The city of Prague is the stuff of bookworms' fantasies. In addition to its many world-famous libraries and independently owned bookstores, the Czech capital has given birth to many distinguished authors, including Franz Kafka and Václav Havel. It was awarded a UNESCO City of Literature at the end of 2014.
Here are the top ten reasons why Prague is the place to be for all book lovers.
10 The Globe Bookstore - A Unique Meeting Place For Readers
Expect to be greeted by a friendly Englishman at the front desk when you enter the Globe Bookstore, which houses a wide selection of hand-picked quality titles. Located in the center of Prague, in a 130-year-old building with nine-meter vaulted ceilings, the bookstore's café features literary readings and live music, providing a gathering space for book enthusiasts from all walks of life.
- Address: Pštrossova 6, 110 00 Nové Město, Czechia
- Website: Globebookstore.cz
9 Franz Kafka Museum - A Space To Delve Into The Life And Work Of Prague's Literary Icon.
Famous Bohemian writer, Franz Kafka's museum provides a weird and exciting tour into the heart of his city while educating visitors about his works. The first division of the museum, "Existential Space," looks into how the city influenced and shaped his life, as seen by his diaries and letters. In contrast, the second part, "Imaginary Topography," delves into how Kafka constructed the layers of his imaginary metropolis.
- Address: Cihelná 635, 118 00 Malá Strana, Czechia
- Website: kafkamuseum.cz
8 The Prague Municipal Library - Where To View Of A Towering Stack Of Books
Entering the Prague Municipal Library at Marianske Square, visitors see a spiraling tower of books in a cylinder shape. Matej Kren's installation, dubbed Idiom, touches the roof and a tear-shaped rupture produces a ten-foot hole on the tower's side. The Prague Municipal library has worked tirelessly to provide easy access to cultural riches despite barriers like Nazi occupation and severe floods in 2002. Take a break from the usual touring and rejuvenate yourself here.
- Address: Mariánské nám. 98/1, 110 00 Josefov, Czechia
- Website: mlp.cz
7 Book Therapy - A Relaxing Environment for Readers
Its name says it all: Book Therapy is an independent bookstore that offers customers a therapeutic experience. Located in Prague's Vinohrady district, the store holds books on various creative genres in a 50-square-meter space. The founders are enthusiastic about the book purchasing experience and aim to convey this to their consumers. As a result, they devised a novel concept, "Book Therapy VIP Experience," where you can enjoy browsing books with a glass of wine all by yourself.
- Address: 35, Římská 1199, Vinohrady, 120 00 Praha, Czechia
- Website: booktherapy.cz
6 Book World Prague - A Bookworm's Treasure Chest
Book World Prague is the Czech Republic's most prominent book event, and it features around 800 writers and illustrators each year in 650 related activities. Hosted by the Industrial Palace, a significant Art Nouveau structure built in 1891, the festival attracts more than 50 000 visitors and more than 400 exhibitors, who collectively occupy around 4 000 m2 of exhibition space. Aside from attending awards ceremonies, guests participate in professional seminars, author readings, and publisher presentations.
- Address: Fügnerovo nám. 1808/3, 120 00 Praha 2
- Website: svetknihy.cz
5 The National Library of the Czech Republic - Arguably The World's Most Beautiful Library
The Czech Republic's National library's primary facility is the historic Clementinum, which houses nearly half of the library's collection. The library has domestic and international literature and often holds the world's most beautiful library title. It features a splendid central reading room where the Jesuit College's main eating hall once was. Its vaulted ceilings, Greek-style columns, and enormous fresco make the library one of the most spectacular reading spaces ever created.
- Address: Klementinum 190, 110 00 Josefov, Czechia
- Website: en.nkp.cz
4 Artmap Bookstore - A Portal To The World Of Art
ArtMap Bookstore is a four-minute walk from Prague National Theatre. It is the perfect place to discover art books by contemporary Czech artists and explore previously unchartered art and modern texts on visual culture. The bookshop aspires to blur the barriers between books and art, literature and the visual arts, and introduce new or previously unexplored issues to the public's attention. The shop also sells posters, T-shirts, and bags designed by authors and artists.
- Address: Vojtěšská 196/18, 110 00 Nové Město, Czechia
- Website: knihy.artmap.cz
3 Academy of Sciences Library - A Neo-Renaissance Retreat For Study and Work
With a home on the right bank of the Vltava River, the Academy of Sciences Library is a perfect location for studying, working, or simply relaxing after a day of city sightseeing. It contains a wealth of material about the environment, wildlife, and the universe. For only 10 CZK (41 cents) a day, you'll enter a neo-renaissance hall interweaved with contemporary design by utilizing modern dazzling green lighting and charging stations for electronics at each workstation.
- Address: Národní 1009/3, 110 00 Staré Město, Czechia
- Website: lib.cas.cz
2 The Strahov Library - A Convergence Of Two Grand Halls
One of the world's most prominent libraries is the Strahov Library. It consists of two halls dominated by ceiling frescoes. The library's oldest component, the Baroque Theological Hall, houses theological books, while the Philosophical Hall is a two-story structure added half a century later. Its frescoed roof includes Biblical and Philosophical wisdom. Reservations are required for both halls, either directly with the library or through a tour operator. There is also a photography cost.
- Address: Strahovské nádvoří 132/1, 118 00 Praha 1-Hradčany, Czechia
- Website: strahovskyklaster.cz
1 PageFive Bookstore - A Covert Spot For Art Book Collectors
PageFive is an excellent site for art book lovers. The glass bookstore and publishing house's simple design allows for a professional selection of famous domestic and foreign book creations, focusing on fine arts and visual culture. Located close to the Letna Gardens, the bookstore doubles as a small independent gallery.
- Address: Veverkova 5, 170 00 Praha 7-Letná, Czechia
- Website: pagefive.com