If there’s one place to visit in Prague, it’s the magnificent Klementinum Library. A true literary treasure, the building is renowned for its collection of ancient books, old manuscripts and works of art.
To visit this library is to get a great insight into the history of Prague and the Czech Republic. Are you planning a trip to Prague and looking for beautiful places to visit? Let’s get started!
A brief history of Prague's Klementinum library
The history of the Klementinum library begins in the 11ᵉ century, when the religious authorities built a chapel dedicated to St. Clement. A century later, the Dominicans occupied the premises and then, in turn, transformed the building into a school and then a Latinist college.
During the 16ᵉ century, the building was extended to house the Charles University Library, which later became the Czech National Library Klementinum. As you can see, as well as being sumptuous, it’s also a place steeped in history.
Where is the library and how do I get there?
The Klementinum Library is located in the Old Town district, right next to the Vitava River. Getting there is pretty straightforward. Take the green metro to Staromeska station. It’s a five-minute walk to the monument.
You can also get there by bus. Just take the number 194 and stop at Marienské Namesti. Once there, just follow the signs to the Klementinum!
This place of great importance to the Czech capital is also close to the city center. There, you’ll find other monuments and, above all, magnificent photo spots to fill your social networks with precious memories.
Why visit the Clementinum with a guide?
The reason is simple: since 2023 a new itinerary has been created! Previously inaccessible, this route can now be visited in the company of a guide. This little novelty will offer regular visitors a not unpleasant sense of discovery.
But that’s not all. If this is your first visit, it’s best to take someone with you just to make sure you don’t miss anything. It’s the ideal way to discover one of the Czech capital’s most mythical landmarks. So don’t deprive yourself!
How much does a guided tour of the Clementinum cost?
Visiting the Klementinum doesn’t cost much, which is perfect for small budgets! If you go through our Treepeo site, in collaboration with GetYourGuide, you benefit from preferential rates. A guided tour will cost you the modest sum of 6 euros.
How do I book a guided tour of the Klementinum library?
Booking a ticket in advance is very simple. All you have to do is indicate the date of your visit and the number of people who will be attending.
You’ll then need to pay via internet and a confirmation e-mail once this payment has been validated. That’s it, you have absolutely nothing else to do. On the day of your visit, go to the venue, show your email or receipt, collect your ticket and off you go.
What you need to know about guided tours of the Klementinum library
On site, wheelchair users will unfortunately not be admitted. What’s more, the entrance ticket, which also includes the guided tour, must be exchanged at the reception desk for a voucher that will allow you to wander around the grounds. Don’t forget it, or you won’t be allowed in… which would be a real shame.