5 tips for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day in the Czech Republic
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We have 5 tips for you to enjoy the coming of the New Year in a way you will long remember.
New Year’s Eve in the Opera
Greet 2015 in the Prague State Opera by taking part in a traditional, prestigious celebration with Johann Strauss’s operetta Die Fledermaus (The Bat)! You can relish the gastronomic experience provided by Gold Buffet and after midnight you can have a dance to the music of a swing orchestra right on the stage. The programme starts by a toast at 7.30 pm and ends – as is usual on New Year’s Eve – in early morning hours.
Fireworks in Prague
If you are a fireworks lover, you must not miss the traditional New Year’s fireworks show in the centre of Prague. The show will be launched on 1st January at 6.00 pm from the Letná Park, so you will be able to see the best of it when stationed near the riverbanks in Prague’s Old Town. Find your place on a bridge or a riverbank well in advance, though, and make sure not to arrive in the last minute – you might miss all the beauty in the sky due to the thick crowd. The fireworks show will last about 10 minutes.
New Year’s Concert in Rudolfinum
The Czech Philharmonic organizes a traditional New Year’s concert on 1st January 2015 at 8.00 pm in its home – Prague’s Rudolfinum. The programme includes recent pieces from the world of classical music. Among the guests are soprano singer Ailyn Pérez and bass-baritone Adam Plachetka.
Visit of the Karlštejn Castle
The majestic castle of Karlštejn was built by the Emperor Charles IV as a place fit for storing the Bohemian Crown Jewels and collections of holy relics and to receive honourable guests. You can visit the castle on the last day of the year as well as on the New Year’s Day: from 10.00 am to 3.00 pm.
Lipno Treetop Walkway
The first and only treetop walkway in the Czech Republic near the Lipno Dam is open all year, including the last day of the year and the first day of the New Year. Furthermore, on 1st January it hosts an event called New Year’s Treetop Walk. If the weather is fine, you can look forward to a fantastic view of the Alps, nearly all of the Lipno Dam, the beautiful surroundings of Šumava and the mountains Novohradské hory. The ascent to the first lookout floor of the tower located in 37 metres is completely barrier-free. All participants will receive small presents and keepsake cards. To keep the visitors warm on the walkway, hot Christmas punch will be distributed for free. The opening hours in winter are 10.00 am to 4.00 pm.
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