The year is drawing to a close and, just like every year, we ask ourselves: What shall we do this year on New Year’s Eve? How about a trip to Prague? Prague is always worth visiting, but on New Year’s Eve the city is particularly magical.
Whether you go out for a meal in one of the countless restaurants, toast the New Year in a bar or simply admire the city’s beautiful firework display together with the other revellers – we have summed up our tips and some important advice for you.
Prague is the capital and the most populous city of the Czech Republic. Situated on the Vltava River in former Bohemia, the city enchants with countless spires, some of them golden, and an old town largely spared from the destruction of the Second World War, with buildings dating from the Romanesque to the Gothic periods. The town hall and its astronomical clock are of particular renown.
The Charles Bridge (Karluv most) spans the Vltava River and connects Prague’s Old Town with the Lesser Town (Malá Strana). It dates back to the 14th century and is considered to be the oldest bridge still standing across the Vltava River. It was given its present name, Kalsbrücke or Karluv most, in 1870, in honour of Emperor Charles IV.
A walk across the bridge is highly recommended, as you will have a beautiful view of Prague’s Old Town. But watch out for your valuables in the crowds. Since the bridge is regarded as THE place of interest, it is visited not only by numerous tourists and sellers of small souvenirs, but also by the odd pickpocket. Of course, you will also have a beautiful view of the fireworks from the bridge, but it is advisable to either make your way to the bridge early or find a nice spot on the banks of the Vltava.
Many shipping companies also offer trips with a cosy dinner over New Year’s Eve. Should you be interested, it would be a good idea to book a seat or table at an early stage.
You will also have a lovely view of the fireworks and of course of the city below you from Prague Castle (Pražský hrad). The castle area is considered to be the second biggest in the world. The complex dates back to the 9th century and has been inhabited by various emperors from different eras for generations. A pleasant footpath uphill takes you to the imposing site. You could however save your energy and take the metro or tram there, alighting at one of the nearby stations. We do recommend the footpath, though, because you can just enjoy the fantastic view on the way up and/or down and can explore the little shops.
Anyone who would prefer to spend New Year’s Eve dancing can visit one of the innumerable clubs. At some of the clubs you can watch the fireworks outside the door, or you can just dance into the New Year. Again, it is advisable to book early as most clubs will have special events on, for which you will need a ticket.
Our tip: Whatever you would like to do in Prague on New Year’s Eve, book early. Find out about prices first and don’t let yourself be hoodwinked. And above all: have a fabulous turn of the year!
Our conclusion: Prague is always worth a visit, but especially on New Year’s Eve, as there is something for everyone and the beautiful city is particularly magical then.
We wish you a Happy New Year, and may you have a wonderful time in Prague.
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