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"Golden Lane" Golden Lane Tip by nicolaitan

Golden Lane, Prague: 115 reviews and 185 photos


This small street at the end of the Castle visit has passed through several phases.
It was first constructed for the castle guards in the 16th century by Rudolf II, known as archery lane.
Goldsmiths moved into the area in the 17th Century so the street was renamed. In the 19th Century many houses were destroyed as unfit for habitation. The remainder comprised a persistent slum. The area was cleaned up after the street was nationalized in the middle of the 20th century and beginning in 1952 the houses were repainted in bright pastel colors.
Today Golden Lane is a tourist trap with an admission fee. There is a tacky muiseum of old-time armaments and a large number of souvenier stores - these are not overpriced relative the rest of Prague but are quite small and have limited selection. Franz Kafka lived at #22 for a year between 1916-17.

Address: Prazsky hrad
Directions: Prague Castle.

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  • Written Oct 15, 2006
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