New Year's Eve 2013-2014 in Prague » 31 December 2013:
New Year's Eve in Prague is party night. The river boats, restaurants, bars and clubs are full of people, and the atmosphere gently builds. As midnight approaches, revellers gather at the Old Town Square, Wenceslas Square and by the river to watch fireworks.
| |New Year's Eve in Prague
Prague is a popular destination for New Year's Eve. The celebrations are enjoyed by one and all: the young and old, the quiet and romantic, the wild and carefree - there are entertainment options to suit all tastes.
Some people opt for restaurants offering an all-inclusive night of fine food, drinks and dancing. Others prefer a romantic, candlelit dinner 'à deux'. Some revellers bar crawl and chance on finding a club after the fireworks. Others buy tickets for a party in a club or music bar.
Finally, there are the ever popular river cruises: the Party Boat
and the Jazz Cruise
Our Prague New Year's Eve Planner is the city's main guide to the festivities, featuring the best entertainment in the city on this special night: New Year's Eve Planner
.New Year's Eve Fireworks - Midnight
As midnight approaches, crowds gather in several areas of the city to watch fireworks.
These are set off by various organisations and by the Czech revellers themselves. The restaurants and river cruises time their entertainment programmes to coincide with this, some providing Champagne for their guests to celebrate with.
Broadly, there are two options for where to watch the midnight fireworks. The first is to head for anywhere on or overlooking the river - this means near Charles Bridge
, Petrin Hill
or Prague Castle
For these fireworks, people gather on the terraces of the riverside and hillside restaurants and on the streets. Plus, the river boats congregate at Charles Bridge for midnight, and people take to the top decks.
The atmosphere is fun and relaxed, as people take in the beauty of fireworks over water, with the backdrop of Charles Bridge, Prague Castle and the Old Town.
The second option for watching the fireworks is to head for one of the main squares, either the Old Town Square
(the most popular) or Wenceslas Square
The squares are for the more adventurous!
As the atmosphere builds, large crowds gather. Then, at the stroke of midnight it gets pretty hair-raising! Czechs LOVE setting off fireworks, and although there are some aerial fireworks, many are handheld and fired off by the crowd. On the whole it's safe, but only just!
Whatever your choice, Prague is a terrific city for a New Year's Eve party, so we hope you enjoy it. For more information see our New Year's Eve Planner 2013-2014
|New Year's Day Family Fireworks - 18:00|
In addition to the New Year's Eve fireworks, Prague City Hall sometimes puts on a firework display on the river on New Year's Day, timed for 6pm to ensure families with young children can enjoy them too
(City Hall will advise us in early December if this is the case, and we will then update this page accordingly).
Fireworks are set off
from a pontoon sited in the middle of the river, between Charles Bridge (Karlův most) and Legions Bridge (Most Legií).
To view the fireworks with a backdrop of Prague Castle, the best place to stand is on or near Legions Bridge by the National Theatre.
To look down over the fireworks, head for high ground in the Lesser Town, anywhere from Petrin Hill round to Prague Castle.