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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
It 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 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.
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)
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.
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!
- Segway tours start at $105 USD
- You can find more tours and information at Viator's website