Sightseeing in Prague
After a quick 3 days in Berlin, it was time to pack up our things and catch a train to the next stop on our trip, Prague. Prague was the only city we visited outside of Germany and as soon as our taxi pulled onto the cobbled streets of Malá Strana, I was completely in love. Like we did in Berlin, we used Airbnb to book an apartment in Prague and the location was absolutely perfect. It was a HUGE apartment and we were on the 3rd floor; we were literally right across the street from the Charles Bridge and we could see the castle from our bathroom window! Prague’s famous bridge is always crowded during the day, but I made a point to wake up early while we were there to enjoy its beauty minus all the hustle and bustle. Trust me, the peacefulness at that time of day is totally worth the early wake-up call.
Our train arrived in the early afternoon, so we only had 2 1/2 days to take in as much of Prague as possible. Like we did in Berlin, we decided to hit the ground running and start our visit with a guided tour to get acquainted with the city. Mike and I had never ridden on segways, and even though we’re always annoyed by the tourists on segways in Chicago, we decided to give the Prague on Segway tour a try. They were rated #1 on TripAdvisor and they only do private, 2-person tours. Because it was just Mike and me, our guide was able to customize the tour to our specifications. We told him we had just arrived and wanted a good overview of the city, and that’s exactly what we got!
We started our tour from the Prague on Segway office right across from the American Embassy in Malá Strana. From there we made a stop at St. Nicholas Church on our way up to the Prague Castle and gardens. It’s a bit of a steep climb up to the castle, but the beautiful views from the top are absolutely worth it. We cheated and let our Segways do all of the work, but I would definitely expend the energy for this viewpoint.
From the gardens we rode through Letná Park, stopping at several other great viewpoints along the way. We made our way back down the hill and crossed the bridge to explore Old Town, or Staré Město. The architecture in Prague is insanely beautiful, as we rode through the streets of Old Town I wanted to stop and stare at every corner. The colors and the details in these old buildings could keep you busy for hours on end, I highly recommend taking some time to let yourself get lost in Prague’s web of small cobblestone streets and alleyways.
After grabbing our first of many glasses of unpasteurized Pilsner Urquell from Lokál, we made a stop in the Old Town Square. This square is one of the most popular in Prague; you’ll find the Prague Astronomical Clock and the Gothic Týn Church here, two big tourist favorites. We then rode through Old Town, checking out other buildings and famous landmarks like Wenceslas Square, before crossing back over the Vltava river to end our tour. If you’re in Prague for a short period of time and want to quickly get acquainted with the city, the Prague on Segway tours are a great way to do just that.
Over the next couple of days we ate and drank our way around Prague (more on the eating and drinking to come!), revisiting several of the places where we had quickly stopped on our Segway tour. We also did our fair share of wandering and visiting other points of interest like the Old Jewish Cemetery. If you don’t want to shell out the cash for a guided tour and have time to spare, wandering around a new city is one of my favorite things to do – you’ll find places you wouldn’t have found otherwise and you get a more genuine feel of the city and its people. I feel in love with Prague over our short visit and hope to get back someday. If this European capital isn’t already on your bucket list, put it on there now!