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Vienna to host 2015 Eurovision Song Contest

  • Published by Ozgur Tore

The 60th Eurovision Song Contest will take place in Vienna from May 19 to 23, 2015.

eurovision-Vienna2015As an international centre of culture, music and the arts, this lifestyle hub provides the ideal setting for an event of this calibre.

The decision on which city is to host the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest has been made. Vienna is delighted to confirm that both semi-finals (May 19 and 21, 2015) and the grand final (May 23, 2015) will take place at the Wiener Stadthalle. Austria’s Conchita Wurst, who won the international music competition in Copenhagen in 2014 with her song, Rise Like A Phoenix, will definitely be among the live acts.

Vienna meets all the requirements for hosting a major event such as the European Song Contest. Vienna International Airport operates directs flights to 177 destinations in 69 countries. And air travellers can reach the city centre in just 16 minutes aboard the City Airport Train (CAT). Autumn 2014 will bring the official opening of the new Hauptbahnhof, the capital’s new, state-of-the international rail hub. Vienna has an excellent – and highly reliable – public transport network. The underground, S-Bahn commuter railway, bus and trams links cover a total distance of some 1,044km.

Visitors to the capital have the pick of 60,459 hotel beds spread across 428 different hotels, 187 of which fall into the four and five-star category. There are 48,500 hotel beds within a five kilometre radius of the Stadthalle, all of which can be easily reached by public transport. Vienna has around 7,400 bars and restaurants, 800 of which can be found in the historic city centre. The city has a proven track record of hosting large-scale events such as the Life Ball, World AIDS Congress, the European Congress of Radiology and the Euro 2008 football championships. Vienna placed   third in the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) rankings.

The Austrian capital is also a world class destination for culture, music and the arts. Every night in Vienna around 10,000 music fans are treated to live classical music, and each year the Vienna concert schedule includes more than 15,000 events of various sizes and genres. In the latest accolade to endorse Vienna’s strong international reputation as a culture capital, the readers of online city guide GayCities.com ranked Vienna top among 223 cities worldwide in the “Culture Hub” category.

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