How to celebrate New Year’s Eve – 2023 in Prague

New Year in Prague

New Year in Prague

New Year’s Eve in the Czech Republic is called Silvestr. Prague is a favorite place of Russian tourists to celebrate the New Year. This is for many reasons, the main is the winter beauty of the city and budget availability. Celebrate the holiday is coming people of different generations, different temperaments and different views on life. In this Prague for everyone to find its own entertainment, which will never be forgotten and will be to your liking.

The weather

Read more about the weather in December and January. If you make a compression of the information, it turns out the following:

  • Average temperature: -5, +5
  • Precipitation. Possible wet snow, which does not stay in the center for long. The city is well-maintained and snow cover is extremely rare in tourist areas.
  • Clothing. December is very windy. Prague is hilly and if on the narrow streets below the wind is not so strong, but climbing to the heights you can feel the gusts of wind. Clothing should be moderately warm and as comfortable as possible for long walks. Headgear is mandatory.

Preparing for the trip

This is the peak time for tourists to take care of their leisure time in advance, rather than overpaying triple the price. Basic tips for planning a trip:

  • The first thing to do is to look for airline tickets and only after that decide on accommodation. Prague is a sought-after city and free reservations are leaking before your eyes. Do not procrastinate, book accommodation is better on the same day as the purchase of tickets for the plane.
  • Ideally book a hotel closer to the historical center of Prague, as the main events of New Year’s Eve will take place there, but if you want to save money, get a hotel close to the transport: a streetcar stop, and preferably a metro station.
  • During the holidays a regular cab can cost more than a pre-booked transfer from the airport to the hotel.
  • Excursions are very popular now, in Prague they are not expensive compared to other cities in Europe. We advise you to focus on sightseeing tours. It is better to book as far in advance as possible because as a rule the places in groups are limited.
    (€ 150, 3 hours) (€ 100, 3 hours) (€ 100, 2 hours) (€ 35, 7 hours) (€ 14, 4 hours)

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Where to go

On New Year’s Eve the Czechs tend to go out of town on Christmas Eve leaving Prague to the mercy of tourists :) Those who stay in the city, however, try to go out to the central squares and immerse themselves in the festive atmosphere. The most popular places:

    . This is the central square of the city, where the main Christmas tree of the country is installed. It is very crowded, overpriced, but very beautiful and the feeling of celebration builds up on the approach to it. The second most important square in Prague. It’s just as crowded, but no less soulful than the Old Town Square. The second most important square in Prague, Nerudova Street, Malostranská Square. This route is very suitable for a walk on New Year’s Eve. Not as crowded as on the main squares, but no less beautiful. Closer to midnight you can go to the Charles Bridge and make a wish under the chimes of the New Year.
  • The numerous restaurants in Prague, about them separately below.
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Restaurants

Prague abounds with beer restaurants, it is not easy to make a choice. We suggest you explore the map of Prague pubs, see ratings of the best pubs, read reviews. In the center is usually all occupied, the price is 10-15% higher than on a normal day. Reservations are necessary, but you can’t do without them in the center.

You should start fussing with the booking two weeks before the celebration. It is best to call (read here how to say the right phrase in Czech). Be sure 2-3 days before the date of your visit, ask the institution to confirm your reservation, Czechs sin in this regard. There were cases when people came and they were politely told that there were no vacancies and they didn’t know anything about their reservation.

The institutions that conduct the New Year’s program and already take reservations: U Zajíce.

Very different situation on the periphery (at a small distance from the center), there are always free seats and friendly waiters. We advise to pay attention to the areas of Vinohrady, Žižkov, Smíchov.

Major retail chains do not work on Christmas Eve, December 24 (there may be exceptions, but at 12 pm everything will be closed) and January 1 (closed all day)!

New Year’s Eve Fireworks.

In August 2019, City Council members unanimously decided not to hold the fireworks display that was held annually on January 1. This is a big disappointment. It’s no secret that the event attracted many tourists from all over the world. It disturbs people who are afraid of noise, scares pets, maims and possibly kills birds – these are the main arguments of the activists who demanded its cancellation. They got their way.

Instead of fireworks it was decided to present the citizens with a video mapping (video projection). The National Museum building was chosen as the venue for the show. The show will be divided into 7 episodes, with the common title “We Prague”. The 10 minute show will be shown 3 times, at 18:15, 19:15 and 20:15.

New Year Tree

The main Christmas tree of the country is traditionally set up on Staroměstské náměstí, with the main stage and numerous stalls with mulled wine and trdels there.

At midnight you can see a small fireworks display, which is set off by the participants of the event. There is a noisy, festive atmosphere.

The ceremonial lighting of the main Christmas tree from Liberec will take place at 16:30 on November 27 to the music of Vadim Petrov, which was composed for Krknošské skály. Visitors to Old Town Square will enjoy the atmosphere throughout the day with the sounds of Christmas music. Carols, solo and choral singing and concerts will be performed by children’s, amateur and professional groups and musicians from the Czech Republic. The program also includes theatrical performances.

Holiday illumination in Prague will stay until January 6.

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Transport on New Year’s Eve

There are no problems with transport, all for tourists. Made a squeeze of the main changes, additions:

  • Daytime. The subway runs at 6-8 minute intervals. Streetcars run on a regular schedule.
  • 18:00 – 24:00. Metro trains run at 20-minute intervals. Streetcars run on a night schedule, day trams do not.
  • 24:00 – 07:00. Night streetcars run at intervals of 30 minutes.
  • The funicular to Petøín Hill runs from 09:00-18:00.
  • Daytime. The subway runs at 6-8 minute intervals. Streetcars run on a regular schedule.
  • 21:00 – 24:00. Metro trains run at 10-minute intervals. Streetcars run on a regular schedule.
  • 24:00-07:00. Night streetcars run at intervals of 30 minutes.
  • The funicular to Petrin Hill runs from 09:00-23:20.
  • The subway runs at 10 minute intervals until 2:00 am!
  • The streetcars run on a regular schedule until 22:00, then there are night streetcars with an interval of 20 minutes
  • The funicular to Petøín Hill runs from 09:00-22:00.
  • All transport begins to operate on a regular schedule.
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January 1 in Prague

Since many establishments are open on New Year’s Eve, it will be difficult to find a restaurant open in the morning on New Year’s Day. In addition, January 1 is a public holiday in the Czech Republic – the day of restoration of independence.

Most restaurants are open no earlier than 17:00, it probably makes sense to buy a couple of bottles of mineral water or beer in advance :)

New Year in Prague in the Morning

Opening hours for tourist attractions

Many main attractions are closed for Christmas and New Year. At this time, there is no information about the opening hours of the main attractions during the holidays. Presumably the information will appear in early December.

How to celebrate New Year’s Eve – 2023 in Prague

New Year in Prague

We offer tips on where and how to celebrate New Year in Prague in 2023: the best restaurants and hotels in Czech capital, food and accommodation prices, weather and reviews of tourists who stayed here last year.

The Czech Republic welcomes tourists from the Russian Federation. For convenience, we give pre-dedicated prices for travel and flights. Information about visas and flights may not be up to date, please check official resources. Take a look at the list of open countries.

During Christmas and New Year holidays the capital of the Czech Republic is transformed and looks like a fairy tale illustration: neat colorful houses, shining store windows, Gothic buildings, proudly towering among the other buildings, the majestic Charles Bridge. The atmosphere is festive, the ice rinks are in the open air, and the restaurants and pubs smell of great food. Thousands of tourists rush to Prague to celebrate the main holiday – New Year.

Where to look for cheap tickets? Use the Aviasales search engine – it compares prices among all airlines. Learn also how to look for cheap airline tickets and how to get to Prague cheaply.

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What’s the weather like in Prague on New Year’s Eve

The Czech Republic rarely experiences severe frosts, although global climate changes can make a difference. Usually the weather in Prague for the New Year is good: daytime temperatures just above zero, at night a slight frost of -4. -5 ° C, may not snow, variable cloudiness.

The city is hilly: it’s warm in the center, but the higher you get, the stronger the wind, near the river it’s uncomfortable and damp. If you plan to walk around the city for a long time, you should dress warmly and as comfortably as possible.

A useful selection:

New Year Holidays in Prague

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Where to celebrate the New Year – 2023

The most popular place to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Prague is the city’s main square, Old Town Square. On New Year’s Eve thousands of Prague citizens and guests come here to hear the chimes or make a wish on the Charles Bridge near St. John of Nepomuk.

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Some tourists prefer to spend the holiday on the square. However, because of the large number of people it is unlikely to walk around the center, but on the square and adjacent streets are stalls with souvenirs, actively selling hot sausages and sausages, sweets, beer, hot mulled wine, tea and coffee, so that you just can not go hungry there. The cheerful drunken crowd is entertained by musicians, near each cafe there are gas lanterns, under which you can get warm.

If you want to celebrate the New Year – 2023 in any of the many restaurants in Prague, it is better to book a table in advance, at least a week in advance. Czech cuisine is excellent, simple and nourishing, and Czech beer is known throughout the world. When ordering the famous Horseshoe Knee, you should take into account the degree of your hunger, because the weight of the dish can weigh up to 1.5 kg.

Grand New Year’s Eve parties are organized by the best hotels in the Czech capital, the biggest being held at the Hilton Prague Old Town Hotel 5*. Musical performances are organized right in the hotel lobby, first-class shows and gala dinners are waiting for the guests. Corinthia Hotel Prague 5* organizes parties in Las Vegas style: poker, roulette, live music, New Year’s Eve dinner and festive fireworks display.

Cultural enthusiasts can celebrate New Year in the famous Prague Opera House. After the opera, all guests will be treated to dinner a la carte, and after midnight there will be a grand ball with the participation of all present, evening attire is mandatory. Divadlo na Vinohradech theater offers its own entertainment project, which organizes a New Year’s program with contests from 8 pm to 5 am.

Lovers of river cruises can go on a small boat trip on the Vltava River at night. New Year’s Eve program usually lasts for several hours and includes a gala dinner with champagne, an entertaining show, dancing and celebratory fireworks display.

Search for hotels in Prague:

New Year in Prague

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Best Restaurants in Prague

Find budget cafes and restaurants in Prague will help you in our article – there you will find names, descriptions, addresses and prices.

There are so many places with good food in Prague that it is difficult to advise something specific. Usually people prefer to choose an establishment near their place of residence.

Many hotels in the capital offer to spend New Year’s Eve in their restaurant. One of the best and expensive is considered a restaurant “Zlata Praha” in the hotel InterContinental Praha 5*. There is excellent cuisine: lobsters and French champagne, Prague ham, roasted ham and other delights. The restaurant is also appreciated for the wonderful panoramic view over the city.

Bellevue restaurant on the embankment near the Charles Bridge is notable for its magnificent view on the river and the spires of Prague Castle. The menu includes Czech, French and Italian delicacies: scallops, foie gras, risotto, linguini, champagne and desserts.

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Michal restaurant is located in the old district of Prague next to the Charles Bridge, it offers its guests a party in folk style and dishes of Czech and European cuisine. New Year’s Eve party there costs 110 euros per person. Ancient brewery “U Fleku” near Karlovo namesti metro stop is famous for its good quality Czech beer and goulash, New Year’s dinner will cost 170 euros. Reviews about it are contradictory: some praise it, while others consider it too popular and not worthy of attention.

New Year's Eve Restaurants

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Where to go on New Year’s Eve?

Look for author interesting excursions on Tripster’s website. Individual and group, without crowds and in Russian.

Weather conditions are favorable for long walks around the city, so you can devote the daytime to the numerous sights of Prague: Prague Castle, the Cathedral of St. Vitus, Old Town and the Jewish Quarter, Charles Bridge, Zlata Alley, Vysehrad. If you have a few days to spare, you can make time for a trip to Karlovy Vary or Kutna Hora.

Remember that on January 1, most establishments will be closed, and from the 2nd of January all will work as usual. On January 1, pubs and restaurants will open only in the afternoon. However, you can eat on the street: everywhere you can smell fried sausages, fresh buns, and many warm up with hot mulled wine.

During the New Year vacations from the Czech capital you can also visit nearby European cities, such as Berlin and Vienna.

New Year's Eve prices

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Prices in Prague for New Year – 2023

Hotels. Prices in Prague during the New Year’s holidays traditionally go up. In 2023 the cost of living in a hotel in the city center is in the range of 100-150 euros for two persons, the level of 5 * – 180-220 euros. Prices fall as you get further from the center, you can find a good room in a 3* hotel for only 60-80 euros per night.

Hotels at the best prices are recommended to look in advance on the site Roomguru.ru. Also, read our selection of good budget hotels 3 and 4 stars and inexpensive cozy apartments in the Old Town.

Cafes and restaurants. The cost of New Year’s Eve in the Czech capital – from 130 to 450 euros per person. A holiday dinner in an elite restaurant will cost 200-450 euros per person, in smaller places about 100-170 euros. Cruise on a ship with dinner – 120 euros.

Prices in Prague on New Year, according to reviews, in catering establishments are acceptable, in tourist places are higher by 1.5-2 times than in the hinterland. The street food is tasty and quite affordable: meat 2-3 euros per 100 grams, mulled wine about 1.5-2 euros. In general, the prices are quite adequate for a European capital.

New Year Prague

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The cost of New Year’s Eve tours to Prague in 2023

The capital of the Czech Republic is among the destinations where you can fly inexpensively for the New Year! You can see all the options for which you can find cheap tours and tickets at the link.

You can go to the capital of the Czech Republic for the New Year on your own or with a travel package. Let’s see how much at the moment cost tours to Prague during the winter holidays. To search for low-cost tours on the parameters we use services Travelata and Level.Travel.

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Consider tours for two people with a flight from Moscow:

  • Туры с вылетом 31 декабря на 4 ночи на двоих стоят от 50 тысяч рублей, на 6 или 7 ночей — от 70 тыс. руб. Найти недорогой тур >>
  • Slightly cheaper are similar tours with a departure on December 27-29 and return on January 2-4. Their cost starts from 60 thousand rubles.
  • The most budget option to spend the New Year vacations in the Czech capital – to fly there after January 1, for example, January 6 or 7, as the price for tours with a departure on these days is the lowest. This option is suitable for those who want to meet the holiday at home with his family, and go on vacation abroad after that.

Despite the fact that the prices of tours to Prague are very nice, many people prefer to go to New Year’s Eve in Prague on their own, although the tickets for the holidays are a little more expensive than usual. For example, if in mid-December flight Moscow – Prague and back costs from 9 thousand rubles, the flight on December 30 and return in early January – from 18 thousand.

If you want to meet the Catholic Christmas in Prague, the cheapest way to fly on 23 or 24, and return on January 1 – tickets cost from 11 thousand rubles. Read more about prices in Prague – at the end we calculate how much it costs to travel alone for a week.

New Year in the capital of the Czech Republic: tourist reviews

After studying numerous reviews of tourists about the New Year in Prague, we noted the following nuances of the vacations in the Czech Republic:

  1. If you want to celebrate the New Year in the center of Prague, champagne is better to take with you – on New Year’s Eve, it is very expensive. It is better to settle in walking distance, because at night with public transport will be tight, the subway runs until two. This scenario would suit those who are not confused by crowds of drunken people, noise and explosions of firecrackers, although there were no hooliganism cases noted.
  2. To get into a restaurant in the city center without a reservation on New Year’s Eve will be difficult, and to sit in comfort is unlikely because of the cramped conditions. You can’t count on a fascinating walk on New Year’s Eve either; you’ll have to postpone it until the next day.
  3. Despite the fact that Prague is visited by tourists from all over Europe, on New Year’s Eve here most of the Russians. So you can fully feel at home.

From the above it can be concluded: if you want to see how they celebrate the New Year in Europe, you should definitely go to the Czech capital, here they know and love to do it. Bright impressions and positive emotions will be provided.

Read also our articles about low-costers flying to Prague and how to get from the airport to the city center.

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