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Golden Lane, Prague
(3.5/5 based on 650+ reviews on the web)
Shop for souvenirs, visit medieval attractions, or simply take a stroll along Golden Lane, lined with quaint and colorful townhouses bearing witness to some famous names. Legend has it that 16th-century alchemists had to journey here to find a reaction to produce gold, so the street is also affectionately known as the Street of Alchemists or Alchemists' Alley. Writer Franz Kafka lived at No. 22 for two years, and Nobel laureate Jaroslav Seifert called the lane home in 1929. Today the little houses mainly host souvenir shops, as well as a medieval museum of armory within a 14th-century fortification. Visitors can also see Dalibor Tower, a former dungeon. Use our Prague tourist route planner to visit Golden Lane on your trip to Prague, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • It's part of the combo ticket for the Prague Castle, St. George's Basilica and St. Vitus Cathedral. Since you're there anyway, take a peek. It was the original site of teeny, tiny "apartments" where t...  more »
  • Not very impressive. You can get in for free with your castle ticket but not sure its worth it. Just a few shops and some small houses which a quite interesting. Give it a miss - better things to do. 
  • Narrow street where vivian silversmiths, craftsmen and alchemists. The houses are painted in pastel colors. These people lived near the Palace by request of the King Rodolfo II, as pretended transform the iron in gold (of there the name of the alley), in addition to the elixir of the life eternal. In the nro 22 lived little more than one year Franz Kafka. Now, all the area is littered with sale of souvenirs.
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  • Very touristy. Probably one of those things to have to have done and tell your friends about. The picture outside of number 22 (the house Kafka lived in) is mandatory. We took a long walk up there and it was more the journey that was worth it.
  • Was a very fortunate discovery! Had tons of preconceptions that it will be boring and expensive. Instead it was incredible!
  • I can't believe they charge admission to a street. Seems nice, but why admission? Really?
  • 250 Kč for the cheapest ticket to get into the Golden Lane. For us, the most interesting thing was shooting an ancient crossbow. And the collection of medieval armour. But there are lots of other things to see here.
  • Tourist trap par excellence. The exhibits have little to do with the history of the Golden Lane houses. And there are more authentic picturesque little streets nearby, like Nový Svět.