Why choose Prague for your New Year’s holiday? Main reason: it is an enchanting city, with postcard views almost on every corner, and is the ideal location for a New Year’s Eve full of magic and charm.
Prague also has many advantages over other European cities: it costs less than other capitals, is easily accessible by different means (plane, car, bus) and has a variety of proposals for all ages and all budgets.
Whether you are looking for romance or transgression, the Czech capital will not disappoint your expectations. It is one of the best-loved European capitals, and during the New Year period it is even more fascinating, enhanced by lights and decorations that will make you believe you are living a fairy tale.
One last reason to choose Prague as your New Year’s holiday destination: the traditional Christmas markets last until 6 January, so you’ll still be in time for shopping!
Traditional, transgressive, romantic: how do you dream up your New Year’s Eve in Prague? There are so many things to do, you are sure to find what suits you. Here are a few ideas.
On the evening of 31 December, all the streets and squares of Prague fill up with people gathering to pop open bottles and wish each other well.
The nerve centres of outdoor New Year’s Eve celebrations, however, are essentially two: Stare Mesto Square in the Old Town and Wenceslas Square in the New Town.
The former is recommended for those who want a more traditional atmosphere: here, midnight is marked by the historic Astronomical Clock, a truly moving spectacle.
Wenceslas Square is especially recommended for young people and those who are not afraid of noise and confusion. The area is full of places to hang out before or after (or before and after!) the midnight toast.
Also in Prague, the end of the year and the beginning of the new one is greeted with a spectacular fireworks show. The best places to enjoy the fireworks are Old Town Square, Charles Bridge and the banks of the Moldova.
In recent years, Prague’s gastronomic scene has exploded thanks to the opening of modern restaurants offering quality creative cuisine. During your holiday in Prague, you can therefore choose whether to try typical specialities in a traditional tavern or treat yourself to more refined offerings.
And where to eat on New Year’s Eve in the Czech capital? We have selected for you three of Prague’s best restaurants offering special New Year’s Eve menus.
For those who like to go big, the Michelin-starred restaurant La Degustation Boheme Bourgeoise is the place to be: modern and refined design, top-class cuisine and carefully selected wines. It offers traditional cuisine reinvented with modern flair.
A place for those who like a cosy atmosphere, away from the hustle and bustle of the streets and squares, is the Grand Cru. Famous for its wine list, it is a refined restaurant with a modern decor and an affordable price.
If you want to combine a classy dinner with a splendid view of the city, book a table now for New Year’s Eve dinner at Aureole, a fusion restaurant near the city centre. Here, too, the décor is modern, but from the magnificent panoramic windows you can enjoy an unparalleled view of Prague… and enjoy the fireworks without the crowds.
Prague’s nightlife is legendary, made up of rivers of beer, transgression, trendy music: a great reason to choose the Czech capital if you want a New Year’s Eve of unbridled fun. But among so many clubs, which one should you choose?
We have chosen for you the three best clubs where you can greet the start of the New Year to the rhythm of music.
For lovers of glamorous clubbing, a must-see in Prague is the Duplex Rooftop Venue, a chic club overlooking Wenceslas Square that is part of the World’s Finest Clubs circuit. Spread over two floors, this exclusive venue frequented by VIPs and celebrities regularly hosts DJ sets by top international artists. The steel, glass and wood décor is refined, the music selection carefully curated and so is the music at the entrance. The right choice for those who want to party in style.
Post-industrial atmospheres and a sci-fi setting, eclectic musical offerings and a relaxed clientele make the Cross Club the right disco for those who want to celebrate New Year’s Eve without having to wear a suit.
If you’ve chosen Prague for a romantic New Year’s Eve celebration, add even more magic to your evening by booking a river cruise. Cruises on the Moldova are a popular tourist attraction, and New Year’s Eve is one of the best times to join in.
Lulled by the waters of the river, you can admire enchanting Prague bursting with colour and merriment and have a privileged vantage point for the fireworks, without having to contend with hordes of drunken tourists.
Prices of cruises vary widely depending on the duration, the number of courses on the dinner menu and the drinks included.
If, on the other hand, you are a young person looking for fun, an original way to spend New Year’s Eve are the NYE Party Boats, dinner and club cruises designed for those who love nightlife.
In Prague, New Year’s Eve fireworks are an encore: not only on 31 December, but also on 1 January you can enjoy an exciting fireworks display.
The 1 January fireworks in Prague start at 6 p.m. and are a smaller-scale, more informal event than the previous evening’s. They are not an official event, but are fired from barges on the river.
While they don’t have the magnificence of the fireworks on 31 December, they are fascinating and evocative; what’s more, the atmosphere is intimate and familiar and the crowds decidedly less rowdy than the night before. Don’t miss them!
Organising a New Year’s Eve in Prague is not difficult: you can do it yourself, without having to resort to tourist agencies and tour operators whose commissions inflate the price of your holiday.
Where to start? From the flight. Book as early as possible to grab the low-cost fares, then start looking for your hotel.
It is strongly recommended to book your dinner in advance because the best venues and cruises sell out of tables many days before 31 December; even if you settle for any venue, it may not be easy to find a table on this particular date. Don’t risk spoiling your evening by looking for somewhere to eat.
Even for clubs it is a good idea to buy your ticket in advance as this way you avoid the long entrance queues; moreover, many clubs apply a discounted rate to tickets bought in advance.
Missing something? Yes, museums, monuments and attractions to visit. Decide before you leave what you want to see and buy your tickets online. Again, the advantage is twofold: skip the queues at the entrance and save a few euros.
There are no special things to know about celebrating New Year’s Eve in Prague, just take the normal safety precautions recommended for any trip.
Be careful with your wallet and valuables, especially if you attend parties on the squares, as unfortunately the number of pickpockets at work increases during the holidays and they tend to concentrate in the most crowded places. Also beware of firecrackers and fireworks thrown in the streets or from house balconies.
As far as getting around is concerned, we recommend public transport as taxis may be delayed due to roads being closed or jammed with revellers. The metro generally runs until 2am, after which night trams operate until 7am; get the latest timetables before leaving your hotel.
Prague is one of the best cities to visit in winter because it is particularly atmospheric during this season. Unfortunately, however, the temperatures are quite cold and you need to cover up well to be able to experience New Year’s Eve without chattering your teeth from the cold.
Average temperatures in Prague in December and January range between 2° during the day and -2° at night. Rainfall is not frequent during these months (the wettest are June, May and July) but it is always a good idea to pack a waterproof jacket and shoes.
For more information on the climate in Prague and a weather forecast for the coming days, please visit the Prague Weather page.
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