Prague at night is something spectacular.
Add a few fireworks in the mix and you have yourself one hell of an evening.
We were puffing as we sat down cross-legged on a floating jetty, having just spent the last moments of 2013 running over one of Prague’s many bridges in order to get to a good viewing spot. We’d picked up some celebratory cigars earlier in the day, but our last minute stop at the supermarket to grab some Czech beer and salty snacks for the fireworks show had apparently been everyone else’s plan too.
We cracked open our beers only moments before the fireworks were due to begin. Colourful lights began shooting up in front of us as we looked back across the river to where we’d run from a few minutes earlier. There was an appropriate amount of ooohing and ahhhing as everyone relaxed along the riverbank, wide-eyed and satisfied that we’d all chosen this prime viewing position.
The firework celebrations lasted over an hour. Long after the official fireworks were completed, people set off their own in the streets and along the waterfront. We could see them popping up above buildings throughout the city and hear cheering as people contributed their own light displays to the celebrations.
Around 1:30am Prague’s supply of fireworks seemed to have been exhausted, so we returned to our hostel in an attempt to get a few hours of sleep before our bus to Bratislava the next day. We didn’t end up getting much rest, but in no way did we regret it as our riverfront escapade had been a remarkable way to bring in the new year.