Franz Kafka's Prague, Prague
A good bedtime read on your first night in Prague is Kafka's 'Metamorphosis'. It's not a long story, nor a pretty one. Transformation is pretty rapid, from travelling salesman and sole earner of his freeloading family to that of a helpless embarressment to his family and eventual incumberance, culminating in the dry redundant husk that was once a man being thrown out with the rubbish - literally. This story gives you the sense of change and transformation of the old Prague changing into the new (although no specific places are mentioned - it is not a travel book in that sense). Although the tale is about a man, it is about a journey of change, inner and outer I feel, that Kafka ultimately felt within himself and his surroundings, (my opinion). A jolly good disturbing read, in bed, in Prague, in a hotel room facing Kafka's house where the man himself may have wrote it, (I'd have to check that out though - he may have moved by then)....Who cares? Read it -it's good!
Pragues most famous citizen was born here in 1883. Kafkas short life was almost entirely spent in the Old Town, and his novels and stories - although never referring to the city by name - are steeped in its atmosphere.
The exhibition consists of texts and photographs based on the authors life. A small gift shop specializes in Kafka-related items.
Admission: 20 Kc
There are plenty of things around which will connect the visitor to the famous author Franz Kafka. Prague is always visible in his literature.
In front of the tower Dalibor you can see a statue that represents one of the characters of Kafka: the skull and crossbones above a man.
You will find Kafka's house in the Golden Lane in the Castle area. (please see tip "Golden Lane")
This tiny house was Kafka's accomodation for a long time.
Of interest on this street is where Franz Kafka and his sister apparently lived in the early 1900's. It is the blue house No 22. There is also a name plaque on the wall and you can walk through it.
On Celetná street, at number 3, one can see the house where Kafka lived from 1896 to 1907 as a boy. This is but one of many places where he lived, most of which are mentioned in guide books.