The Franz Kafka Museum opened in the summer of 2005 in the remarkable Herget Brickworks building on the Lesser-Town bank of the Vltava River.
Franz Kafka was born in Prague on 3 July 1883, died in a sanatorium in Kierling on 3 June 1924, and was buried in the New Jewish Cemetery in Prague –
KAFKA IN PRAGUE Existential Space
The first stage of our immersion into Kafka’s world presents the way Prague shaped the author’s life, the mark it left on him and how its transformative power affected him. His diaries and extensive correspondence with family members, friends, lovers and publishers bear witness to this influence.
Quite often we can observe attempts to prove that Kafka’s fictional works take place in Prague. It is generally understood that the anonymous cathedral in The Trial is none other than St. Vitus Cathedral; that the path taken by Joseph K. in the last chapter of the same book goes from the Old Town, across Charles Bridge to the outer limits of the Lesser Town. It is also said that the view from Bendemann’s window in The Judgment features the embankment, the Vltava River and its opposite bank in the same manner as it can be seen from the Mikulášská Street (today’s Pařížská Street), where Kafka’s family lived in 1912. Efforts have been made to prove that Prague’s topography is ever present despite going unnamed.
Adult: CZK 240
Reduced price for students, seniors and disabled persons: CZK 160
Family Ticket (2 Adults, 2 Children): CZK 620
We recommend you to book a visit with our professional guide (at least 7 days in advance). Our guided tours are available in following languages: Czech, English, German, French, Russian.
Guided tour prices: entrance fee + CZK 800
Who is Franz Kafka
born on 3 July 1883 in Prague – died on 3 June 1924 in Kierling, Austria
Best known and world-renowned representative of Prague German literature, one of the most significant fiction writers in 20th-century world literature. After graduating in law from Prague’s German University, he worked as an official in two insurance associations between 1907-1922. He regarded writing as his main purpose in life and found it hard to reconcile it with his work at the office which he performed conscientiously. He fell ill with a lung disease in 1917 and battled in vain with the illness for seven years. He was extremely self-critical about his literary output, releasing only a small segment for publication, mostly unwillingly. The majority of his works, the part which was to ensure his international reputation, was published from his estate thanks to the refusal of Kafka’s closest friend Max Brod to respect the author’s wish that the manuscripts be burned without mercy.