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Tips for celebrating the New Year in Prague

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Celebrating New Years in Prague. Photo: Shinwha

By Joann Plockova in Prague—

As the nation with the highest beer consumption per capita in the world, the Czech Republic knows how to party. That’s why experiencing Prague on the biggest party night of the year–New Year’s Eve–is likely to leave you with some memorable stories to bring back home.

Where to spend New Year’s in Prague

From clubbing to booking a table at one of the city’s myriad restaurants, from attending a cultural event to just wandering the streets and checking out the annual fireworks display by the Vltava river, the options for how to spend New Year’s 2010 in Prague are nearly limitless. For some good local resources to find out what’s going on have a look at The Prague Post, Expats.cz and Prague.tv.

My personal recommendation is to vouch for the latter option: mingling with the crowd outside, surrounded by the beautiful sights of the city. Hot spots are always directly in the center including Wenceslas Square and Old Town Square where there will be music and various festivities.

To get a good view of the fireworks head to Letná park, Petrin or one spot where I’ve personally had a wonderful past New Year’s experience: Vyšehrad. It’s a bit off the beaten path, but that’s what makes it so special. Pick up a bottle of Bohemia Sekt “demi sek” at any of the local supermarkets (Albert, Tesco) to enjoy while there. It’s a tasty sparkling wine and a cheaper alternative to champagne.

And if you’re preference is to get out of the center and be amongst the locals, head to a pub in the neighborhoods of Vinohrady, Žižkov or Holešovice. Happy New Year!

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Joann Plockova

About the author: Joann Plockova is a freelance journalist based in Prague. Her work is regularly featured in both print and online publications in the Czech Republic, the U.S. and U.K. To see what she's been up to visit her Web site.

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