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Golden Lane (Zlata Ulicka)

this Sight was last updated on 5 Aug 02

Goldsmiths lived here in the 17th century and gave it its name, though the legends of the castle (and many of the souvenir shops) would have you believe that the alchemists toiled all along here under the reign of Rudolph II in their quest to make gold for him. The alchemists actually had their offices elsewhere.
But that doesn't detract from the magic of this small row of houses, constructed in the late 1500s for Rudolph II's 24 castle guards. The goldsmiths moved in in the 17th century and changed the appearances of the buildings slightly. In the 19th century it became a haven for the poor and criminal element of Prague.
In the 1950s, all tenants were moved out and it became the place you see before you now, a line of shops that sell everything from nudey postcards to fine Bohemian glass and antique clocks. In the armory above, you can look at replicas of armor throughout the ages and shoot a crossbow at a target (great fun for kids).
Franz Kafka lived here for a few months with his sister in 1916-7 in house Number 22. There is a plaque on the wall which testifies to this fact.

 Address
Prazsky Hrad
Hradcany  show me everything in Hradcany
Prague 1
Czech Republic
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Cute, but should be for free
Claus, 11 Aug 03



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