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Private Half-Day Cold War Years Walking Tour with an Historian Guide in Prague
"Explore the decorations and statuary of The Hall of the Red Army with a historian guide on a private 3-hour walking tour. Visit also the mausoleum that displayed the mummified corpse of Klement Gottwald first chairman of the KSC along with the adjoining laboratory and temperature control center where a team of doctors cosmetologists and technicians cared for the embalmed body. Enjoy the panorama of the city and the Žižkov Television Tower an example of high-tech architecture that looms above the rest of the city’s skyline while standing atop Vitkov Memorial. Coming back to the city center
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Half-Day Prague City Highlights Tour Including Walking Tour from Prague Castle to Old Town
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Golden Lane

It is a golden lane for those who charge to enter it. You get to pay an entrance fee to explore a series of typical tourist stores with the same old schlok you will encounter all over Prague in general and the old city in particular. If being charged for the privilege of being overcharged for
the same old tourist items appeals to you, then by all means enter the Golden Lane. Historically, it is of most modest interest. However, it is included in the Castle Ticket (probably at the insistence of the Golden lane vendors).

gaiusmarius
Mar 18, 2008

Skull sculpture

You don't have to go to Kutna Hora to see skulls, Prague is full of them, this is a frequent element of decoration just about everywhere, probably a visual image of the favourite memento of our forefathers: memento mori.
And here's a more recent example of this popular trend: an abstract sculpture presenting a skull atop a crawling man, can be seen next to Dalibor's Tower and just as you leave the Golden Lane. Unfortunately I can't tell anything about it, I don't even know the author's name, so let the picture speak for itself.
(I'd appreciate any info about this sculpture to complete this tip)

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betako3
Feb 28, 2008

Sweet and short

It is a nice place, the houses look like taken from fairytales, so colourful, so tiny, so cute. And it is in such a contrast to what follows - from the Golden Lane you enter Daliborka Tower, the place where prisoners were kept and tortured.

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betako3
Feb 26, 2008

Golden Lane

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.

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BruceDunning
Nov 11, 2007
 
 
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Kafka never lived in Golden Lane

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.

judita

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franzk
Sep 29, 2007

Golden Lane

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.

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monkeytrousers
Jul 17, 2007

Zlata ulicka - Golden Lane

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

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kris-t
May 10, 2007

Zlata Ulicka

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.

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Apr 21, 2007
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Quirky lil homes

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.

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Lhenne1
Mar 28, 2007

Golden Lane

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.

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alancollins
Feb 06, 2007

Golden Lane

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.

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fishandchips
Jan 25, 2007

See Kafka's house

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.

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MLW20
Oct 30, 2006

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