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Some practical information during Christmas holidays

Enjoy a pleasant stay in Prague

The Christmas festive season, its folkloric traditions along with the New Year’s Eve celebrations are commonly perceived as a time to be spent with our loved ones, family and close friends. If you do decide to visit Prague during the festive season, to help you better enjoy your stay and to avoid any unpleasant surprises, we have some useful tips and information.

New Years's Eve in Prague ©  Czech Tourism Fireworks in New Year's Eve in Prague ©  Czech Tourism

Accommodation

The Prague’s magical Christmas atmosphere is attracting every year a huge amount of tourists. Hotels tend to increase their prices. Moreover, most of them are fully booked months ahead, therefore we highly recommend you to book your accommodation in advance. Last minute booking especially on the New Year’s Eve is very difficult, and proves sometimes impossible. Thus, do not hesitate to contact us and we will quote you a price for the hotel of your choice.

Restaurants

Christmas Eve dinner: Traditional Czech Christmas menu includes fish soup, fried Carp with potato salad, desert and homemade Christmas cookies. In the Czech Republic, the Christmas holiday is a family occasion celebrated in a cosy and warm home. For this reason many restaurants in Prague on 24th and 25th of December are closed all day. The restaurants that stay open during these two Christmas days usually offera traditional menu, but unfortunately they do have limited capacity.
We recommend that you take a look at our special offer and make a reservation through us.

New Year’s Eve: many restaurants are offering a special menu along with all-evening entertainment.
We recommend that you take a look at our special offer and make a reservation through us.

Opening hours of the historical buildings and tourist attractions

Prague Castle (Pražský hrad) – castle interior tour: opening hours during December: daily from 9 am until 4 pm, closed only on 24th of December.

Jewish Town (Židovské Město): closed every Saturday (Jewish Sabbath) and on the 24th of December 2015. 1st of January, open from 11 am.

National Galerie (Národní galerie) – Convent of St Agnes of Bohemia (klášter sv. Anežky české), Trade Fair Palace (Veletržní palace), Schwarzenberg Palace (Schwarzenberský palace), Kinský Palace (palace Kinských), Sternberg Palace (Šternberský palác): closed on 24th of December, 31th of December open from 10 am until 4 pm,1st of January 2016 from noon until 6 pm. From the 25th of December until the 30st of December the galleries have normal opening hours.

Concert, operas, ballets and other performances

Make right now a reservation for the Christmas gala concert held on 25th of December at the Rudolfinum, in the prestigious Dvořák Hall (Dvořákův sál).

During your stay in Prague, check out our cultural events guide, theatre programmes and concert halls.

At the stroke of midnight, the fireworks light the sky above the capital city. However, the official New Year's firework display takes place in the evening on the 1st of January. The firework is launched from Letna Hill over the historical city centre. The best places to see the firework are: Prague bridges in the city centre, the riverbanks, or the hillside in Rieger's Orchards (Riegerovy sady) on Žižkov as well as the square in front of Prague’s castle entrance.

Wenceslas square and the Old Town square are best avoided as they are extremely crowded. Some tourists will still be in a "happy mood" and there is also lots of broken glass forgotten after the celebrations.

We wish you a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year!

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