Pragues Golden Lane is located on the premises of Prague Castle. The lane is approximately 650 ft long, and consists of a range of small colourful houses, squeezed in next to one another tightly. The picturesque street is known mainly because back in the day, alchemists were at work inside these houses. It was also home to famous writers, such as Franz Kafka.
Visit within a castle tour
Golden Lane can only be visited with a ticket for a combined tour. Once you enter the lane, if feels as though you've walked into a little town of its own. On the ground floor of the little houses you can find shops (beer soaps, juwellery, souvenirs, etc.) and various exhibitions. The first floors are connected almost all the way down the road. They are home to an exhibition of 16th century costumes, armours, and more. Another thing that catches the eye, are the arrow loops built into the small windows.
The Golden Lane emerged in the 16th century, after a fire in the old town forced tradespeople and craftsmen to find new homes. It owes its name to the gold smiths among them. The lane is at the centre of many legends. In the 19th century, alchemists are said to have tried their hand at turning lead into gold here. Furthermore, a witch and psychic is supposed to have had her home here. Golden Lane's most famous inhabitant was Franz Kafka, who wrote six of his most famous short stories while staying at his sister's house here in 1916.
- Golden Lane Prague is among the 10 best rated Tourist Attractions in the Czech Republic.
How to get there
Golden Lane is located on the premises of Prague Castle, which is situated at the west bank of river Moldova. You can reach it via the old castle stairs, or Marianské Hradby street. Metro station Malostranská is located right next to where the stairs begin. From here you have to take it on foot, or else hire a taxi.