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The Golden Lane, Prague Castle

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The Golden Lane in Prague is one of few streets reminiscing us of the mythological era of fairies and dwarfs. Lined up with picturesque houses that rather look too small to live in, the Golden Lane is located is the northern area of the Prague Castle complex.

The first houses in the Golden Lane (Zlata Ulicka) were built in the 15th century after the construction of the northern fortification. Rudolf II allotted the residential space to his castle guards, but there were too many of them and the space too little. They built these small houses with little windows which make them so visually charming.

Later on, it is said that upon Rudolf II's insistence alchemists and craftsmen occupied the lane where they turned metal into gold. Perhaps, it is why the lane is named 'Golden Lane'.

Since the 19th century, many famous people like writer Franz Kafka lived here, especially House no.22. It is said he wrote his book A Country Doctor during his stay in the Golden Lane.

Between 1952 and 1955 the houses were restored and painted in bright colours. They are now occupied by souvenir and book shops. Some of the historic houses even exhibit medieval armory and textiles.

Entry to the Golden Lane is not free. Buy a single ticket to the Golden Lane or a combined ticket for the whole Prague Castle complex.

To enjoy the surreal atmosphere and know what the smallest street in Prague is like, book right away the next available flights to Prague. Couple them with Prague hotels booking and receive fantastic discounts.

1 comment

Danielle
This is near Prague Castle? I've recently taken on a curiosity about Prague and a compelling desire to tour the place after reading Chris Titus' novel The God Complex. I've never been to Prague but now I'm seriously considering a tour in the near future. It's amazing, by the way... both your place and the book. =)

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