Place Of Worship
Strahov Monastery (Czech: Strahovský klášter) is a Premonstratensian abbey founded in 1143 by Jindřich Zdík, Bishop John of Prague, and Vladislaus II, Duke of Bohemia. It is located in Strahov, Prague, Czech Republic.
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We really liked this place. We ate at the restaurant outside the main area by the tennis court and the food was wonderful. We tried the beer and it was very good too. The grounds a very large and there's a lot to see. The picture gallery owns over 1,500 items and there's a nice selection on display. You also get to see several of the rooms that are decorated with lovely frescos. Of course there is a special display for Saint Norbert.
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Breath taking library. Beautiful view of Pargue from restaurant terrace. Highly recommend stopping for some beer before venturing downhill towards the castle. Next time I would arrange tour so could actually go inside library as is done by reservation only and would be more worth it. Some people may not be happy with price for what you get and having to pay for photos but it is such a beauty it is worth it.
The two libraries are the main attraction here, although there are some interesting books and artifacts on display here as well. A private tour can be booked in advance, but doesn't seem to offer much more than what's available on Wikipedia. The tour does get you in the libraries, but you can see quite well from the doorway. My best advice is to arrive promptly at 9am, buy your ticket and photography permit before tour groups show up.
Super cool library. It's definitely a quick trip. If you want a closer more in-depth experience you will need to book a tour. There is a link to booking big tours on their website. If you don't have a lot of time it's still worth popping in. It's about $5 to get in. Another $2 if you want to be allowed to use your camera (in non-flash mode). It's a pleasant walk / loop to go to the monastery, swing by the Loreta Church and then continue down to Prague Castle. You can also do the walk in reverse.
Reachable by foot from Petrin Tower (on which you will pas a beautiful park area) or Prague Castle complex. Entry to the Library and Gallery costs CZK 120 each. I didn't enter myself, but from Googling it seems to be heavenly beautiful there.
Worth a visit.