The gold alley of Prague (Czech Republic)


One of the most representative places of the Czech capital is the Gold Alley of Prague. A place that once was nothing more than an old hidden street that over time took a certain glamor and its houses revalued upwards. Inhabitants as illustrious as the writer of Jewish originFranz Kafka, made this street a tourist landmark in Prague, so much so that driving on it is not free.

The gold alley of Prague

The gold alley of Prague, Czech Republic

Prague is a city that holds many places of interest. Its old square is known with its astronomical clock, the gunpowder tower, the bridges that cross the river Vlatava, its monasteries and of course, its high zone, the famous Prague Castle. This houses the former chambers of the Czech kings in the royal palace, Vitus Cathedral, St. George's Basilica and the commented gold alley. We tell all this in our article about what to see in Prague in three days.

Prague Castle

The gold alley is a bit separated from the rest of the monuments, since its function was to host the royal guards regiment of the castle. These were staying in another place of the castle that after a terrible fire were forced to change places. Years later the street was occupied by goldsmiths, modifying the appearance of the houses which are preserved to some extent until today. Over time the street entered a serious abandonment and the houses were subject to pillage.

The government decided to take measures expelling all beggars in the area and begin with the restoration of the houses. These quickly took interest and most of them were rented, such as number 22, the house that for a year was the home of Franz Kafka.

Today the houses are not inhabited. They are souvenir shops or reconstructions of how houses were 100 years ago. But why is it called the gold alley? There is an unconfirmed rumor that tells the story of several alchemists that resided in the surrounding streets in search of the utopia of converting other metals into gold. Hence the name of the street, even if they really lived in another.

Our visit to the gold alley of Prague

The area of ​​Prague's canal is visited first thing in the morning. We already knew that we had to do it at this time or at the end of the afternoon, since later we would find huge tourist halls. It is by far the largest concentration in Prague.

The gold alley of Prague

So newbies we went that we marched directly into the alley, until we faced up with turnstiles that prevented the passage to the street. The alley of gold is paid, since in addition to being able to walk along this short 50-meter street, there is a museum and certain reconstructions of what life in Prague was like in the past.

The entrance fee varies depending on the number of monuments within the Prague Castle to visit. There are two circuits, A and B, whose costs are 350CZK and 250CZK respectively. In both enter the alley of gold, only that circuit A enters more places both inside and outside the castle. Even so we can see it for free (check practical data).

The gold alley of Prague

Paid the entrance we crossed the turnstiles and in just 2 meters ... we were in the alley of gold. A narrow and not very long alley, all very colorful. This and the large number of souvenir shops is what catches our attention. However, that second impression is a bit confusing, since there is much more to see than simple souvenir shops.

Right at the beginning of the alley there is a door with stairs that go up to a museum. The first floor houses several replicas of armor from different eras and regiments. There are also torture rooms as well as more advanced weapons such as muskets, guns or trabucos.

The gold alley of Prague

House number 22 is right where he lived brieflyFranz Kafka between 1916 and 1917. This Czech writer is considered one of the most important writers in the country and that he wrote his books in German. Today his house is a souvenir shop, little else.

The Gold Alley of Prague - Frank Kafka's House

Anyway, this was not the only illustrious inhabitant of the street. He lived here too Madame de Thebes, a pythoness who foreshadowed the end of Nazism and therefore was killed by the gestapo.

The Gold Alley of Prague - Madame de Thebes House

Further on there are several houses representing different jobs or businesses. One of the most common was that of goldsmith, craftsmen who in addition to creating ornaments or jewels with metals, also dedicated themselves to retouching the weapons of the guards.

The gold alley of Prague - Goldsmith's House

Finally we will find the house of a shooter, a centenary pub and the home of the filmmaker Josef Kazda at number 12 of the gold alley. His story is somewhat similar to that ofOskar Schindler, but instead of saving people during the Nazi regime, he saved movies. Hitler ordered to destroy any pre-war movie and Josef Kazda did nothing but keep hundreds of tapes in his own house.

The gold alley of Prague - Josef Kazda's House

After the last door we will end our visit to the gold alley to give way to the east end of the castle wall. A beautiful street if we see it at the right times.

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Practical data

Before leaving for Prague

  • Search and compare flights at the best price
  • Lonely Planet Guide
  • Airport Transfers
  • Car rental found a 15% discount
  • The best excursions in Prague

Curiosities about Prague

  • Ask for Tankove Pivo (tank beer)
  • Look at the old fountains with huge cranks
  • The walking area and bars are in Vinohrady and Zizkov
  • The Charles Bridge at dawn is unique, early morning!

What tours to do in Prague?

  • The classic guided tour of Prague
  • Eltour of beer 🙂
  • Cruise on the Vltava
  • Varied excursions and for all tastes

You also have the option of the Prague Card, where you can access more than 50 places with savings and discounts.

Where to eat in Prague?

Just read our article on what to eat in Prague and have basic information about what we can find.

How much does it cost?

There are two types of tickets for the Prague Gold Alley. The two are two combined, A and B, whose costs are 350CZK and 250CZK respectively and valid for two days but with only one access per monument. The differences are as follows:

  • Type A: includes the royal palace, St. George's Basilica, St. Vitus Cathedral, the Gold Alley, the Gunpowder Tower, the Rosenberg Palace and the exhibition of the history of Prague Castle.
  • Type B: Includes the royal palace, St. George's Basilica, St. Vitus Cathedral and the Gold Alley.

By the way, the gold alley is free before 9 in the morning and after 5 in the afternoon. That is, when they close all the doors of the houses and the museum. We will only have the opportunity to walk on the street.

When to go to the gold alley?

It is best to visit it first thing in the morning, at 9 in the morning or one hour before closing, between 3 and 4 in the afternoon. In this way you will avoid the concentrations of large groups.