Segway Tour of Prague

I had already been in Prague for a few days myself, but the others in my group had basically just stepped off the plane and on to a segway. I couldn’t imagine how they must have felt, but I guessed that it was probably something along the lines of tired and tipsy. It’s probably a good thing that we weren’t about to set off on a four hour walking tour of the city.

Personally, I was bright eyed and bushy tailed like some sort of hyper Canadian squirrel, so I was ready to go. I waited as one by one, everyone else boarded their segways and proceeded circle around the street in front of me. I was anxious as I was the last one standing, so I eagerly hopped onto my segway as it was presented in front of me.

Woah.

Did I mention that I had never ridden a segway before? It felt unnatural at first. As soon as I stepped onto the foot platform, it did a little jump forward. I pulled back, and it stopped. Once I steadied myself, my instructor showed me how to make it work and taught me all the basics.

I did a few laps of the street and steered myself around the moving crowd. I was initially surprised that they were trusting me with a (albeit small) motorized vehicle within such close range of unarmed people, until I realized how controlled it was. When I leaned forward, the segway moved forward. When I leaned backward, the segway stopped. When I turned the handlebar, the segway spun in the direction that I pointed it. It was fairly straight forward.

Once everyone was confident with our new skills, we were off into the streets of Prague!

Having never been on a segway before, I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect, but I suppose that I imagined something more… flat. However, given that we were in Prague and surrounded by a sea of uneven cobblestones, it made for one bumpy ride.

*pop* *pop* *pop* I felt like a little human-popcorn making my way up the street, and couldn’t help but laugh throughout the whole experience. Luckily, the cobblestones were left behind as we ventured into other areas of the city, including green parks and picturesque viewpoints.

We climbed steep streets and rolled down hilly pathways. We drove through empty forested areas and ventured through compact spaces and moving crowds. We passed over and under multiple bridges and saw the city from every angle. It really was a treat in terms of variety, and we were able to cover a lot of ground in a short amount of time.

What ended up being the best part of the entire tour was the lookout point up near Prague Castle. We spent some time admiring the view, and didn’t have to suffer the exhaustion of climbing to the summit with our own two feet. Even better? We made a mid-tour beer break at a cute little patio cafe at the top of the hill.

The segway tour of Prague ended up being one of my favourite experiences in Prague–if not my absolute favourite. I would highly recommend the tour if you find yourself in the city, especially if you are limited for time.

TIPS:

  • If your footrests start to angle in the wrong direction (due to going too fast), quickly stop your segway to straighten them out, and continue again.
  • If you have a camera or other things to carry, ask for a segway with a pouch or container.
  • Be confident. You will actually be going through crowds of people, so don’t be afraid of getting into the thick of things.
  • Bring a little extra change with you for a mid-tour break; you can grab a drink on the top of Prague!
  • Have fun ;]

This trip was made possible by Czech Tourism
All views and opinions are my own.

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