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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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  • Golden Lane (Zlatá ulička in Czech) is a very interesting Museum on the grounds of Prague Castle, between the White Tower and Daliborkoj. He is a short, narrow street with almost two dozen colorful little houses, each of which has its own separate history. The street originated in the late 16th century, i.e. when the middle ages already took and he was going to the new time. Nevertheless, the architectural style of the majority of the houses carries unconditional medieval features. His "birth" Street owes to the Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire and "part-time" King of Bohemia (Bohemia) to Rudolf II, who decided to build space (niches) in the Vladislavskoj fortress wall, highlighting there place in the residential buildings for 24 the guards guarding the prison at Prague Castle. The guards built small houses, where they settled with their families. So there were these medieval "hrushhjovki". Otherwise they will not name, given the very small size of dwellings, which nowadays look like toy houses or small apartment. Its current name "Golden Lane" this landmark gained somewhat later, and this is due to two reasons. Firstly, over time these houses became populate jewelers who are naturally afraid of robberies and thieves. They are very satisfied with the free safety in the neighborhood, because the next was guarded Royal Palace. For this reason it became known as the jewelry Street (Zlatnicka). Secondly, it is thought that here lived also alchemists. Emperor Rudolph II went down in history as a patron and ...
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  • You get into this lane as part of the Prague Castle ticket. There are lots of little shops. Touristy, but quite interesting. Worth a wander if you are visiting the castle. Incredibly crowded when we w...  more »
  • One needs to use the bar codes of the ticket to open the turnstile of this attraction. Located along the Golden Lane are small shops that show how they looked like in the old days. There is not much t...  more »
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