Beer and bicycles in Prague

Prague rivals some of Europe's most romantic cities when it comes to beauty and culture. Well-loved for its bicycles and beer, there are few better ways to explore this historic city than with a cycling tour and classic pub crawl.

Prague might look like it's come straight from the pages of a fairy-tale, but beneath the baroque towers lies a modern and vibrant city with some breathtaking sights and a lively bar culture. Prague is ripe for exploring on foot, but cycling is the quintessential way to take in the winding streets and charming neighborhoods of the city.

Exploring on two wheels

Cycle through the ages on one of the handful of Yellow Zebra bike tours available. These three-hour guided tours take in the major highlights of the city, including the Old Town Square and Rudolfinum music hall. Feel the cool breeze on your face as you cross the Vltava river to Lesser Town and learn the ancient story of the imposing Prague Castle. Private tours are flexible, and can accommodate groups from two to 100.

Sun-seekers will love Parah Bike's Beer Garden & River Tour, which stops at the splendid Troja Chateau with its extensive botanical gardens, before heading on through the city's finest parks, Stromovka and Letna. This beginner-friendly tour invites you to cycle off the beaten path to catch the best panoramic views of the city, before finishing up with a crisp Czech beer in a sun-filled beer garden.

City Bike calls itself the original Prague cycle tour company, and with its expert guides and scenic loop through the historic old town, it's easy to see why. Discover a slice of history with this central guided tour, which takes riders through Prague mainstays like Wenceslas Square, the ancient Malá Strana district and the Jewish Quarter. Tours run three times a day from Králodvorská.

Best beer in the world

Prague boasts some of the best pubs and bars in Europe, serving what's thought of by locals as the best beer in the world. The Czechs have been brewing beer since the 12th century, so it's safe to say that they know what they're doing.

For an authentic taste of local life, try this bar crawl for yourself. Start at the castle in Kuchyň restaurant and stroll across Charles Bridge from the Old Town to the New, stopping off at Lokál to sample the dark beer called Kozel, and at Malostranská Pivnice to taste the famous Pilsner Urquell on the way. Finish up at city center beer hall Pinkasů and settle in for a late one. As locals love these boltholes so much, it's a good idea to call ahead for a table.

If you're looking to mingle with the locals and escape the tourist traps, join the Clock Tower Pub Crawl, Prague's long-running organized bar tour. With a two-hour open bar and free shisha, a night on the town with the Clock Tower group is guaranteed to be a memorable one. The tour aims to be authentic as possible, starting out at rustic pubs and hidden bars that locals love, before taking revelers on to some of Prague's best late-night bars where they can dance the night away.

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