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From journal Prague Deserves at Least a Week
August 3, 2005
The narrow street is lined with colorful miniature houses that were originally occupied by the castle servants. The name suggests that many of these may have been goldsmiths. Some were also castle guards.
By the 1800s, the lane had become home to various artists and craftsmen, who worked in the tiny shops downstairs and lived often in a small single room upstairs. When the Communists took over, they evicted all of the inhabitants and turned the lane into a souvenir street for tourists.
During the 20th century, several notable people occupied Golden Lane. Among them was the writer Franz Kafka, who lived here from 1916 to 1917 in house no. 22.
Today, small tourist shops still occupy most of the dwellings. Running along the roofs above the shops is a gallery containing an exhibition of armour, torture devices, and period costumes.
You may have to duck to enter most of these dwellings - were people really that much shorter over 100 years ago?
From journal A city that never ceases to amaze
by Wildcat Dianne
January 1, 2003
There is a small fee to be paid at the beginning of the Zlata Ulicka to tour the museums and shops that line the way, but it's worth it.
The armor museum, up a steep stairway and in one of the old buildings, is lined with swords and suits of armor, some of which are only for display, while others are for sale--I couldn't afford one. At the end of the armor museum is a Museum of Torture complete with a scene out of the Inquisition--I left my thumb screws at home!
Throughout the museum, there was this haunting and lively Renaissance music playing--I happily bought a cassette of it and have been listening to it ever since as a reminder of good times and one of my favorite movies The Three Musketeers. It makes you want to open a bottle of wine and dance on the table!
There are many expensive shops on the Zlata Ulitzka that are worth a look because they sell antiques, souvenirs, and other things from Prague's golden past.
From journal Golden Prague