Vienna is delighted to confirm that both semi-finals (May 19 and 21, 2015) of the Eurovision Song Contest 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 major events such as the European Song Contest. The city’s international appeal stems from its cosmopolitan outlook which in turn comes from its multicultural make up – something that dates back to the times of the Austro-Hungarian monarchy. Today around 570,000 people of foreign origin live in Vienna, with 198 nations represented in total. About 49 percent of the capital’s population have some sort of immigrant background, meaning that they were not born in Austria or one or both parents are from outside the country. Austria’s largest city is famous worldwide as an international centre of 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.
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 brought 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.