Zlatá ulička dates back to the 15th century when the brand-new northern fence area was established in the Prague Castle. That area consisted of various modest dwellings that are the last evidence of the small building in the complex. In the north area, the majority of castle archers or goldsmiths were inhabiting there. That is why the street’s name became ‘golden.’
Originally, Zlatá ulička had buildings on both sides. Unfortunately, one side was removed at the beginning of the 19th century. During the Second World War, the houses were empty, and no one was living there. In 1950, the street was colored in diversified colors, which give it a unique and bright view.
Significance of houses
As you might guess, each of the houses was devoted to families with a particular branch of activity such as farmers, milkmen, dwellers, and other diverse activities. Interestingly, in some of Zlatá ulička’s buildings, well-known people lived and stayed during their time in Prague.
For example, in house 13, there was a Renaissance residence of the castle archer. A great persona, known as a fortune teller and clairvoyant Matylda Průšová lived in house 14 before World War II. One of her predictions was the fall of the Third Reich. For that statement, Gestapo arrested her, and she was tortured.
If you go to house 12, you can find the staircase that leads to the terrace in front of the Daliborka tower, where you can enjoy a magnificent view! In fact, the Daliborka tower was used to be a dungeon and a place for the writer’s gatherings, including such representatives as František Halas, Jaroslav Seifert, or Vítězslav Nezval.
How to get there?
To enter Zlatá ulička, you have to buy a self-guided ticket that costs approximately 250 Kč or long-visit access for the price of 350 Kč. You can do it in the gift shop right before the entrance. If you want to enjoy the Zlatá ulička for free, you can visit it after the closing hours of the castle!