Now is the Time (September - ahhh!) and this is the place -Prague! - for a wonderful vacation. And what (I ask) could make you any happier than the follow in the footsteps of Franz Kafka?It will even make you more happy than Kafka himself, who was actually no great fan of Prague ("The little mother has claws.") But, Kafka's bleak appraisal aside (and I'll point out that once he did manage to move away, he died), the city is a grand cosmopolitan place to spend many a happy day. Sit on a bench and read Kafka.
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Mini guide to Kafka’s Prague
Prague is the political, cultural and economic centre of the Czech state. (Matt Munro)
Franz Kafka never directly referred to Prague in his work, but his tales of totalitarian bureaucracy were greatly influenced by the city.
The house in which Franz Kafka was born in 1883 was situated on the northeast corner of the square next to the Church of St Nicholas. The house was later rebuilt, but the original door was preserved. A bust of Kafka and a plaque have been added, and there is a small exhibition inside (00 420 222 321 675; Náměstí Franze Kafky 3; closed Sun & Mon; admission £1.20).
Much of Kafka’s writing was influenced by his time as a clerk at Worker’s Accident Insurance Company, where he reported on industrial accidents and recommended safety measures. He would often moan to his friends about the difficulties of balancing his day job and his writing. His office at the firm still stands, but the building is now the Hotel Century Old Town(Na Poříčí 7).