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 and the atmosphere gently builds. As midnight approaches revellers gather by the river, at the Old Town Square and at Wenceslas Square to watch fireworks.
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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 is the ever popular 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 Czech revellers themselves. The restaurants and river boats 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 option is to head for somewhere overlooking the river
- this means on a boat on the river, along both sides of the river near Charles Bridge
, or anywhere high up in the Lesser Town
, including on Petrin Hill
and by Prague Castle
For these fireworks people gather on the top decks of the river boats, which congregate at Charles Bridge for midnight, on the streets, and on the terraces of the riverside and hillside restaurants.
The atmosphere is fun and relaxed, as people take in the beauty of fireworks over water with a backdrop of Charles Bridge, and Prague Castle or the Old Town.
The second option for 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 New Year's Eve fireworks, Prague City Hall is putting on a display on New Year's Day at 6pm to ensure families with young children can enjoy them
The fireworks will be set off
from Letna Park (Letenské sady), an area of high ground on a level with Prague Castle
on the Lesser Town
side of the river.
The best place to go to view the fireworks is by the river in the Jewish Quarter
/ Old Town
: stand on Dvorak embankment (Dvořákovo nábřeží), Cech Bridge (Čechův most), Manes Bridge (Mánesův most) or Charles Bridge (Karlův most)
. Alternatively, head for high ground: Letna Park, Prague Castle
or Petrin Hill