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Golden Lane, Prague

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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. Plan to visit Golden Lane and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Prague attractions using our Prague day trip planner.
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  • And for that you have to pay? Luckily we arrived at 16 when they open it free. I do not say more...
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  • This street of medieval houses is only accessible with a Prague castle ticket. It’s a pleasant enough street with some interesting tiny houses and apartments that have been redecorated as they would h...  more »
  • Small street really very charming where the houses are all different in color but all identical in size. Small houses of almost human size doll. Report to number 22, Frank Kafka lived. Not to be missed if you visit Prague Castle.
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  • One of the most enjoyable parts of Prague. If you want to get the best pictures, head to Golden Lane as soon as the Castle opens, most people will do this later as it's further into the castle, but if you go straight away you'll get great pictures and be able to read the stories of the houses without being bundled out of the way. As the houses are small and you can only just enter the front to read the notices, you'll want to get in early. It's well worth your time though.
  • This place is one of the, as I like to call them, rip-off-sights. Basically you get to pay an entry fee so that you can get access to the more "fancy" souvenir shops. It's basically a one way street with cute little houses/shops on the one side and a big boring wall on the other side. If you buy a combi-ticket where its included you can go there to maybe find a little overpriced souvenir in the midst of a huge crowd. Otherwise I'd suggest to spend 20 minutes enjoying the view of Prague from up there.
  • Cute lane, which you should stroll through when visiting the cathedral. If not you would not miss too much, but it is a nice extra after the walk up there.
  • Don't be a dork and pay for the entrance. It is free after 4pm-5pm, but beware, exits can be quite crowded and slow. You won't miss a lot if you don't see this small street, there are much better places in Prague to see!
  • It's very interesting getting to know how people inside the castle used to live
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