead which I didn’t know and I was only able to view both libraries from the door. The interior was amazing, I wish I had a closer look of hundreds of years old books. They don’t allow too many people inside the library to protect its books collection, I saw only a couple and a guide allowed inside. The monastery and its grounds and church I was able to enjoy very much and also available are restaurants and a cafe with a gorgeous view of castle and old town.
Written 2 May 2023
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