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119 00 Praha 1-Hradcany

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Castles/Palaces, Museums Type
Less than 1 hour Time to Spend
3.5scorecard
  • 3.5Value
  • 3.0Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

Golden Lane sits adjacent to the Prague Castle and consists of an assortment of small, brightly painted houses. These houses used to host historical figures, like Franz Kafka, from their construction near the end of the 16th century until  World War II. Now, an assortment of shops and museums occupy the houses of Golden Lane. While many might assume the lane was named for alchemists (Prague has a history of alchemy), the street actually derives its name from the goldsmiths who once lived there.

Past visitors particularly enjoyed Golden Lane’s historical exhibits, which include an armory, a chemist house and a torture chamber. Admission to the Golden Lane comes included in the Circuit A and Circuit B tickets, to the delight of recent visitors, which cost 350 koruna (about $15) and 250 koruna (about $11), respectively. The Golden Lane is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and more information is available on the Prague Castle’s website.

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Old Town Square is a popular spot in Prague, with travelers flocking here in droves for its beautiful architecture, colorful history and vibrant atmosphere. The square hasn't changed much since it was established in the 12th century when it functioned as the city's original marketplace. 

The square is home to some of the most historic attractions in the city, including the Old Town Hall, one of the best places to get a bird's-eye view of the city and the Prague Astronomical Clock, a beautiful timepiece dating back to the 1400s. Other architectural highlights found within the square include the Church of St. Nicholas and the Church of Our Lady before Týn, instantly recognizable for its two Gothic spires. Meanwhile, the newest additions to the square include a monument erected in 1915 for the religious reformer Jan Hus. There are also several restaurants here that spill out onto the square during the warmer months as locals and travelers alike enjoy a coffee or a beer on the patios. And if you're visiting during the holiday season, expect the square to be filled with Christmas market shoppers.

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