Golden Lane is a historic street in Prague Castle, where small houses were built in the 16th century for the castle guards and later occupied by artisans, writers and alchemists. Today, the houses are preserved as a museum and display various aspects of life in the past. Some of the attractions include a medieval armory, a goldsmith’s workshop, a fortune teller’s room and the house of Franz Kafka, who lived there from 1916 to 1917.
If you want to visit Golden Lane, you need to buy a ticket that also includes admission to other parts of the castle complex. The ticket costs 350 CZK for adults, 175 CZK for students and seniors, and 700 CZK for families. The ticket is valid for two days and allows you to enter each attraction once. You can buy the ticket online or at the castle ticket offices.
Golden Lane is open every day except December 24. The opening hours vary depending on the season. From April to October, it is open from 9:00 to 17:00 on weekdays and from 9:00 to 18:00 on weekends and holidays. From November to March, it is open from 9:00 to 16:00 every day.
To get to Golden Lane, you can take public transport or walk from the city center. The nearest tram stop is Pražský hrad (tram lines 22, 23 and 25). The nearest metro station is Malostranská (line A). From there, you can walk up the hill to the castle entrance. Alternatively, you can walk across Charles Bridge and follow the signs to the castle.
Some tips for visiting Golden Lane are:
- Avoid peak hours and weekends if possible, as it can get very crowded.
- Wear comfortable shoes and dress warmly in winter, as the houses are not heated.
- Respect the rules and do not touch or photograph anything that is prohibited.
- Enjoy the atmosphere and imagine how people lived in these tiny houses.
You can also join a guided tour of Golden Lane and learn more about its history and legends. There are several tour options available, ranging from one hour to three hours. You can book a tour online or at the castle information center.