Another Prague Castle favourite stop is the Golden Lane (Zlatá ulička). Dating back to the 15th or 16th century, this narrow street with tiny houses gathered craftsmen, castle gunmen and subjects. Its original name was “Goldsmith’s Lane”, as goldsmiths were among local residents.
When walking through the street, you can pop into the houses to get an idea of how people used to live here. You can also visit the goldsmith’s or herbalist’s house and a small tavern. Other houses have been turned into small shops selling books and various souvenirs. Golden Lane still retains its charm.
The Golden Lane is situated between White Tower and Daliborka Tower; these were used in the past as a prison and dungeon, respectively. The latter is named after its first prisoner, Dalibor from Kozojedy, a 15th century nobleman. He was convicted for having used the revolt of another nobleman’s subjects to usurp his property. A number of legends were coined after his death, to be found for example in the book of Ancient Bohemian Legends by Alois Jirásek; this famous writer depicts Dalibor as a protector of the poor, whom circumstances forced to learn the violin.
Today, Golden Lane is mostly famous thanks to House No. 22, where Franz Kafka stayed for a while.