President Václav Klaus and first lady Livia have reopened the newly reconstructed Golden Lane, one of Prague’s top tourist attractions. The Prague Castle alley, with its picturesque row of Mannerist-style houses dating back to the late 15th century, has just undergone the most extensive reconstruction in its history. The lane had to be repaired mainly because of its outdated sewer system, which threatened the houses' foundations. The repair works were launched last May at a cost of 34 million crowns. Some of the houses will now serve as museum exhibits with their interiors reflecting their legendary uses as goldsmiths’ workshops or alchemists’ laboratories. The houses were in fact mostly inhabited by castle guards and servants.
President Vaclav Klaus and the first lady Livia Klaus are to reopen the newly reconstructed Golden Lane below Prague Castle on Wednesday. The lane with its charming row of Mannerist-style houses dating back to the late 15th century has just undergone the most extensive reconstruction in its history. Prague Castle administration which paid 34 million crowns for the reconstruction of one of the most visited sites of the Prague Castle compound has made sure that its historic value is well preserved. After the street reopens some of the houses will serve as museum exhibits – their interiors reflecting their former use : a goldsmith’s workshop, an alchemists’ den or a fortune-tellers home.
Prague Castle’s famous Golden Lane will be closed to the public for a year due to renovations which started on Monday. The Golden Lane’s upcoming renovation is its most extensive yet, its cost estimated at approximately 40 million Czech crowns. The lane is one of Prague Castle’s main attractions and Prague Castle Administration stands to lose about 12 million crowns in the year that the Golden Lane will be closed. Visitors have to pay admission to enter it. Some of the souvenir vendors who work in the Golden Lane suspect that Prague Castle Administration is trying to push them out of the attractive location permanently by closing it down for a year. Castle officials previously said that about a third of the vendors will not be able to return to the popular tourist site when it re-opens.
Prague Castle’s famous Zlatá ulička, or Golden Lane, is to be closed for at least one year for its most extensive restoration ever. The busy tourist destination will be closed from March and work will focus primarily on the obsolete sewer system, which Prague Castle Administration says risks destabilising the entire street. Work will likely be slowed by the archaeological research that almost always accompanies excavating work in Prague’s historical areas. In this case, workers will be excavating some six meters and thereby giving archaeologists their first opportunity to carefully examine this part of Prague Castle. Zlatá ulička preserves the last remnants of the small residential buildings that were home to soldiers and goldsmiths until the mid-19th century.
If you have been to Prague you will surely know Zlata ulicka or Golden Lane, a narrow street of tiny, colourfully painted cottages in the Hradcany district. The lane dates back to the late 16th century when the cottages, built into the castle's fortifications, housed Rudolf II's marksmen. Some people would have you believe the name Golden Lane comes from the fact alchemists once lived there; others will tell you that - in the days before plumbing - the only thing that was "golden" was the urine flowing down the lane's gullies. The tiny cottages