New Year's Eve 2016-17 in Prague » 31st December 2016
New Year's Eve in Prague is party night. The river cruises, restaurants, bars and clubs are full, and the atmosphere builds gently. 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, and the celebrations are enjoyed by one and all: young and old, the quiet and romantic, the wild and carefree - there are entertainment options to suit all tastes.
Some people opt for a restaurant hosting an all-inclusive night of fine food, drinks and dancing, others prefer a romantic 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
and the Party Boat
Our Prague New Year's Eve Planner is the 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 at Midnight
As midnight approaches, crowds gather in several areas of the city to watch fireworks.
These are launched by various organisations and individuals, many by Czech revellers themselves!
Restaurants and river cruises time their entertainment programmes so guests can watch the fireworks, and some provide Champagne for guests to celebrate with.
Broadly, there are two options for where to watch the fireworks.OPTION 1. Head for somewhere overlooking the river:
a. Top decks of the river cruises, which congregate at Charles Bridge; b. Terraces of riverside restaurants; c. Streets by the river; d. On or near Charles Bridge
; e. Anywhere high up in the Lesser Town
(terraces of hillside restaurants, on Petrin Hill
, or the streets by Prague Castle
The atmosphere is fun and relaxed. Take in the beauty of fireworks over water, with a backdrop of Charles Bridge
and the Old Town
on one side of the river, or Charles Bridge
and Prague Castle
on the other.
OPTION 2. Head for a main square:
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!
Prague is a terrific city for a New Year's Eve party. For more information: New Year's Eve Planner 2016-2017
01st January - New Year's Day Family Fireworks
In addition to the New Year's Eve fireworks, Prague City Hall is putting on a firework display on the 01st January at 6pm. This is aimed at families with children, but anyone can attend.
The display lasts for around 10 minutes.
The fireworks will be launched
from Letna Park (Letenské sady), an area of high ground on a level with Prague Castle
, above the Lesser Town
The best place to view the fireworks is to stand on the river embankment or the bridges near the Old Town
: head for 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