Golden Lane (Prague): between alchemists, guards and crafts


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Mandatory destination for those visiting the castle, the picturesque street of Prague, called Viuzza d’Oro but also well known as an alley for alchemists, represents one of the best examples of the magical city.


A story between legend and reality

According to legend, it is said that in the laboratories of the Mihulka Tower, the alchemists of King Rudolf II would have chased the myths of the philosopher's stone and the production of gold.

In reality, however, it seems that the small houses that line the alley were built towards the end of the 16th century, with the aim of providing accommodation for the King's guards for the night.


Only later would the goldsmiths place their activities here related to the creation of precious gold objects.

There are many shops that today attract the attention of tourists with their souvenirs, exhibited in the characteristic shops with an ancient flavor, where it is possible to buy not only souvenirs of small value but also objects coming from a craftsmanship with remarkable artistic value.

It was in the building located at number 22 that Kafka wrote some stories in the period between 1912 and 1914. The poet Jaroslav Seifert also lived for a certain period in this suggestive corner of Prague.

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