Clementinum is a complex of baroque buildings of a Jesuit collegium, which is currently occupied by the National Library of the Czech Republic. Located in the Prague quarter of Stare Mesto, near Charles Bridge. With an area of 20 thousand square meters. m. Clementinum among the historical and architectural complexes of the Czech capital is second only to Prague Castle in size. Since 2005, listed in the international registry "Memory of the World"
Mariánské náměstí 5, Staré Město
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Great place! Full of history. Organized tours with stories about the library. Unfortunately the library cam only be seen from the entrance door in order to preserve books. Great view of Prague from the tower!
Kurt De Ridder
Great historical place to see. The library itself can only briefly be seen from the outside, but to prevent any damage to this legendary library, this is the right thing to do. The rest of the tour with the astronomy tower, including the view over Pr.. Read more »ague from the top was breathtaking. Two thumbs up as well to our guide Miro!
The most beautiful library of the world , very very ornated which holds soooo many books and tge view from the tower was great.
Only bad thing is I booked the time slot that was narrated by a Czech speaker but on the website it didn't specify wh.. Read more »ich language will be spoken. Also the time is very limited to be there.
We were so glad we visited! The views were amazing and the library was beautiful. Book ahead or stop by in the morning to reserve tickets. We went to grab tickets one afternoon and the remaining timeslots were somewhat limited. The steps at the top .. Read more »are super steep, I have a hard time with heights and coming down was a little slow-going for me.
Be aware of the “first hour 50% off discount” because they only do it if there are sufficient people in the first hour!!!!! Kinda of a scam but okay.
Regarding the price it’s okay, not super cheap but at least a nice view and explan.. Read more »ation of the library and astronomical tower
We went to a classical music concert in the church (Vivaldi's Four Seasons) and had the best time. The orchestra was amazing and the acoustics of the church made the entire experience that much more impressive. The ticket was more than reasonabl.. Read more »e for the hour long concert. I recommend it, if you have the time for it.
I found it overrated. The sightseeing tour lasts only 50 minutes. The tourists are not allowed to enter the library and have only a few minutes to take a look inside. And it is rather dark inside, so you won't see a lot. The overlook terrace is.. Read more » nice, but very narrow, and you have only 10 minutes to take pictures.
Amazing to get a glimpse on the library! View over Prague is really nice from there. Minus point: they don't have a toilet. Probably better to buy tickets upfront as it was sold out already and we could get in by luck only. And might be better .. Read more »with guided tour! Must be nice to Also see a concert there.
You can’t enter by yourself, you have to pay 300 Krone for a tour that you have to schedule before.
The guide was amazing and she described perfectly everything, the library was amazing to see even though you can’t enter.
You have to clim.. Read more »b a lot of stairs but it pays of in the view above.
The library and view are wonderful. I could stay in the library for hours and hours, it’s a shame you can only look in and can’t really enter into it.
Our tour guide was mediocre at best, he didn’t really know anything and suggeste.. Read more »d if we had any questions to google them or go to the National Library next door.
The library as genuinely one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen, so it’s definitely worth seeing, just don’t expect much from the tour.
Beautiful, it takes you to another space-time, however, it's a pity we cannot enter to the library, we have to see it from a door that the guide is opening, then you enter a bit but that's all. I understand that they have to preserve that b.. Read more »eautiful piece of art and history, but for the price it costs you have the feeling that everything is very short and rushed. After, you can go to the top of the tower and enjoy the wonderful cityscape.
I was hoping that we will be able to walk around in the Baroque library but you are not allowed to go in. They only let you look at it from one open door.
In addition, the tour was shorted than advertised and the guide didn't share much informa.. Read more »tion. Most of the time we were left to review items alone.
The view from the top of the tower is great.
Price is a bit expensive for what you can get from the guided tour but our guide was amazing. She is very friendly and enthusiastic. I enjoyed all her anecdotes delivered with a slide of humour. You can’t go inside the library (which was off-pu.. Read more »tting for me to learn) but as the guide explained, it is barred from the public for all the right reasons. You can still take a picture or two (no flash) without any problem. Spiral stairs are a bit of a nightmare for me personally because they aren’t only steep but also small. 360 view up top was worth it though!
Not worth to spend €12. For the unknown reason you can't take any photo of the library. But I saw some private photos in social media taken by people who joined concerts and other gatherings!
Wooden stairs on the top floor are very dangero.. Read more »us. I don't think it's very difficult to renovate the wooden stairs by attaching some metal borders/ plates on the foot steps.
360° rooftop view was enjoyable.
Jean Martinez-Le Ninan
Website says the tour takes 50min but it's more like 30min. We don't really get to visit the library (to preserve the state of the books). However, we can take pictures from the entrance of the library. The tour guide doesn't give much.. Read more » information, just the bare minimum. On the plus side, exhibitions are well maintained, view from the astronomical tower is spectacular and it was interesting overall.
Absolutely amazing view overlooking Prague from astrological tower. Beware steep wooden stairs though.
I regret a lot it's not allowed to take a picture of historical baroque library. However we enjoyed at least the atmosphere of building and in.. Read more »teresting tour.
My wife and I enjoyed walking into history and watching these old books dating back centuries. The architecture is amazing and the library is a must see on your visit to the city. Highly recommended
Great to learn some history but unfortunately you cannot go into the library or even take photos. However they do bring you all the way upstairs to a great view of the city! Beware… do not take the tour if you have vertigo or have trouble goin.. Read more »g up stairs (there is a very steep staircase and over 190 stairs to climb)
Beautiful building with a baroque library. The tour guide was good and gave good information. Just wished we could have entered into the library, but understand that's for the conservation of the books. The view up at the tower is great.
The baroque library is beautiful but you really do only get a little peek from the door. The tour is interesting, be prepared to climb narrow spiral stairs (a BIG no-no if you’re scared of heights); that being said, they were kind enough to le.. Read more »t me take the lift to the the first few floors. Great view from the astronomy tower if you’re okay stepping on to a narrow ledge with fellow tour members jostling/ pushing for a better view / shot...
Dino Dedic Gidman
Really interesting historical place, especially if you are interested in Astronomy. The guided tour in English was good and we had plenty of time to look around.
The library was spectacular! And I didn't expect that we were going to climb all th.. Read more »ey way up to the tower and get to see the view from the top. It was really cool.
I wouldn't recommend this if you are scared of heights and also steep (and old) stairs.
Beautiful museum in the middle of city center. The ticket price was fair and already include tour guide who give excellent explanation. It was complete and clear enough. The library was had beautiful art on the ceiling and designed so well. There.. Read more »9;s a very beautiful view from the tower. It's worth every penny n every second of your time.
If you're into astronomy and not afraid of stairs you should not miss it. Old time instruments, the most amazing library I've ever seen and great views of the city, specially at sunset.. Worth the 176 narrow steps to reach the top
Amazing place to visit. I have been to Prague already twice before but it was my first time here. The guide was really nice and the visit was well explained. Both the library and the tower are interesting with fascinating history.
Beautifly preserved baroque library. Very important information about the place is that you are allowed to see the library through the doors, no pictures allowed. But for those who are there to experience it, it is great place to visit. The tour took.. Read more » around 45 minutes with tour guide, we had amazing views from the astronomical tower. However, to get to the top we had to go through quite narrow stairs, I was scared a bit but it is manageable. We really enjoyed it.
Cool place to visit. As a geographer I thought it was really awesome. You can only get inside with a tour. You cannot get into the library, you'll be able to take a look from the room next. It's probably to preserve the books, which is comp.. Read more »letely understandable.
The tour also takes you up to the tower and you get a cool view from the roof and to the place where the astronomers used to work.
The library was interesting to see. We had plenty of time on top of the tower to enjoy the view. The tour itself went a bit fast but on the way down there was more time to look at the exhibits in the rooms.
Helpful and friendly staff who answered all of the curious questions of the group. Amazing place, astonishing library and view. Very interesting history!
The place itself is beautiful, but the service and facilities are extremely poor. First of all, you can't see the library inside - you are only allowed to stand at the entrance's door at take a slight look from the distance which is totally.. Read more » not worth €12 of ticket!
Then you basically pay for climbing 172 stairs and see just very few pieces of history with no barely any sign on it. I understand that you maybe have no funds to maintain them, but at least reduce the price so people won't go out of it thinking "What did I pay the ticket for?"
Very disappointed. I come from Vienna, where if you pay €12 for a museum, there so many thinks that you won't make it to see all of them.
A fantastically persevered peace of history. So much of today's astronomy came from this place. People like Kepler did their work in this place.
And the baroque library is definitely the best library i have ever seen.
Our tour guide was also fa.. Read more »ntastic.
A complex containing one of the most beautiful libraries in the world.
The Clementinum is a large complex that once was a university, but which now has been almost entirely converted into a library. The famous Baroque library at the heart of the com.. Read more »plex can still be viewed, but pictures are not allowed here. The building can only be accessed on guided tours. The Astronomical Tower is included as part of the tour, and the instruments used to measure midday, as well as the old telescopes are on display. The top of the tower gives great views of the Old Town of Prague.
For the visit in Czech Republic I would recommend this. It is around 300 Czech to get in but the view is very breathtaking.
In love with prague, if you are in prague just tey to explore it with walking to enjoy every street, many attractions places, nice people
It is amazing - magic place! You really feel the history there)
So you pay 300 Kc to go up the tower and go down 20-30 min max
Filled with random things. Most things there are replicas or don’t even belong to the building
Guide was friendly but his English was bad (usually I don’t care for language .. Read more »nor accents but in this case I needed to understand what was going on)
I believe seeing it from outside was more than enough :)
We were in the Clementinum yesterday and we would say that you should visit it only if you don't have anything to do in Prag. The price is way too high for the things you get: the tour (mandatory) is done by people that you notice that don'.. Read more »t have really idea of what they are saying. Our guide said one time "historical stuff". Although Corona is still around, large groups are being crammed into the tiny spaces so that you cannot keep any distance in some parts. Also they have no toilets. The 1 min view on the library and on the town are beautiful but not worth the money and stress. Better use that money in couple of good beers :)
We had a good time. The food was great, we just had some burgers though. The trains bringing out our food and beer was awesome. It was a good time. If you're in Prague it's worth a stop.
Tour was very nice, our guide was so kind. The smell of library blew me away. And I met with an amazing girl there, I hope I never loose her ❤️?
We really wanted to visit this place, so we went for it even though there was only a guided tour available ( you can’t go visit on your own) the ticket was 300 Kc/ pers and the tour-guide( a young lady) spoke English which was grea! The not so .. Read more »great was the fact that she wasn’t having a good day and she kinda took it out on some older and non English speakers ( she was quite impolite) . The other thing that wasn’t very appealing was the rush she did the tour with. Me and my husband didn’t get the chance to enjoy the place .
All in all, I wouldn’t recommend this tour because it is not worth it. The beautiful library in the pictures it’s not actually open for visitors. There is a small balcony from where you can look at it and that’s pretty much it.
We had a fantastic tour with a very friendly, helpful and knowledgeable guide.
The library is so impressive and stunning and I personally enjoyed the smell of old books, call me a weirdo ?
The tours aren't rushed and after climbing the endless s.. Read more »tairs of the tower you are rewarded with a breathtaking view over Prague.
Special thanks to our lovely tour guide who took my mum up with the lift as she has a damaged foot and would've missed it if it wasn't for him.
Loïc Op de Beek
Very nice place to see. Unfortunately you cannot see the library upclose. And it's only guided tour. You get an amazing view of Prague at the end of the visit by climbing the observation tour !
It was great to see the Baroque library. It’s absolutely beautiful. The view from the top is even better though! My guide (Danek? I may remember wrong) was so enthusiastic and made learning so fun. The meridian room was interesting too. Even if.. Read more » you go for the views alone, it’s absolutely worth it.