The end of the year is coming, as well as exuberant celebrations, usually ending with spectacular fireworks. If you are still in doubt about where to spend New Year’s Eve in the Czech Republic, we have seven tips for you. How about a dance party in Prague, night skiing with torches in Šumava, or a Babylon-style celebration?
1. The Eighties Are Back and Spectacular FireworksWhere: Prague
You can enjoy tons of the hits of the 80s and 90s on the last day of the year in the Lucerna Music Bar near St. Wenceslas Square. The special New Year’s Eve show will also include the greatest video clips playing on a LED screen. Come enjoy the unrepeatable atmosphere of the eighties in Lucerna and dance until midnight. However, remember to leave on time to catch the traditional New Year’s Day fireworks at 6 p.m. on 1 January 2018. The show will last 15 minutes and you can watch it from Dvořákovo nábřeží, Pařížská Street, Mánesova, Čechova and from Štefánik’s Bridge.
2. Skiing with TorchesWhere: Šumava Špičák
The New Year’s Eve downhill skiing on the black slope of Šance with torches is an old tradition. Every year, the members of the Mountain Rescue Service and Šumava skiers meet there to ski down the Špičák slope, one of the steepest in the Czech Republic, after dark. The downhill skiing is a traditional farewell of the Šumava skiers to the old year and it dates back to 1948. There will be refreshments, bonfires, music and fireworks. Come wish a good winter to the skiers. The event starts at 5 p.m. and the downhill skiing will start at 5.30 p.m.
3. New Year’s Eve Lookout TowerWhere: Rožnov pod Radhoštěm
Do something different this year and visit Jurkovič’s Lookout Tower in Rožnov pod Radhoštěm on 31 December, from where you can get a beautiful view of the countryside. The lookout tower will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the last day of the year. The unique Jurkovič’s lookout tower was built on top of Karel’s hill as designed by architect Dušan Jurkovič, above the Wallachian Village of the Wallachian Open Air Museum.
4. A Babylonian End to the YearWhere: Liberec
Just like every year, Centrum Babylon Liberec is throwing a Babylonian party to celebrate the end of 2017. In the course of the evening, you can try every type of entertainment that you can think of. Until 11 p.m., all the attractions of the huge waterpark are open and there will be several music bands playing in various music styles. Visitors can also enjoy bowling, indoor playgrounds and the amusement park.
5. New Year’s Eve Electric SwingWhere: Plzeň
The City of Plzeň is also throwing a proper New Year’s Eve party. The First-republic Hall in the Community House called Peklo (Hell) will be dancing to the rhythm of electro swing, starting at 8 p.m. There will be an original photo booth and a cocktail bar.
6. To the Highest Peak of VysočinaWhere: near Telč
You can get to the highest peak of Vysočina on New Year’s Eve any way you like: on foot, by bicycle or on cross-country skis. The important thing is to get to the top of Javořice at the altitude of 837 metres by 12.30 p.m. Why? At 12:30, there will a New Year’s toast and it would be a pity to miss it.
7. Church Services and a Live Nativity SceneWhere: Hostýn
Hostýn is the most frequently visited pilgrimage site in Moravia. Pilgrims and tourists visit the Basilica of the Assumption of Our Lady and you can experience an unusual New Year’s Eve there. In the morning, there will be several church services, at noon you can see a live nativity scene and then enjoy the evening service until midnight. But there is much more to see there – the Svatohostýnské Museum, the Water Chapel with a spring of miraculous water, Jurkovič’s Stations of the Crosses or a 15-metre-high lookout tower with 59 iron steps.