Seeing Prague on Segway

It’s geeky, it’s awkward. It’s the best way to sight see Prague!

I think it’s really funny when I see people on Segway. I also think it’s mighty clever not to have to walk from place to place, so I was glad to trade in a bit of silly looking if it meant I didn’t have to walk my lazy butt to sight see Prague.

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I didn’t think it would be difficult, but it was harder than it seems at first. Check me out! How stiff do I look on my trial run with Martin, our Segway tour guide? It took me awhile to get the hang of “toe” for going forward and “heel” for slowing down and backing up.

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Gerard, however, seemed to be a natural at it. After 15 minutes of practice we were good to go. I mean, I was still stiff and all, but I managed to not run into any walls, or my worse fears, little old ladies. Score!

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Here we are at our first viewpoint stop and a panoramic view of the city – the Strahov Monastery. I giggled all the way up after seeing people walk the same route. Now I get it. It feels great to be the one climbing hills with ease. Or maybe I couldn’t stop laughing because I kept thinking of mall cop. LOL

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I felt like a kid, zipping around on these things, I almost didn’t want to get off at each stop. But it was a nice break to stretch our legs and hear Martin with his lovely accent talk about the history and weird (per my request) side of Prague.

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Here we are in front of the Castle. Martin is lecturing me on speeding. Just kidding. But he did let us know there are built in-meters to prevent us from going over a certain speed limit for safety reasons obviously. I was tempted and tried a few times only to have the Segway slow me back down before I went too fast. Haha.

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I was surprised how easy it was to Segway the cobblestone streets of Prague. There were the occasional bumps but for every pothole we approached, Martin made sure to slow down and caution us so that we wouldn’t fall. He really was good at navigating without looking, turning around often to check up on us.

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After a quick stop for hot chocolate at the beer garden – because Segwaying under the influence would not be the smartest idea – Martin took off our training wheels! (ie. the speed limit monitor) From that point on, I sped up when there was nobody around, screaming weee! every so often. It was so much fun.

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Earlier before the tour started, Martin asked if there was anything in particular we would like to see. Because Prague on Segway only allows private tours for 2, we were able to tailor our Viewing Point tour to our liking. Our one simple request: a stop by the John Lennon Wall.

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We had such a blast we actually went over time. Gerard got to see his wall as promised and I got my bit of weird and spooky history trivia. My only complaint, other than having to return the Segways and walk home, is that we started our tour a tad late. It is now winter and the sun was setting just as we made our way up to the viewing points. Half our tour was done in the dark, but it was still great exploring the city at night.

I never thought I’d say this, but Segway tours are so awesome. I’m not sure we would’ve been able to get up all those hilly panoramic viewpoints otherwise. I mean, I could probably walk, but who am I kidding.

While Prague may be a great city to explore on foot, many attractions are not so close to each other, so I highly recommend if you’re crunched for time or not a fan of walking, Segways are so much fun, and dare I say, cool.

Have you Segway’d anywhere before?

 

Disclaimer: We received a discounted rate with Prague on Segway. As always, my thoughts, my words. Still my voice behind the blog.

 

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  • http://www.suitcaseandheels.com/ Melissa

    Segway tours are awesome! I’ve done them in San Francisco, Chicago and Washington DC so far. I could’ve done one in Dubrovnik but chose to spend my time swimming and sunbathing instead. My favourite thing to do is spin in circles on a Segway. Just tilt the handles to the right or left and wheee! Glad you’ve discovered them as well.

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Once I figured out how to turn, I was trying to drive that thing like a car, it was fun to spin in circles! Lol love them!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      Oh man. We wish it was warmer right now so we could head down to Croatia to do that too. I have a video of me spinning in circles.. One of my faves too! haha

  • Iain Mallory

    I love segways, done a few tours with them and as Prague is such a cool city it seems the ideal place to enjoy on one. I’ve not managed to escape a group tour though that would be even more cool, i’ll have to give it a try sometime soon.

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Yea I can’t imagine rolling around with a big group so I was glad we got to keep Martin to ourselves. Private tours are the best!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      Yup. It’s great that we were only 2 in our group. Prague on Segway definitely let us make this tour our own…

  • Ashley of Ashley Abroad

    I’ve never tried a segway but now I’m intrigued! I would totally relive my childhood on it and go in circles and such. I would’ve guessed the cobblestones would make it difficult but I guess not!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      Cobblestones are no match for these Segways! It’s pretty impressive I have to say.

  • http://debbzie.blogspot.com/ DebbZie

    Hey, segway looks so fun to do. I’ve never tried it but I’d love to ride one of these one day. Nice post ! :)

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      Thanks Debb. It looks fun cause it is. You should give it a try at least once. =)

  • http://www.ourbigfattraveladventure.com/ amy&andrew

    We had a go on the segways in Rome this summer and you’re right – it is so
    much fun and absolutely hilarious, I didn’t want to get off! Congrats on your engagement
    by the way!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      I couldn’t stop giggling while riding them, they really are a lot of fun. Rome is probably a great place for Segways!

  • http://www.scenewithahart.com/ Fidel

    I have never done it, but have seen people do the tours all over the world. I guess it depends on the weather and how much time you have to spend in a place. I always want to kick those things when they zoom by me though :-)

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Hahaha.. I use to feel the same. LOL

  • http://www.heelsandwheelsonline.com/ Bobbi Lee Hitchon

    Awesome!! I’ve wanted to try a segway since the police on my college campus got them like six years ago. I don’t know what I still haven’t. I did see a girl testing one out in Malaysia and they did look a bit difficult to balance on especially in Prague. I rented bikes there and remember almost killing myself after visiting a beer garden at the top of that hill where the Stalin monument once was. I think that may have had something to do with the beer though. Very cool experience guys. I loved reading about it!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Aww man I couldn’t help but think mall cop the entire time. Maybe that’s why I was laughing so much throughout the day. Haha.. that beer garden was so easy to get up by Segway, lol, sorry Bobbi. But yea, I’d say the beer had something to do with it. :P

  • http://twitter.com/mrsoaroundworld Ana Silva O’Reilly

    NEVER EVER in my life! Especially after the Segway founder died in one. You were brave. I saw someone the other day in Lisbon on one – in the hills no less!! But besides my fears, I can totally see the appeal – and resting the legs!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      He died??! I’m glad you didn’t tell me this before I did the tour, I might have chickened out. :P

  • http://www.theworldofdeej.com The World of Deej

    I’m always filled with mixed emotions on segways also. I usually scoff and say “NEVER EVER” like Mrs. O, but then when the person zooms by and is doing so without any effort, well then I’m jealous. I rode one once…through the lobby of my old hotel. Sort of crashed it into the elevator. That was the end of that…

  • http://twitter.com/L_e_a_h Leah Travels

    How did I miss this? I did a regular old walking tour of the city! Probably best as I was drunk much of the time. ;-) Kidding of course.

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Hahaha.. I’d be very afraid to see you drunk on Segway. Lol

  • http://www.travelrinserepeat.com/ John

    I REALLY want to ride one of these….though I think I would be missing everything on the tour as I’d be playing too much on the segway.

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Haha yea at times I felt bad because I’d go in circles around Martin when I should be still still and listening. Lol

  • http://twitter.com/WorkMomTravels Francesca

    It looks like you really had a lot of fun, but I’m still not sold. I swore off Segways when I witnessed a woman fall flat on her face right outside the Capitol in Washington, DC. I’ll just keep walking. Slowly, but walking.

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Aww man that was my biggest fear but after being on one, I find it hard to fall off, it’s so balanced. Poor lady. Walking is still one of our fave ways to get around, though.

  • CaptainandClark

    You two are adorable! We’ve never done a segway tour, or even been on them, but I forsee that changing soon. Keep on rollin’ ;)

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      I can already see it now.. lol

  • http://twitter.com/lazytravelers Lazy Travelers

    hahaha i mean, we’re (clearly) lazy, but segways have never been particularly appealing. maybe someday…

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      these are perfect for you two! haha

  • http://twitter.com/TheWrldWanderer The World Wanderer

    Hmm, I never thought of taking a Segway tour, but you two make it look cool! Maybe I’ll have to give it a try one of these days…we’ll see…

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      It’s no shark cage diving.. but definitely has its appeal. Haha..

  • http://twitter.com/jettingaround Jetting Around

    Wow, cool shots! I have never done a Segway tour, somehow I think of security and cops on those things in Chicago haha. Maybe someday…

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Mall cop! LOL

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