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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. 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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  • There was some historical background behind the Golden Lane, but as it stands now, it look more like a tourist trap. There is quite a collection of armor, a torture chamber, and living quarters as the...  more »
  • This could be a great place to visit if you can get there before the crowds make it an unpleasant experience. Golden Lane is a very narrow road with a row of brightly coloured houses built in the late...  more »
  • Ok, maybe I just don't get it. There are thousands of tourists funneled into this narrow street with an even narrower exit point. And we were there on "non-crowded" day, we were told. There is not tha...  more »

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