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Speculum Alchemiae, Prague
(4.4/5 based on 480+ reviews on the web)
Discover places where alchemists made the elixir of eternal youth and the philosopher's stone at Speculum Alchemiae. The museum houses secret alchemical laboratories that were built for King Rudolf II in the 16th century. The laboratories were discovered during the reconstruction of one of the city's oldest historical buildings, a World Heritage Site. During your visit, you can find out where the secret of making gold was written, who the reputed founder of alchemy was, and other legends from the so-called Prague Magical Triangle. The museum shop offers elixirs prepared according to the original recipes. For travelers who use our custom trip planner, Prague holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Speculum Alchemiae and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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TripAdvisor
  • We had one day in Prague, and through Trip advisor this was recommended. A delightful and well spoken young man gave us a tour of this little house and it's mysterious underground system, and after th...  more »
  • This is an incredibly interesting place dating back hundreds of years but only discovered in 2002. The guide we had was really knowledgable and funny and gave us a real taste of what the den was like ...  more »
  • Although the tour lasts only about 30 minutes, it is full of interesting information. The ancient tunnel you will visit was sealed off hundreds of years ago and was only recently discovered in 2002, f...  more »
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  • I rarely write reviews, but I felt it was necessary with this one. This museum tour (you have to take the tour!) is amazing. The sixteenth century history is spot on, and the catacomb is such a rare find. I was thrilled that we were alone on the tour, but also disappointed - the attention to detail and effort put into this tour are outstanding; I'd love to see it become a popular destination for tourists. As someone who has studied this period of alchemical history at length, I can say that there is not a bit of nonsense in this - this kind of authenticity is a rare, rare find in the tourist part of any city.
  • Wonderful place to come across on our trip to Prague. We were looking for the Prague Jewish museum but stumbled across this instead. Well worth missing the Jewish museum. Good price about 12 dollars per person and some great souvenirs that have a lot more value than the ones you find on a random street corner. If they open any other of the passages or rooms I will go back in a heartbeat.
  • Felt like a scam. The stories they told about the tunnels under the building sent my BS meter into the red. We researched some of the stories they told us about the underground tunnels and couldn't find any information that backed up what they were telling us. Felt ripped off when we left.
  • It was a very fun experience. Not the traditional type of museum. You can't go visit on your own you have to go on a guided tour.
  • At current admission fee (200ck = 8 euros) I can't recommend this place. VERY small (1 room above ground, 3 or 4 small ones below, this is no museum, it's a small room with a tunnel underneath). It was surprising though (for 5 minutes of the 25 minutes 'tour'). For a 4 euros price it would maybe make a lot more sense... For comparison, the admission fee for the Prague National Technic Museum is 190 ck. And this one is about 100 times bigger (yes, 100!), and has also an alchemy room btw.