Since we were there for a week, we figured help was needed to get the real deal on Europe’s sixth most visited city.
When I found out I could combine a Segway ride (SG-Point Segway Tours) with a tour around Prague, I was sold. I met my guide Petr for a 60-minute tour and after a friendly welcome, short initiation, and safety instructions, we were on our way. I’ve driven a Segway before but if it’s your first time, rest assured it’s quite simple to pick up and SG Point have an excellent safety track record.
Petr took photos along the way and emailed them through that evening so I had a record of our delightful tour.
The route covered all the most popular locations like Charles Bridge, Lovers Bridge, The National Theatre and Old Town Square. But he also showed me a few other lesser-known locations which shed insight into the incredible history of Prague. It would have been easy to walk past some of these buildings without knowing what significant events had taken place so a knowledgeable guide is essential.
I really enjoyed hearing about the amazing history all around me and before I knew it, the 60 minutes had turned into 90 minutes which Petr was completely fine with.
A 60-minute tour will set you back AUD $60 per person.
Free Walking Tour
Sandemans offers free walking tours of Prague and several other international cities.
The independent tour guides work on a tips-only basis, so you can just give them whatever you feel the tour was worth at the end. They run three sessions each day at 10am, 10:45am and 2pm leaving from the Old Town Square.
The tour lasted around three hours so we were pretty tired by the end of it and the kids were ready to put their feet up. So make sure you bring comfortable walking shoes and some water.
Lunch was available to purchase along the way at a recommended restaurant and the tour guide also offered several other paid tours the company operated.
Prague Castle – The Largest Castle In The World
Construction began on Prague Castle in 880AD and the complex sprawls over a massive 70,000 square metres.
Perched on a hill overlooking the city, it commands one of the best vantage points of Prague. And from here, it’s easy to see why it’s such a popular tourist destination.
We took an underground train to the nearest station, Malostranska, which only cost a couple dollars. Be warned, the walk from the station to the castle entrance is uphill and has a lot of stairs to contend with.
Entrance into the complex is free but a ticket needs to be purchased to enter into specific exhibits and buildings. We chose the “short visit” ticket which was CZK250 (around AUD$14) per adult (kids under 6 were free).
St. Vitus Cathedral is absolutely stunning, both outside and in. It dominates the skyline of the complex. If you’re on a very tight budget, you can still get into the back of the cathedral without a ticket but can’t take the “full” walk around the interior.
So there you have it. Three different ways to see Prague – Segway, walking and from above. Each of them highlights a different aspect of what makes this beautiful city so appealing.
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