I had the pleasure of going on the Hidden Prague Bike Tour and it was an amazing experience! The tour guide was very knowledgeable about the history of Prague and World War II, and he showed us sights that I would have never seen if I had taken a standard tour. It was a great way to see the city and learn about its history. I definitely recommend this bike tour to anyone visiting Prague!
We met Peter, our guide Michalská 509/10, next to the Blatnice restaurant. He welcomed us , and the other six people in our group, with a smile and handshake. We started pedaling down the Vltava River, taking in views of the Charles Bridge and Prague Castle along the way. As we rode, Peter pointed out different landmarks and told us about their history. For example, did you know that the Nusle Bridge was once used for executions? I had no idea!
The tour started with a ride along the banks of the Vltava River where we could admire both the city’s old and modern architecture, including the world famous Dancing House. We then learned more about Prague and the Second World War. In particular, we focused on the story of the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich.
Reinhard Heydrich was the Deputy Reichsprotektor of Bohemia and Moravia, and he was a very unpopular man. He was known for his cruel and demanding personality, and the people of Prague were glad when he was assassinated in 1942.
The assassination was carried out by a group of Czech resistance fighters known as the Silver Aces. They had planned the attack for months, and they were very successful in killing Heydrich. However, the aftermath was not as they had hoped. The Nazis responded to the assassination with brutal force, and many innocent people were killed in the resulting crackdown.
As our tour took us across the Nusle Bridge, Pete pointed out the darker side to its history. During the communist regime, the bridge was used as a place of execution. Political prisoners were thrown from the bridge into the river below, their screams echoing through the city. Today, the bridge is a peaceful spot, with views of Prague Castle and St. Vitus Cathedral. But it is important to remember that not all of Prague’s history is so idyllic. The Nusle Bridge is a reminder of the tragic events that took place during a dark period in the city’s past.
We finally arrived at castle of Vyšehrad, by the beautiful Cathedral of Saint Pieter & Paul . The cathedral’s cemetery has been the Czech Republic’s national cemetery since 1869, and it is the final resting place of many famous Czechs, including Antonin Dvorak, Bedrich Smetana, and Alfons Mucha.
After learning more about the history of Vyšehrad castle, we started our ride back to Michalská 50. On the way, we pedaled down Naplavka, one of Prague’s busiest quays. It was a great way to see the city from a different perspective and get some exercise!
I had an amazing time on the Hidden Prague Bike Tour, and I would highly recommend it to anyone visiting Prague! It was a great 3 hours!