Once a year on New Year’s Eve, most everyone in Prague gathers at the Charles Bridge, or at Kampa Park, and at other Czech viewpoints to see the brilliant fireworks display being shot upwards over the city by various boats at midnight. When we visited Prague we got there just in time for New Year’s Eve, and thankfully we had family who took us to the best place to view the fireworks, at Kampa Park. We think this locations is better than actually being on the bridge because you see the Prague castle, the beautiful Charles bridge and all of the reflections of the colorful fireworks reflected in the water. Besides gathering in the main squares, parks and other parts of town, you can also find people in neighborhood streets, laughing, drinking and lighting fireworks.
The city is beautiful as is, but on New Year’s when the fireworks illuminate the sky and everyone is filled with hope and joy, everything seems so much more alive. Czechs love New Year’s Eve and celebrate it with much gusto. So much gusto in fact, that if you are in Prague to celebrate the New Year you have to be careful because festive (and drunk) people will literally throw their champagne bottles from rooftops and open windows directly onto the street. This was a custom we just could not believe until we ventured out the following day!
On January 2nd, as you walk along the sidewalks anywhere in Prague, the ground is literally covered in shards of multi-colored broken glass and you get to see the big sweeping machines driving up and down the streets sweeping it all up, literally tons of broken glass.
Today we are sharing a few of our favorite Instagram videos from New Year’s Eve 2016. We believe that these best show the New Year’s Eve fireworks of Prague and we hope you enjoy them. It’s the next best thing to actually being there. Let us know which are your favorites in the comments below.
(If you are not familiar with how Instagram works – the comments and writing you see attached to each photo belongs to the photo owner and is not ours…)
Šťastný Nový Rok! | Happy New Year!