I’m sold.

We’ve all seen the Segways on TV and heard about the CEO’s that use them to get around. I’ve watched tours go by in other cities and never really thought about taking one for a spin. But after doing Viator’s Prague City Tour on Segways, I want one for myself!

 

Prague-Segway-TourWe hopped on the number 22 bus up to the Prague castle and beyond and wondered just how far this office was where we were meeting our guide for the day.

Did we get the right directions or were we heading the wrong way?

Sure enough, when our stop came, we walked up the hill as instructed and came to a Segway shop. We were just in time as our guide Maria was getting our segways ready and loaded onto the sidewalk. The reason we started so far out of town was because we were about to zip through the best and most enjoyable city tour we’ve ever had. We had to first learn how to drive one of these things before we head out to the tourist area.

Instructions

Riding a Segway is easy, but it does take a little getting used to. Developed by NASA, these babies feel every nuance and movement. All you have to do is think about where you want to go and they follow.

Lean forwards a little and you will drive forward, lean to the right, it turns right. Stand up straight when going down a hill and if you want to stop, lean back a little. These are all micro movements, you don’t need to do a lot to control a segway.

After about 15 minutes of instruction, we set off to see Prague.

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Deb Getting Instructions from Maria

This was the best way to start; high above the castle. We had the opportunity to get used to our Segways before the crowds of the castle to overlook the beautiful city of Prague. The city is breathtaking.

We had always heard that Prague was beautiful and that we should get there quickly before it is ruined by tourism and globalization. While it was very crowded since we were visiting in the height of tourism, nothing could take away it’s beauty.

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Dave's got the helmet Camera on, stay tuned for video in the future

Maria pointed out the top attractions and buildings from an overhead view and took a snapshot of us all on our Segways as we enjoyed our own private 2 1/2 hour tour. It was the absolute perfect length of time to see enough of the city and play around on the machines.

It was now time to go downhill.

We had no problem maneuvering our way down the steep hill towards the city centre through the castle and a meandering trail through a park.

On the way down, we saw a very powerful memorial. The memorial to the victims of communism tells of a disappearing people.

disappearing people of communism PragueIt is an image portraying the hundreds of thousands of people killed or imprisoned and those who fled the country during the communist regime of 1948 to 1989. It starts with a full sculpture of a man, and with each step a part of him disappears until there is nothing left.

A Strong and Striking Image.

It was then time to make our way into the crowds of the square.

Prague-Square

Prague has a gorgeous square but it is suffering from overpopulation by the throngs of tourists. Seeing it by segway kept us out of the chaos as we stood high above heads on our platforms and made groups part ways for our machines. We didn’t feel overwhelmed by the people at all!

What I love about the Segway is that it can go anywhere. We hopped over curbs with them, drove on sidewalks and through enclosed walkways. We went down alleyways and along the river. It looks like a Segway is allowed to go anywhere!

The Segway is the best way to see a lot of the city in a very short time.

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tourists lock their love on a chain link fence

We saw the famous Charles Bridge and learned that the Czechs were very much into numerology. Construction began in 1357 in the month of Sept 7 at 5:31 am. (1-3-5-7-9-7-5-3-1)

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It was then on to the square to see the Astronomical Clock. We made it just in time for the 5:00 show of the sculptures of the Apostles putting on their display spinning around for us as the hour struck. I couldn’t believe the amount of people standing around to look at a clock. Sure it is old at 600 years and it is pretty, but come on people, it’s a clock! It was so crowded that we could only see a view from the side of the display. No problem we’ll come back in the morning when it’s far less crowded.

Note: we came back for the 7:00 am gong and nothing happened. I guess the clock only wakes up when there are crowds of people.

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We whizzed through a few more attractions before saying goodbye to our wonderful guide, Maria. It was such a fun time and cool way to see a city. We said to ourselves, if we ever go to another city and only have a day to explore, we are definitely going to see it by Segway. It’s fast, it’s fun and you can get to all the same little places and back alleyways that you can by walking, only with a Segway it is way more cool!

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  1. Jaime

    Aren’t they amazing. I just recently took my 1st ever segway tour in Amsterdam and loved it. It was so much fun I wrote about it as well. I wil have to keep it in mind if I am ever in Prague to check it out. They are quite the adventure!

  2. eva hamori

    I saw them in Budapest the other day and thought how fun it would be to give it a try. How old do you have to be for a Segway? My kids are 5 and 7, and we are getting pretty tired walking around the sites each day up to 5 hours. This might be the answer!!
    I haven’t been to Prague in a long time, but your pictures make me think we can squeeze it in on our way to France!!
    Cheers,
    eva

  3. Jo

    How / where can I get in touch with Maria, I’m visiting Prague next month. :) is the $105 tour the same that you had?

  4. J.R.

    You answered my question…I wondered how easy it would be to do a city tour of Prague on a segway! It was interesting to hear that curbs, uneven road services and crowds didn’t pose and problems for you and that you felt so positively about segway city tours. Definitely different and, yes, Inspiring!

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  11. david

    Prague is a great WALKING city and walking is BY FAR the best way to appreciate, enjoy and take in the beauty and sights of this magical city from all angles. Trams are a convenient way to bridge a long gap between sites. Apart from hating the nuisance value of Segway groups clogging up the Old Town Square and small sidewalks I do not see why the many young people that use them cannot walk……..it must be the cool factor and novelty value but also think of those who want to walk unimpeded and not have to wait while a group of Segways wind their way through the pedestrians! In many countries they are banned in tourist areas so I hope that the same will happen soon in Prague. Save your money your health and take a safer option…..these feet are made for walking! (I have also seen accidents and people collide and fall off!). I rest my case as a tour leader/guide.

    1. debndave Post author

      Hi David, thanks for your comment. I do however think that you are using this blog as a platform to promote your own company, I think that you are doing yourself a disservice by bashing a fun and unique tour. I have no problem with people having opinions,but when I see that you run a walking tour of Prague, I think that you are publishing this comment simply for your own agenda. I think it will backfire for you. You would have been better off to be positive with your comment, and give people an alternative to a segway rather than insult those who choose to try a segway tour. We take a lot of walking tours and spend a lot of time walking around cities, but there is nothing wrong with doing a tour that is fun and exciting. Good luck with your own walking tours.

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