Golden Lane, Prague
Categories: Landmarks, Tourist Spots
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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This has a museum of armor, weapons and daily life for many people who lived here throughout history. Very pretty little cottages and cute shops with several cafes. Nice day at Prague Castle. This can... read more »
As it was mentioned by many reviewers, patience is needed here even more than in any popular objects of Prague. Spaces are tiny and tourist crowds are immense. So to have a good look into beautifully ... read more »
This Lane is a narrow alley in the lower part of Prague Castle. It's the place where servants, guards and other Castle employees lived. Consists of tiny small houses, now refubrished in different colo... read more »
The Golden Lane is a narrow paved road in the corner of the Prague Castle, right behind the northern wall. The road is picturesque with tiny colorful houses along the line. These houses were inhabited by goldsmiths, defenders of the castle, and servants. Since the 19th century these houses were rented. The famous Czech writer Franz Kafka lived in the house number 22 for two years. The house number 14 was also a home to a fortune teller named Madame de Thebes. Tragically at the end of World Ward II, she was arrested by the Gestapo and died during interrogation–reportedly because of her prediction about the fall of Adolf Hitler.
The most beautiful place in Prague. Loved it. Also there is a medieval stuff exposition inside buildings. Cool weapons inside.
One gets a glimps into what life was like for ordinary citizens at the time the castle was occupied. A nice change from looking at all the cathedrals and castles. The display of armors is also fascinating.
Know what you're coming for. And don't expect to see anything Harry Potter related here. (Even tough this inspired diagonally.) That's the fault we made... and the reason why we ended up being disappointed with what we saw.
Very nice little street to visit but it's just far too crowded to enjoy properly. Also it's a shame that the only way to buy a ticket for entry is as part of a combined ticket for various other attractions. Seems very unfair if you are not interested in the others.
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