• Posted:Thursday, April 8, 2010
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Prague's Golden Lane to close

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Prague's Golden Lane to close
It's a strong tourist attraction, the Golden Lane in Prague. I've been to have a look and it sure is interesting - lots of quaint little houses clustered together underneath the castle in the city. It made me feel as if I'd been taken out of the real world and ended up in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang or something. I'd certainly recommend a visit but if this is the main reason you want to go to the region, it could be a good idea to hold off on booking that Prague hostel for a bit, as the Golden Lane - originally known as Goldmakers Lane - is closing for 12 months so that it can be revamped a little.

Head of the tourism department for Prague Castle, Frantisek Kadlec, told the AFP - reported by the European Jewish Press - that it's about time the area got itself a bit of a new image and it's likely that the souvenir and gift shops will have disappeared by the time you get to go (although this is certainly no bad thing. I can't abide tourist traps that sell tat - it's completely soul destroying).

"Our goal is to make sure tourists learn something about the history of this lane and the castle," he said.

The alley - which dates back to the 16th century and comprises 24 little properties - used to be home to the king's archers but, later down the line, was adopted as residences for impoverished artists. More interestingly, perhaps, it is believed that Rudolph II's alchemists once worked there as well, who were famed for their attempts to transform lead into gold.

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