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, and the atmosphere gently builds towards midnight, when revellers gather around the city to watch the fireworks.
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 river cruises: the Party Boat and the Jazz 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, 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 certain areas of the city to watch the fireworks. These are launched by various organisations, many by revellers themselves!
The river cruises, restaurants and clubs time their entertainment programmes to allow guests to see the fireworks, and many venues include Champagne to celebrate with in the price of the ticket.
Restaurants and clubs that are not within viewing range of the fireworks allow guests to leave before midnight to go to watch the fireworks, then return afterwards to continue with the party (all venues in the city centre are within 10 minutes walk of the fireworks).
Where to Watch the Midnight Fireworks
All the action takes place in the city centre. To watch the midnight fireworks, head for somewhere overlooking the Vltava River or go to one of the main squares (Old Town Square or Wenceslas Square).
|OPTION 1 - THE RIVER:|
The atmosphere by the river is fun and relaxed.
At midnight Charles Bridge is the central point of celebrations on the river. With a backdrop of the Old Town on one side of the river and Prague Castle on the other, you 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 to 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 to the terrace or the streets. This includes restaurants on Petrin Hill and up near Prague Castle.
|OPTION 2 - THE 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, and the atmosphere gently builds. Then, at the stroke of midnight, it gets hair-raising.
Czechs LOVE to set off fireworks: 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.