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New Year celebrations in magical Prague

Prague at night is something spectacular.

Add a few fireworks in the mix and you have yourself one hell of an evening.

We were puffing as we sat down cross-legged on a floating jetty, having just spent the last moments of 2013 running over one of Prague’s many bridges in order to get to a good viewing spot. We’d picked up some celebratory cigars earlier in the day, but our last minute stop at the supermarket to grab some Czech beer and salty snacks for the fireworks show had apparently been everyone else’s plan too.

We cracked open our beers only moments before the fireworks were due to begin. Colourful lights began shooting up in front of us as we looked back across the river to where we’d run from a few minutes earlier. There was an appropriate amount of ooohing and ahhhing as everyone relaxed along the riverbank, wide-eyed and satisfied that we’d all chosen this prime viewing position.

The firework celebrations lasted over an hour. Long after the official fireworks were completed, people set off their own in the streets and along the waterfront. We could see them popping up above buildings throughout the city and hear cheering as people contributed their own light displays to the celebrations.

Around 1:30am Prague’s supply of fireworks seemed to have been exhausted, so we returned to our hostel in an attempt to get a few hours of sleep before our bus to Bratislava the next day. We didn’t end up getting much rest, but in no way did we regret it as our riverfront escapade had been a remarkable way to bring in the new year.

Prague, Czech Republic

Prague, Czech Republic

Prague, Czech Republic

Prague, Czech Republic

New Year in Prague, Czech Republic

New Year in Prague, Czech Republic

New Year in Prague, Czech Republic

New Year in Prague, Czech Republic

New Year in Prague, Czech Republic

New Year in Prague, Czech Republic


Where’s the best place you’ve celebrated New Year? Share your favourites with us in the comments!

Ashlea Wheeler

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I'm Ashlea, an excitable Australian who loves photography and exploring the world. Find out more about me.

13 Responses to “New Year celebrations in magical Prague”

  1. Gavin

    this takes me back! Spent new year many years ago in Prague. It was an amazing experience, so much celebration and sharing in the joy of the evening. Hope that it remains so today.

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    • Ashlea Wheeler

      It’s an incredible place to spend new year, the atmosphere is so happy and excited, and of course the beautiful city makes for an amazing the light show. I’m glad you got to experience it too Gavin!

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    • Ashlea Wheeler

      Thanks Courtney! It really is, I couldn’t help but get a little snap happy with all the beautiful buildings and whatnot 😉

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  2. Katie

    Wow! European destinations seem to be so much more alive during winter nights! Beautiful pictures 🙂

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  3. Susanne

    No way, I’ve just found your blog and the newest post is about the country I live in? Thats crazy.

    Happy new year, wherever in the world you are!

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    • Ashlea Wheeler

      Wow, you’re lucky to live in such a gorgeous country Susanne! I’m celebrating in Australia this year which is turning out to be pretty spectacular too. I hope you’re having a fabulous new year! 🙂

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  4. Helca

    Yes, Prague, my home town! Love this city a lot, this year we have even special Taize meeting(big event for young christians from all around the world) so it’s great to spend it with thousands of youths from different countries and we have even snow this year 😉

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  5. Elaine Schoch

    Love the photos! One of the best New Years was spent with friends in Breckenridge, Colorado – before kids. This last year – life with kids – was spent at Copper Mtn, skiing and soaking in my little people. Times have changed, as have my New Years Eve outings but it’s still a time to celebrate, even if you crash EARLY. 😉

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    • Ashlea Wheeler

      Spending new year in the snow sounds perfect! Going out on new year can be stressful, and while I love seeing the fireworks with everyone else, sometimes a house party or quiet outing is all we need to have a good time ;P

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