Prague Castle’s Golden Lane to close for renovation
One of the Czech capital’s most famous attractions, the picturesque Golden Lane up at Prague Castle, is set to be closed to the public for at least a year. Castle officials say the landmark has to undergo thorough renovation, as the little street is under threat from an antiquated drainage system.
“On May 1 of this year, we will close the gate leading to Golden Lane at Prague Castle. The reason is that it will undergo a total reconstruction, not just of the lane itself but also of the houses. We supposes that next summer, all work will have finished and Golden Lane will open to visitors once again.”
The main problem is apparently the malfunctioning 19th century rainwater drainage system. It floods the earth beneath the alley, and could even make the whole area slip downhill to the Stag Moat far below. The first phase of the project will involve a probe of the various levels of earth Golden Lane was built on.
Golden Lane only became a major tourist attraction after the war, when it was acquired by the Prague Castle administration. Today, most of the houses in the street have shops with souvenirs and other tourist bric-a-brac. František Kadlec says that after the street reopens for visitors in 2011, some of them will be replaced with museum exhibitions.
More information about the renovation of Golden Lane can be found at www.hrad.cz.
Photo: Štěpánka Budková