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New Years in Prague

If you’re headed to Prague for New Years and you’ve not made up your mind about what to do for New Years Eve (referred to as Silvestr in Czech), here’s a roundup of some of the best the city has to offer as well as what you can expect every year.

On the stroke of midnight

If you’re outside at midnight, you’ll be treated to a huge collaborative fireworks display as many of the parties around the city let off fireworks at midnight and plenty of people bring their own fireworks with them to let off in public spaces.

Crowds congregate in Old Town Square, Wenceslas Square and on Charles Bridge. To get above the action, go to one of the parks with a view, like Vitkov Hill (site of the National Monument), Riegrovy Sady in Vinohrady, or Petrin Hill in Mala Strana.

New Years Eats

Plenty of restaurants offer special fixed price New Years Eve menus, some with drinks included. Some lay on entertainment and dancing too.

Some of our favorites:

Nebozizek – situated on Petrin Hill offers bonfires on the terrace, excellent views over the city, live piano and a special NYE menu.

The Kampa Group restaurants are known for their excellent food and service. They’re putting on NYE parties at 4 of their restaurants. Hergetova Cihelna and Kampa Park are right on the river by Charles Bridge, Cowboys is on Nerudova and has a rooftop terrace where you’ll be able to see the fireworks from whilst La Provence is near Old Town Square. Here’s a link to the PDF flyer for all of their parties.

Ambiente Brasileiro –┬áThe all-you-can-eat meat feast comes with musical accompaniment, samba-style, from Tam-Tam orchestra on NYE. Just round the corner from Old Town Square too.

Clubbing It

Prague’s club scene provides a variety of styles to celebrate New Years.

Less than a year old, SaSaZu has made its mark by featuring high profile international acts. Their NYE party, SaSaZoo Caberet promises to prove their status as one of Prague’s premier clubs.

Also in Prague 7, Mecca is a long-standing favorite of Prague’s party people. They’ve got two superstar DJs in to help you dance the night away.

Bar scene

Some bars are ticket only affairs for New Years Eve, sometimes with an all-inclusive option and buffet style food.

Bugsy’s Bar is keeping things simple with a Back 2 Disco party starting at 6pm, entrance just 199Kc. Just a 2 minute walk to Old Town Square

Papas Bar & Restaurant on Bethlehem Square is putting on a 30s style evening with live jazz then DJs and a choice of all-inclusive food & drinks or just all-inclusive drinks.

The morning after

Chances are you’ll be getting to bed pretty late but there’s no excuse to miss the Prague City Fireworks display on New Years Day. Get yourself to somewhere within sight of Letna park just before sunset for a serious professional display. Our tip, by river at the Rudolfinum.

There are plenty of brunch options in Prague but the old faithful, Bohemia Bagel, with places by Charles Bridge, Old Town Square and near Vystaviste in Prague 7 will definitely sort you out.

Not enough options? Prague Information Service’s list of events for December includes plenty to keep you occupied and TicketPro’s New Years Eve page offers even more choices.

Image credit: fmorgen via Creative Commons on Flickr

Charlie takes care of the marketing side of things at JayWay Travel. A long-term Prague resident, his interests are cooking, eating out, cycling, skiing and travel.

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