Prague or Praha is one gorgeous city. It is one of Europe’s oldest and most attractive cities. While many of its landmarks and architectural highlights have yet to become household names, their splendour and beauty are on par with some of their better known cousins.
One of the most interesting ways to see the “city of hundred spires” and its surroundings is by travelling around on a bike. With about 93 kilometres of bicycle trails, the whole city is yours to pedal around. Prague is a very bicycle friendly city, which makes it the ideal mode of sightseeing.
The variety and number of bike trails means that you will get great views, interesting and different perspectives and great accessibility to the marvellous sights of Prague. It is also a quick and convenient mode of getting around and gives you the freedom others don’t.
It is really easy to hire a bicycle and also relatively inexpensive. There are plenty of bike rental shops in Prague. They are generally found in and around the tourist hotspots and information centres. Hiring a bike can cost you between CZK 200 to CZK 500 a day. The price varies depending on the type and sophistication of the bike you want.
To make cycling more popular and encourage people to use this form of transportation bikes can be transported, free of charge, on the metro, ferries and (at specified times) on trams. Cycles are also transported for free on PID trains. The Czech Railways also offer a bike rental option at select train stations.
You can travel in Prague and its immediate surroundings on a bike by yourself – armed with a map of course. You can pick up good maps from the Information Centres. These maps have colour-coded routes that take you to all the different tourist sites and landmarks in Prague. They are an excellent reference resource and guide.
The other option is to join up with a guided tour – and there are many operators. The organised tours are not very much more expensive than just hiring a bike. The main advantages to the guided tours are you save a lot of time getting around; you get to see highlights via the easiest routes and avoid many strenuous uphill tracks.
Whichever choice you make or however many days you travel in Prague on a bicycle be sure to take in the famous and interesting sites of this lovely city. Here is a list for you to consider.
• Municipal House & Powder Gate
• Estate & National Theatre
• The Dancing House & Panoramic River Views of Prague
• Mala Strana or 'Lesser Town'
• Wenceslas Square
• John Lennon Wall
• Kampa Park
• Charles Bridge
• Astronomical Clock & Old Town
• Prague Castle
• Letna Park
• Along the Vltava River
• Royal Gardens
• Petrin Park
• Jewish Quarter
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