Golden Lane, Prague
The short street was the retail place for the aristocracy to shop for their goods. We went into 3 shops and they all are very quaint. In the one having the medeval armor and weapons, you can walk to a second level that takes you through to other shops also. It is really neat inside this one to see all the armor presented along the hallway.
Hi to all,
let me introduce firstly. I am cultural manager working on project about Franz Kafka and his travels. I, together with my colleague search for all places, where used to travel Franz Kafka.
Here are our results: www.franzkafka.info
Resume of our research which we do together with other Kafka experts:
- Kafka wasn´t unhappy guy, living all his life in Prague
- he was crazy about travelling
- he visited around 60 different place all around Europe as Germany, Austria, France, Italy, Hungary, Slovakia...
- for inspiration read his Travell diary, where he is discribing about his impressions.
- Kafka didn´t go to orthodox Jewish school
- KAFKA NEVER LIVED IN GOLDEN LANE, this small flat was only rented by his sister Ottla.
She needed some meeting place for her and her boyfriend, after couple of weeks she decided to rent this flat to Franz, but he never sleep there!
He always stayed there only during day and around midnight went to his family house. So please dont listen crazy fairy tales of touristic guides
- Kafka´s best friend was Max Brod, no Albert Einstein, Gustav Janouch (author of crazy book fool of lies called "Interview with Kafka"
- Kafka hadn´t any kid
- Kafka wasn´t active in communistic party as some guides also tells to tourists.
Please if you have any more questions let me know I am open to tell you more about Kafka and his travels.
My skype is: kafkaproject
Thanx and enjoy "real" Prague not that which is presented to touristis as strange theatre, done only for effect.
This is a beautiful alley consisiting of a number of really small houses built into the castle's fortifications. In the 16th century when it was built the castle's fusiliers lived here and later on, the goldsmiths were accommodated here. Franz Kafka used to live at No 22 for a while.
Nowdays, nearly all the houses are tourist gift and craft shops and one of them has been turned into an armourary museum.
Because the street is very narrow and there are always lots of tourists, Id recommend seeing Golden Lane either very early or very late to get the most out of it. Its probably my favourite part of Prague Castle as it is so beautiful and quient.
dating back to the end of the 15th Century, is yet another interesting part of the Prague Castle complex.
Golden Lane is a small street lined by 11 historic houses, some of which now house interesting armoury and textile exhibits, along with tourist souvenir shops.
A popular section of the Prague Castle complex, Golden Lane attracts it's fair share of visitors, crowding into the small passageway and low buildings
The Golden Lane is so called because the goldsmiths lived here in the 17th century. This short and narrow alley is one of the most picturesque of Prague. On one of its sides lean out some cottages with vivacious colors to build, under the arcs of the wall from Rodolfo II in 1500 for the 24 watches of the castle. One century later the goldsmiths were transferred there. In the nineteenth century the zone had become poor and disreputable and in 1950 the cottages were restored to their native aspect. Today they entertain shops of souvenirs.
So it may seem silly to pay to shop (and it is silly) but Golden Lane is an interesting place to see. It’s located next to the Cathedral, within the palace walls. Although now the Lane is full of quirky shops, it was once the home of the gatekeepers and archers who protected the royal residence. It gained it name due the workers needing to make extra money and making gold products.
The houses are teeny tiny and feel as though they came off the pages of a fairy tale. At one time there were 24 houses located here, but today only 11 remain, including the one-time brief home of author Franz Kafka.
You'll need to purchase a ticket in order to enter the Golden Lane. It costs about 50CZK.
Golden Lane is lined with 11 small ornate historic houses that are open to the public and display various exhibits as well as tourist goods. The lane was home to the castle’s fusiliers and gold smiths and in later times, artists and craftsmen. Originally the lane was outside the castle, but when the walls of the castle were expanded the lane found itself inside the complex.
This is almost out of place in this town of limited colour. The Golden Lane is full of houses painted in a variety of bright colours with artisans occupying many of them.
The lane, with its houses, was originally built in the late 1500's to house the King's Guard & their families. Later it was occupied by Alchemists trying to change lead into gold. Maybe this is why it was called Golden Lane or maybe it's because of the goldsmiths who moved in here in the 1700's. The lane is certainly a very busy part of Prague!!
The photo is one of my all time favourites for personal reasons & I have a large version framed in our hallway plus it's the main photo on my home page.
While visiting the Castle Quarter make sure to check out Golden Lane. These buildings originally were homes to the goldsmits.
The homes are now over-priced shops which are worth stopping in for a quick look. House #22 is where Kafka briefly lived.
If you go upstairs there will be a display of old suits of armor as well as a shop selling them.
Golden Lane is an essential part of Prague's history. Though I am pretty certain that the houses have been reconstructed, it still can teach you a lot. The houses were used to house castle guards who would protect the castle border. The houses were very small and fit for a single person with a tiny window in the back for the guards to look out of. About a century later, the houses were occupied by goldsmiths, hence the name The Golden Lane. Now though, the houses are occupied by storeowners selling various souvenirs. This is definitely worth stopping by. It's actually really neat to walk through here and then think how centuries ago it looked the same but had a different meaning historically.
The houses of the Golden Lane were built at the end of the 16th century. The original purpose was to house the best marksmen to protect Rudolph II. It was later turned over to the Alchemists and Goldsmiths, where it subsequently acquired its name. Make sure to go into the house with the suit of armor at the top of the stairs, there are some good armor exhibits inside. This place gets packed with people, so don't expect a good picture without people unless you are there early, or get lucky.
Number 22 is the most visited house on golden line because here used to live and work Frank Kafka from 1916 to 1917.
El número 22 es la casa mas visiatada del callejón dorado porque Frank Kafka vivió y trabajó alli desde 1916 hasta 1917.
Small houses built in the gothic fortification, the 16th century homes of castle riflemen and craftsmen. Between centuries XVIII and XIX was occupied by homeless and after by artists (Frank Kafka and Jaroslav Seifert). Actually all houses are souvenirs shops and jewelleries.
Pequeñas casas construidas junto a la muralla de la fortificación gótica. Desde el siglo XVI vivieron allí artesanos del castillo. Entre los siglos XVIII y XIX fueron ocupadas por gente sin techo y después por artistas (Frank Kafka y Jaroslav Seifert). Actualmente todas las casas son tiendas de regalos y joyerías.
We were told that the emperor’s gatekeepers originally lived in these little houses – pursuing various crafts and trades to eke out their miserable wages, and then later goldsmiths and other artisans arrived.
In no 22 Franz Kafka lived from 1916-17, and the Nobel-Prize winning poet, Jaroslav Seifert also lived in the Golden Lane.
Now a days there a small shops in the houses that are almost museum-like. It is absolutely a worth a visit – although you surprisingly have to pay to even be able to walk in the street! – but the houses are quite cute and it is funny to be able to walk through the small rooms and long halls.
For just 50 CZK you can pay to shop at Golden Lane! What's better than paying for the opportunity to shop? Apparently nothing, after seeing the throngs of tousists plug this little alley and fill the tiny stores--even in the dead of winter.
But wait, this is not just a shopping mall in an old castle. There just happens to be some history here as well! These small stores were built in the 15th Century and were once houses where the royal gatekeepers and archers lived. To earn extra money they made crafts here such as golden jewelry (hence the name Golden Lane).
Only 11 of the original 24 houses remain, incluidng Number 22 where Franz Kafka resided for a short time in the early 1900s.