Named for the house sign that protrudes from its corner, the House at the Stone Bell was constructed in the middle of the 13th century and is the oldest gothic house in Prague. For over one hundred years, the structure sported a baroque facade, much like the other buildings on the square. Then, while undergoing restoration in the 1960s, workers discovered the original sand-color stones beneath the stucco facade and an intensive face-lift was begun. The House is now given over to excellent temporary art shows mounted by the Prague City Gallery. View on Google Maps No related posts.
Secreted behind Old Town Square, this small museum features 20th-century Czech art in one of the oldest buildings in the city. Part of Prague City Gallery, the country’s best state-funded art institution, this is a great place to discover homegrown talent that’s relatively unknown outside of this country. View on Google Maps No related posts.
Hidden in the back of the Prague Castle complex, this cute and colorful 16th-century lane is full of tourist shops and great photo ops. The enchanting magic of the street comes from its movie-set appearance and toy-like dimensions, as though it were built for Munchkins. Golden Lane takes its name either from the Emperor Rudolf IIs alchemists, who worked in a building nearby, or for castle sharpshooters who lived here while moonlighting as goldsmiths. The writer Franz Kafka lived in the tiny house at number 22 during the winter of 1916-17. But he didn’t know Golden Lane to be such a colorful place; the cottages were only painted in their current vibrant scheme during a major renovation in the 1950s.