Probably one of the cheapest NYE destinations of choice to get to from the UK, Prague is slowly finding its place on the list of number one New Year’s Eve party cities.
Prague in the summer is often so full of stag dos and wedding parties that it’s beauty is obstructed from view due to all of the visiting tackiness. But in the winter, the wedding season is over and visitors get to appreciate just how picturesque this historic little city really is.
The fireworks display is free in Prague, like it is in London, and is best enjoyed from Charles Bridge. Of course, you’ll have to suffer the harsh winter chill for a long time before the fireworks go off if you are determined to bag a good spot along the bridge.
A better option is to book a ticket on one of the many dinner and disco boat tours that take place on December 31st. Much cheaper than the ones in Sydney, tickets cost around £85 per person and include a multi-course buffet dinner. Just before midnight the boats all pull up in front of Charles Bridge and guests can climb up onto the roof to watch the spectacular firework display before rushing back down into the warmth of the boat to dance the night away.
On New Year’s Day be sure to layer up in your warmest cycling gear before setting out on one of the great bike rides the city has to offer. To avoid the hills and visit another beautiful castle, try the 20 mile route from the city to Karlstejn Castle along the Vltava and Berounka Rivers.
A much lengthier option would be to pack a rucksack full of supplies and cycle all the way to Dresden in Germany. Cycling along the Elbe river, this trip is around 90 miles in length and is best split over two days. Once you’ve seen all that Dresden has to offer, you can easily catch a train back to Prague for as little as £20.