Kafka Prague for the Kafka Fan

Old-New Synagogue in Prague

Best places to visit as a fan of Franz Kafka in Prague

Among all the famous people from Prague, Franz Kafka is perhaps the most notable one. Although he never explicitly mentioned Prague in his works, there are traces of how the city influenced his life and ideals. The political turmoil and social divide during his time are expressed in many of his works, which center on human suffering and the search for meaning and purpose.

To catch a glimpse of Franz Kafka’s Prague roots and understand his works better, many fans of Kafka go to Prague. With the city well-preserved over the years, they can visit the places Kafka used to frequent when he lived there. There are also several sculptures and museums dedicated to him.

If you’re one of the many fans wanting to pay homage to the surrealist writer, here are the places you ought to visit on your trip to Prague.

Náměstí Franze Kafky

Start your tour at the place where Kafka was born in U Radnice 5 in Josefov, also known as the Kafka House Prague. Franz Kafka was born to Julie and Hermann on the third of July 1883. They lived in a neighborhood at the edge of a Jewish ghetto. The Kafka House in Prague was located at the northeast corner of the square, just a few steps from the Church of St. Nicholas. The actual building he was born in was burnt down, but the doorway remained intact and was preserved even after the house was rebuilt.

Today, the place is marked with a bust of Kafka and a small plaque that commemorates his birth. Inside is a small exhibition dedicated to him. The area is also now called the Franz Kafka Square in honor of him.

Old Town Square

With the Old Town Square right next to Kafka House Prague, it’s no surprise that Kafka spent plenty of time in the square and neighboring streets. Around age 10, he took lessons in a German grammar school at the Kinsky Palace. He also once lived in a house just beside the Astronomical Clock. You can visit the Kafka House in Prague at the Old Town Square No. 2—just ask around for the House at the Minute (Dům U Minuty).

Franz Kafka sculpture, Prague

Franz Kafka sculpture in Prague
Franz Kafka sculpture in Prague

About 5 minutes away from Old Town Square is a sculpture inspired by Kafka’s short story, “Description of a Struggle.” Created by famed sculptor Jaroslav Rona, Franz Kafka sculpture in Prague depicts a small man in a suit on the shoulders of a large empty suit. This image represents the narrator of the story riding on the back of the acquaintance. You can find this sculpture at Dušní in the Jewish Quarter.

Old-New Synagogue

Very beautiful building diner at the old synagogue in the center of Prague. Czech Republic.
Very beautiful building diner at the old synagogue in the center of Prague

A few blocks away from the Franz Kafka Prague Statue is the Old-New Synagogue where Kafka’s bar mitzvah was held. On the west wall of the synagogue’s main hall is a glass case with small light bulbs inside. These bulbs light up during the death anniversaries of people they are dedicated to, one of which is Franz Kafka.

Golden Lane

Golden Lane
Golden Lane

Across the Vltava is Castle District, where Franz Kafka stayed with his sister when he needed some peace and quiet to write his stories. He lived in a small stone cottage within the walls of the Prague Castle for nearly two years. The building he stayed in has been repainted and now stands at the Golden Lane with other colorful houses. Dubbed as House Number 22, this place is a must-visit when you go on your Kafka tour.

Franz Kafka Museum

An Exciting Franz Kafka Museum Day Tour

If you’re a fan of books and literature, you’ve probably come across the works of Franz Kafka, the renowned Bohemian novelist. This admission to Prague’s Franz Kafka Museum will allow you to fully experience the first printed versions of his works before delving deeper into the author’s life and career.


  • See the Kafka Museum to learn more about the life of Franz Kafka, the respected author, and writer of short stories.
  • Learn about a literary giant of the twentieth century born in the Czech capital of Prague.
  • Explore the exhibits on your own after hearing your guide’s overview of the museum
  • No charges for cancellation done within 24 hours
  • Starting at 17.60 Euros per head
  • Experience life as the author did between the years 1883 and 1924.
  • Before entering the museum, spend 20 minutes hearing from your English-speaking tour guide about what you can expect from the thrilling tour.
  • Discover the never-before-seen 3D projections of Kafka’s work, such as correspondence, diaries, manuscripts, photos, and drawings.
  • Immerse yourself in Franz Kafka’s twentieth-century world with the help of audiovisual masterpieces and accompanying music.

What is Included

  • Museum entry ticket 
  • 20 minutes orientation 
  • English host or greeter
  • The tour is valid for a day.

Café Louvre

Take a breather from all the walking, and enjoy a meal or a cup of coffee at Café Louvre on Národni, Nové Město. Opened in 1902, this café was a popular hangout for the cultural elite of Prague during that time. Franz Kafka spent a lot of time here meeting close friends, including Max Brod. So as you indulge in coffee, black tea, and sweet pastries, imagine Kafka writing drafts or discussing philosophy on one of the tables around you.

Address: Národní 22, 110 00 Nové Město, Czechia

Website: https://www.cafelouvre.cz/

Franz Kafka head, Prague

Franz Kafka head, Prague
Franz Kafka head, Prague

A short walk from the café is another architectural landmark built in commemoration of Kafka. Created by David Černý, the Rotating Franz Kafka head Prague statue features a kinetic sculpture with over 40 rotating panels. It is also known as the Franz Kafka moving sculpture, Prague. This creates an illusion of Kafka’s face shifting as it looks around the city of Prague.

Hotel Century Old Town

Hotel Century Old Town, Prague
Hotel Century Old Town, Prague

Many believe that Kafka’s works were greatly influenced by his experiences at the Workers’ Accident Insurance Company. As a clerk, he was in charge of reporting industrial accidents. This may have inspired themes on how humans struggle to survive and the obstacles faced by workers. Accounts from his acquaintances also narrated how Kafka complained about the difficulties of balancing his day job and his writing.

The place where Kafka worked is now called the Hotel Century Old Town. As you enter the hotel, you’ll be greeted by a bust of Kafka at the lobby. Relax a little at the hotel bar as you read his books. Kafka’s office—which used to be room 214—is now the Kafka Suite, so try and book the room for a night or two if you can.

Café Arco

Café Arco in Prague
Café Arco in Prague

Another favorite haunt of Franz Kafka and Brod is just a few blocks away from Hotel Century Old Town. Built in the 1900s, Café Arco became one of the most popular gathering places for German-Jewish writers in the early 20th century. However, it has lost its glory over the years and has become an inconspicuous cafeteria for the Interior Ministry.

Address: Dlážděná 1004 /6, 110 00 Nové Město, Czechia

Website: http://www.zsmv.cz/

Kafka’s Grave

Kafka’s Grave
Kafka’s Grave

End your Kafka tour by paying homage to Franz Kafka’s Prague final resting place. Although he died in a sanatorium in Kierling near Vienna, his remains were buried at the New Jewish Cemetery in Prague. His parents are also buried in the same plot. Marking the grave is a white obelisk with his name and his parents’ names engraved on it. A tablet also commemorates his sisters who died in concentration camps during the second world war.

Although the cemetery is vast, you won’t get lost, as there are signs that lead you to sector 21 where Kafka’s grave lies.

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