New Year's Eve in Prague » 31st December 2019
New Year's Eve in Prague is party night. The restaurants, bars, clubs and river cruises are full, as the atmosphere gently builds towards midnight when revellers gather to watch fireworks and welcome in the New Year.
Prague New Year's Eve
Prague is a popular city to celebrate New Year's Eve in. The festivities are enjoyed by one and all: the young and old, the quiet and romantic, and the wild and carefree.
There are entertainment options to suit everyone. Some restaurants offer a simple dinner, while others put on an all-inclusive night of fine food, drinks and dancing.
Some revellers prefer to bar crawl, drink beer on the streets and chance on finding a club after the fireworks. Others buy tickets for a party months in advance.
|Finally, there are the ever popular New Year's Eve river cruises:|
Party Boat | Jazz Cruise | Panoramic Cruise | Grand Panoramic Cruise | A La Carte Cruise
New Year's Eve Planner
Our New Year's Eve Planner is the main guide to the celebrations. It features the best river cruises, restaurants, beer halls, clubs and parties in the city. It also covers the opera, concerts and theatre performances on offer: Prague New Year's Eve Planner 2019.
As midnight approaches, crowds gather in a few key areas of the city in anticipation of the fireworks.
While the whole of Prague can sound like a war zone just after midnight, the fireworks are mostly set off in the main squares, over the river and around Prague Castle.
They are launched by various organisations, including many by revellers themselves! The
Czechs LOVE to set off fireworks.
Where to Watch the Fireworks
To watch the fireworks, go to one of the main squares (Old Town Square or Wenceslas Square) or head for somewhere overlooking the river. You can either stand on the streets or watch the events unfold from a river cruise or restaurant.
Restaurants, clubs and river cruises time their entertainment programmes so that guests can enjoy the fireworks and see in the New Year in style. Many include a glass or bottle of Champagne to celebrate with in the price of the ticket.
On the river cruises and restaurants overlooking the river, guests can see the fireworks from inside the venue. Some have open-air terraces for an even closer view of events.
At restaurants, bars and clubs not within viewing distance, guests can leave their venue shortly before midnight, walk to watch the fireworks, then return after the festivities to continue with the party.
So long as you choose a venue in the centre of Prague to celebrate New Year's Eve in, you will be within 10 minutes walk of the fireworks.
|OPTION 1 - YOUR GUIDE TO THE RIVER:|
By the river the atmosphere is fun and relaxed.
Charles Bridge is the focal point of the celebrations.
With a backdrop of the Old Town on one side of the river and Prague Castle on the other, revellers here can admire the beauty of fireworks over water.
| Where to watch the fireworks by the river:
a. Stand on Charles Bridge or in the streets nearby;
b. If you are on a river cruise, head for the top deck. Most boats congregate at Charles Bridge;
c. If you are in a riverside restaurant, on either side of the river, there may be views from inside or you can go out on the terrace;
d. If you are in a hillside restaurant in the Lesser Town, there may be views from inside, or you can go out on the terrace or the streets; for example, at the restaurants on Petrin Hill and near Prague Castle.
|OPTION 2 - YOUR GUIDE TO THE MAIN SQUARES:|
The squares (Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square) are for the more adventurous!
the night progresses, crowds gather at the Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square. The atmosphere gently builds, then at the stroke of midnight it gets pretty hair-raising.
||There are plenty of aerial fireworks, but a sizeable number of fireworks are handheld and fired off by the crowd themselves.|
On the whole it is safe, but only just!
Where to watch the fireworks at the squares:
a. Stand in either square. All city centre restaurants and clubs in the Old Town and New Town are within 10 minutes walk of one of the squares.
b. A few restaurants have viewing terraces which overlook the squares.
For more information and a list of events, see the Prague New Year's Eve Planner.
For information on what's open throughout December and early January: Christmas opening times.
For an introduction to the city: Prague tourism information.
For practical information, including currency exchange: Prague Tourist Information.
For travel advice: Travel to Prague and Travel around Prague by public transport.
For a simple way to arrange your Prague city break: Prague Package.