Unique Ways to Explore Prague
The majority of travel agencies in Prague employ staff who speak English, and many have become skilled at arranging travel that is sports related, with anything on offer from scenic flights and parachuting, to climbing. Regardless of if you select a high-octane pursuit, such as bungee jumping, or a more calm scenic plane ride over Prague, or possibly a more traditional activity like cycling, kayaking, or Segway tour, you will discover one distinctively Czech characteristic— participants generally finish up in a local pub, boasting about their tales of adventure over tankards of beer.
Drive down the Streets in a Vintage Automobile
What better way to explore Prague’s unique, old world beauty than in a classic vintage car from the 1920s or ‘30s? An increasing number of tour operators have begun offering antique car tours recently, and the vintage beauties are now a familiar sight around Prague’s historical sites. Some of the tour operators include Prague Vintage Cars, CityDiscovery, and Prague Private Guides. You can book in advance or just pick up a ride from Malá Strana at the end of Charles Bridge. Prices range from 770 CZK to 1900 CZK depending on the company, number of passengers, and the duration of the ride.
Glide through Town on the Historic Tram Line No. 91
Step into one of the famous trams on Prague’s No. 91 Line and take a step back in time. Trams have been a part of the city since the days of horse-drawn carriages, but the distinctive red trams of the No. 91 Line were retired from general use in 1974. Now they are brought out on weekends and national holidays between March and November, so you can enjoy a nostalgic ride along its cobbled streets. Check the city transport website (www.dpp.cz) for ticket prices and timetables.
Soar through the Sky in an Airplane or Helicopter
Experience the beauty of Prague from the air on one of AeroPrague’s sightseeing airplane or helicopter tours. These one-of-a-kind flights can take you over the city or over the nearby Karlštejn Castle. All flights take off from a small airport in the outlying district of Letňany. Check the website (www.aeroprague.com) for details.
Float through the Air in a Hot Air Balloon
Whether looking for a romantic outing or a group adventure, there is nothing like floating through the air in a hot air balloon. Prague Experience offers one-hour flights that take You all over Prague’s surrounding countryside, including Karlštejn Castle and Konopiště Castle. Check the website (www.pragueexperience.com) for current ticket prices.
Copy the local people and try jumping off a bridge… Throughout the summertime, KI Bungee Jump (www.bungee.cz) allows you to do exactly that: from June-September (although, only at weekends), there are frequent plummeting sessions from Zvikovské podhradí, which is a bridge standing high above the Vltava. Prices are around 900 CZK to 1000 CZK for each jump, and make sure you book in advance. KI Bungee also offers lower adrenaline activities like rafting, kayaking and team building pursuits for up to thirty people at a time, as well as walking on hot coals. This last mentioned activity could have been inspired by Czech TV, where several reality shows have featured good looking contestants pushing themselves to their limits to conquer their deepest fears.
The present trend with skydiving is for clients to be fastened to an instructor, so they can experience free fall on their initial jump, without needing to undergo the normal regimen of line jump training. This service is provided by Skyservice and Paraškola Impact, and the staff will even film your excitement as a memento. Regrettably, free falling is only allowed outside of Prague, although organisers will pick clients up and transport them to the small airport nearby on Prague’s outskirts.
Paraškola Impact – Dolní Twelve, Nusle, Prague Four (www.paraskolaimpact.cz). Prices: Basic course 2000 CZK. Tandem jumps 3500 CZK. Jump and video 5100 CZK. In spite of its’ regrettable name, Impact are a reputable parachuting school who provide advanced and basic courses, as well as tandem jumps (that do not require any training).
Skyservice – Kunětická Two, Nové Město, Prague Two (www.skyservice.cz). Prices: Basic course 2000 CZK. Tandem jumps 3800 CZK. Skydiving is not permitted in the New Town: The above listing relates to the office of a company based in Prague which arranges airfield jumps in Prostějov or Příbram.
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