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Prague and Cycling: A Story of Forbidden Love

Although the Czech capital has no shortage of parks and greenery, cycling is not as widespread here as in Berlin or Amsterdam. This is evidenced by the fact that the Mayor of Prague has introduced a bicycle ban in the historic centre from May 1, 2018 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., allegedly because cyclists cause more accidents involving pedestrians than segways or cars that break road traffic rules. Nevertheless, you can still have a ride in Prague – there are several cycle tracks and a varied selection of sightseeing tour routes.

The popularity of cycling is on the rise

Criss-crossing Prague on a bike is not always easy. Cyclists have to contend with cobblestones, large numbers of tourists, and heavy traffic. In spite of this, the production and sale of bicycles in the Czech Republic is on the rise and cycling certainly has its undisputed place here. The number of cycle tracks is growing, especially along the Vltava River, but also on the streets, where more and more cyclists can be seen. New cycling initiatives are being launched throughout the country, such as the “To Work by Bike” appeal, scheduled for May, and local cyclists are helping create and update online maps of cycling routes which you can find here or here.

Czechs take cycling more as a sport rather than a means of transport for getting around in the city, and that is why they more often go cycling in the wild, outside Prague.

From Prague you can really go far by bike

The Czech Republic, as a member of the European Union, is interwoven with European cycling routes. Thanks to this excellent infrastructure, even some very distant cities are accessible via comfortable and good quality cycle tracks. There are several tracks passing through Prague, like EuroVelo no. 4 (between the Ukranian city of Kiev and the French town of Roscoff), EuroVelo no. 7 (between Norway’s Nordkape and the Maltese city of Valetta) and EuroVelo no. 9 (between Gdansk in Poland and the Croatian port of Pula).

Not to worry. You do not have to go too far from Prague. There are lots of opportunities to take less demanding trips right here in the city of a hundred spires.

Prague by bike: get shown around

Due to the aforementioned complications, it is best to take a bike tour with a guide, who will be able to show you Prague from a completely new perspective.

Explore the Historic Centre of Prague by Bike

This tour will take you round the significant sights in only two and a half hours. You will see the Municipal House, the impressive National Theatre, the architecturally unique Dancing House, the Rudolfinum and much more. And most of all, it is an opportunity to get to know Prague in an unusual way and to exercise a bit before you begin the climb towards the Prague Castle. After this kind of pedalling, even the beer tastes different ... But do take note: there is zero alcohol tolerance on driving in the Czech Republic! The tour ends with a chilled drink on Kampa Island, an oasis of calm, just a few steps from the graffiti-covered Lennon Wall. Beautiful sunny days are coming to Prague, so do not hesitate to step on the pedals with us!

Real Prague Electric Bike Tour

As is the case in many other cities, you can also ride an electric bike in Prague, which is a great way to get a little exercise while exploring the city, and yet not get worn out at all. This tour is 21 km long and is suitable for all - sportsmen and non-sportsmen, children, parents and even grandparents. Thanks to this electric bike guided tour, you will be able to see even places that few people other than Prague locals know. Have a look at a disused stadium, which is among the largest in the world, see an abandoned swimming pool and the contemporary art centre MeetFactory in Smíchov, pass right next to a railroad track with abandoned trains ... Book your ride on time, places are selling out fast!

Take a Bike Trip from Prague to Karlštejn Castle

There are at least three good reasons to take a bike ride to Karlštejn. Firstly, you will be riding on a flat plane, secondly, you will see (yet another!) famous monument built under Charles IV., and thirdly, you can take this as a training session on a European cycling route. This route is very undemanding, the whole way you’ll be on cycle track A1. In 35 km, you will arrive at the destination, and the guide will show you around the castle. The trip back to Prague will be by train; the train fare is included in the price of the tour. We still have free places, book yours here.

What’s there to say in the end? Come join us!

A Prague trip by bike is a bit like a good horror movie. Occasionally, you’ll get goose bumps, but you will want to experience it again and again. Cycling in Prague may not be as famous as the local beer, but it’s an excellent way to get to know the city, with the wind blowing in your hair!


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