In a new series, I will take you to each of the five cites bidding to host the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 in Denmark. Today, we’re going to start with the city of Fredericia. What is in the city? What is there to do there? And what are your opinions on the city if it was chosen to host Eurovision? All is going to be revealed.
Fredericia is situated on the edge of mainland Denmark on the east side of the Jutland peninsula. Denmark’s second largest city, Aarhus, is only an hour away from the city. Aarhus has said that they will help the city if needs be when it comes to accommodation, and they would also help rival city Herning as well if they win the bid to host Eurovision. The map below shows the location of Fredericia.
Fredericia was the third city to enter the race to host the competition next year in Denmark, following Copenhagen and Herning and if they are offered to host the show, the Eurovision would be hosted in the MesseC, a local exhibition centre that can hold up to 8,000 people. The city is the sixteenth biggest city in Denmark with a population of only 40,000 people. By way of getting to the area, there is no airport around the vicinity of the main urban area. The nearest international airport would be Beldringe Airport which is 42 kilometres away on the island on Fyns.
When it comes to sightseeing, Fredericia offers many historic buildings that have helped shape the city into what it is today. One place of interest would be the Landsoldaten, a statue showing a proud Danish soldier and it shows how important Fredericia was to the military. Another place of interest is the city boundary, as the city is surrounded by walls and provides about an hour’s worth of sightseeing because if you follow the city walls around the city, you will come across many historical statues, cannons and buildings on your journey.
Philippe Canty from France: To be honest, I have never heard of that city just one month ago. But I bet it would be København to host it.
Davíð Pálsson from Iceland: I don’t want to have it there, I want it in Copenhagen!
Syoma Davoyan from Armenia: I don’t want to see Eurovision in Fredericia Herning is the best place for next year’s Contest 😀
Clayton Portelli from Malta: 8,000 isn’t enough! I hope they choose the capital!
So Fredericia isn’t really the favourite among Eurovision fans, but what do you think? Feel free to comment below if you wish!
UPDATE: The city of Fredericia officially withdrew its bid to host the Eurovision on the 26th of June, as the city and the region did not reach the requirements set by DR. This now means the Eurovision will be in either Copenhagen, Herning or Horsens.