The Prague Castle Tourist Scavenger Hunt is a 3.2 km / 2 mi self-guided walking tour of the historic center of the city. It should take 3 hours to complete and ends near the start location.
Click here for this tourist scavenger hunt’s complete tour details, specifications, requirements, and city history. You will also find here the complete list of locations on the itinerary.
What You’ll See
- Vitus Cathedral
- Prague Castle
- Rosenberg Palace
- Nicholas Church
- St. Vitus Cathedral
- Matthias Gate
- Obelisk at Prague Castle
- Museum of Alchemy and Magicians of Old
- Wallenstein gardens
- Wallenstein Palace
- Hradcany Square
- Hungarian Senate
- Gingerbread Museum
- And more
This scavenger hunt has a difficulty level of NORMAL.
We recommend a group size is between 2 and 6 people – but not restricted to this. Children are welcome and will enjoy most of the challenges.
After purchase, to begin your hunt in Prague Castle Historic Center, you will need to be outside the Malostranská Metro station, Malá Strana, 118 00 Prague 1, Czech Republic. This is the start location.
Once there, stand outside and log in to this website and begin your hunt, or go to My Account and follow the instructions.
This region was inhabited in the Paleolithic period, i.e. from 1306 BC onwards.
The Celts appeared here between the 5th and 4th century AD. They chased away Germanic tribes in the 1st century AD. Bohemians also occupied the land at this time and they mostly remained here. Prague has since been the center city of Bohemia
Then, in the 5th century, the collapse of the Roman Empire caused great migrations. Germanic tribes moved westward, and Slavic tribes moved in.
Prague Castle was begun in the 9th century, on fortifications dating back to the 7th century. Fort Vysehrad was started in the 10th century.
The city flourished in the 14th century during the reign of King Charles IV, Holy Roman Emperor, and King of Bohemia. He transformed the city into an imperial capital. It became the 3rd largest in Europe after Rome and Constantinople.
In the 16th century, the Gypsies (Bohemians) elected Ferdinand I, Holy Roman Emperor, as King of Bohemia and Hungary. He was also the King of Croatia. These lands at the time include present-day Austria. Ferdinand 1 was of the Habsburg dynasty.
In 1689, the city succumbed to widespread fire. This generated the reconstruction of the entire city.
The 18th century saw the plague kill up to 13,000 inhabitants, then Frederick the Great of Prussia invaded Bohemia.
Czechoslovak nationalism began in the wake of the European revolutions of 1848. Before that, German was the main language spoken, whereas after, with an infusion of Czechoslovaks, Bohemians, and Moravians, Czech became dominant.
In 1918, the independence of Czechoslovakia was proclaimed, and Prague became its capital.
In 1934, when Hitler took power in Germany, many Germans fled to Prague fearing the worst. But in 1939, Bohemia-Moravia was conquered by the Nazis. The population at that time included 55,000 Jews. Only 7,500 survived the Nazis. The city is otherwise untouched by the war.
Then, after the war, the country became communist from 1945 to 1989 as the Soviet Union oversaw its governance. In 1968, the Czechoslovak communist party attempted liberalization by adopting freedom of the press, expression, and circulation.
However, 400,000 Warsaw Pact soldiers (USSR version of NATO) quickly crushed this. The USSR wanted to normalize communism across its republics.
Finally, in 1989, as the Berlin Wall fell, the country and the city regained their democratic freedoms and independence from the USSR, with the Velvet Revolution.