Golden Lane, a Prague Must See :
The Golden Lane is a small cobblestone street located inside Prague Castle. It was built in the 16th century to house the castle guards.
However, the name golden lane is actually a reference to the goldsmiths who occupied the street in the 17th century. The Golden Lane was also called the Street of Alchemists and Alchemists’ Alley.
You will absolutely love the Golden Lane. It consists tiny homes, all painted brightly. How tall were those guards? Really.
The street originally had houses on both sides, but one side was removed in the 19th century. I can only imagine what it looked like when both sides of the lane lined with tiny homes. Still it is a remarkable place and will be one of the sights you talk most about when you return from your trip to Prague!
Many of the houses are now souvenir shops. There is also an interesting museum of medieval armour within the walls above the Golden Lane.
House number 22 actually belonged to writer Franz Kafka’s sister and he used this house to write for about two years between 1916 and 1917. Another famous Czech writer, Jaroslav Seifert lived there in 1929. So if you are a literary traveler, the Golden Lane is a bucket list stop.
There is tiered entry fee for Prague Castle buildings, which means you’ll need to purchase tickets if you plan on entering any of the exhibits. The grounds are free however. Purchase your tickets at the Prague Castle information centers found in the second and third courtyards.
As mentioned, fees are tiered and you can purchase what is called Circuit A, Circuit B, or Circuit C ticket. It is the Circuit A ticket that includes the Golden Lane, as well as entry into the Old Royal Palace, St. Vitas Cathedral, St. George’s Basilica, Daliborka Tower, Rosenburg Palace, and the Powder Tower.