A Segway Experience: The Prague Post
Prague is a city of Old World charm and romance. . .and the best way to see it is on segway! My husband and I were in Prague for three nights last month. I'd pre-booked the segway tour for our first day there on the recommendation of friends who visited Prague last year. Never having ridden a segway before I had butterflies in my stomach about it, but it turned out to be the highlight of our trip!
It was a cloudy, drizzly day. . . not the best for a segway tour, and when it changed into a real downpour, I hoped the guide would cancel it. Not a chance! He handed each of us a poncho and continued giving us instructions on how to segway. My nervousness must have spilled into my demeanor because I could see from my 20s-something's guide's expression that he feared I'd be the problem person in our group of six. (Of course, screaming like a banshee when I thought I might hit a tree likely didn't help my cause either.) But, in just thirty minutes I'd gotten the hang of it, and I was zipping away into the sunset, leaving the rest of my group to bite the dust.
Having toured Amsterdam and Budapest on the hop-on-hop-off bus already, the guided Segway tour was a welcome change in pace and the ideal way to cruise the hilly, historic streets of Prague for a comprehensive three-hour visit. The segway, once you've mastered it is really suited for covering ground when exploring such a vast site. It was a circuitous tour, where we visited the area around the castle and the monastery and many local streets, eventually crossing the river (but not via the famous St. Charles bridge which does not allow segways!) we stopped as long as we wanted, took pictures, even stopped for a short break at a restaurant to refuel.
My husband had taken to the segway like a fish to water, but by the end of the tour, I was maneuvering better than him. However, I wouldn't have made it the full three hours without our tour guide, George's steady hand and reassuring tone when I needed it for the first half-hour or so. That being said, anyone can do it and what fun it is to cruise up and down the streets on a segway.
With the wind blowing in my face, I found myself laughing spontaneously as I rolled down a hilly street. Guess what I want for X'mas!