New Year's Eve 2014-2015 in Prague » 31st December 2014:
New Year's Eve in Prague is party night. The river cruises, 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.
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 Jazz Cruise through Prague
and the Party Boat
Our Prague New Year's Eve Planner is the city's main guide to the festivities, featuring the best entertainment 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, many by Czech revellers themselves! While the restaurants and river cruises time their entertainment programmes so guests can watch the fireworks - some even provide 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 the river cruises, the banks of the river, Charles Bridge
or somewhere high in the Lesser Town
- for example on Petrin Hill
or by Prague Castle
For these fireworks people gather on the top decks of the river cruises (which congregate at Charles Bridge for midnight), they stand on the streets, and they stand 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 a combination of Charles Bridge, Prague Castle, the Old Town and/or the Lesser 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 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. For more information see our New Year's Eve Planner 2014-2015
New Year's Day Family Fireworks - 18:00
In addition to the New Year's Eve fireworks, Prague City Hall often puts on a fireworks display on New Year's Day at around 6pm - this is aimed at families with young children but everyone can naturally attend (City Hall will confirm whether it will run in 2014 in mid-December, and we will update this page accordingly).
Last year these fireworks were 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 view 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
. More details to follow in mid-December.