A Benedictine Buzz at Brevnov Monastery

Posted on Jun 21, 2014 in Czech Republic | 5 Comments

Brevnovsky Klaster (Brevnov Monastery)

I experience distance differently now.

Before I resided in Istanbul, I lived in Boston and studied in Prague—two cities that are walkable, well-served by transportation, and comparatively compact. If it took me thirty minutes to get somewhere (when I wasn’t biking or walking), then that somewhere was REALLY FAR AWAY.

I live in Istanbul now. Istanbul, with its sprawl and traffic and 18+ million people. Istanbul, where an hour is considered an average commute.

My old perception of distances seems quaint.

Monastery Gardens (Brevnov Monastery)

When I returned to Prague, this worked in my favor. I had a free day—a glorious, sunny, springtime day—and my friend Honza recommended I explore the Brevnov Monastery.

“But,” he warned me, “it takes a while to get there—25 minutes by tram.”

Boston-Katrinka might have blanched. Istanbul-Katrinka laughed.

So off I went to the district of Prague 6, to explore this Benedictine monastery.

Grounds of Brevnov Monastery

The Brevnov Monastery is the oldest in the Czech Republic. In a very Czech twist, the current peacefulness covers a dark past—during the Communist era, the monastery was occupied by the secret police. There’s no sign of that now; the monastery is fully functioning, and hosts weddings and art exhibits.

Brevnov Monastery

They also have a terrific restaurant which serves “historical” Czech cuisine and the monastery’s own beer. I ate fluffy pancake-biscuits in a blueberry sauce and downed an unfiltered wheat beer, which is unusual compared the pilsners that populate Czech pubs.

It was so good that I had another– a draught of their Klaster beer.

Sitting under the sun in an abbey in the middle of Prague, drinking two pints of fresh-brewed monastery beer, I felt glowy and very buzzed.

Brevnov Monastery Duck Pond

There was something surreal about the whole experience (or maybe it was just that boozy haze). Prague has these unexpected nooks, these weird moments waiting to be filled. Thank goodness I wasn’t put off by the 25-minute tram ride. I wasn’t planning on a day of sunshine and monastery beer, but why would I want to do anything else?


To get to Brevnov Monastery (Brevnovsky Klaster), take the 15, 22, or 25 tram to the Brevnovsky Klaster stop. Stroll the gardens and drink their beer, you won’t regret it.


  1. Nikita
    June 21, 2014

    This is great! I’m currently living in Prague, and this is exactly how I would want to fill an afternoon. It’s the first I hear of this place, so I’ll be checking it out for sure! I know exactly what youmean about Prague having these unexpected nooks… It’s one of my favorite things about the city!

    • Katrinka
      June 22, 2014

      You should certainly check it out! That’s one of the reasons I love Prague so much too– it’s a small city, but there’s always something strange to discover. You’re lucky to live there!

  2. Chanel | Cultural Xplorer
    June 22, 2014

    This looks like a great place to visit during my stay in Prague. Thanks!

  3. thef4phantom
    July 10, 2014

    Prague rocks. Do you speak German or Russian?

    • Katrinka
      July 10, 2014

      Nope! I am terrible at languages. I speak a tiny bit of Czech from studying in Prague, and a tiny bit of Turkish from living in Istanbul, but I consider myself (shamefully) monolingual.
      And I agree, Prague rocks!


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