Focus 2014: Horsens

So, the deadline for the potential host cities of the 2014 Eurovision has passed! Four cities have entered a bid into the race, with Aalborg withdrawing from the bidding process due to a lack of sufficient hotel rooms. So Horsens, Fredericia, Herning and Copenhagen are the cities that could host the Eurovision Song Contest 2014! I already took you on a tour of Fredericia, and now I’ll take you to the city of Horsens, who could break the boundaries if the Eurovision is held in the city!

Horsens State Prison, the possible venue of Eurovision 2014
Horsens State Prison, the possible venue of Eurovision 2014

Horsens is situated on Jutland peninsula, not too far from rival city Fredericia, but also quite close to Denmark’s second largest city, Aarhus. Below, the red dot shows the location of Horsens in Denmark.

This is where Horsens is located.
This is where Horsens is located.

Horsens was the fifth city to put itself into the bidding process of hosting Eurovision 2014, and, should DR, Denmark’s national broadcaster, give the honour of hosting Eurovision in Horsens, the Contest will be held in the Horsens Statsfængsel, or Horsens State Prison in English. The Contest would be held in the main courtyard of the prison, which can hold up to 13,000 people in it. Should the Contest be held in Horsens, it would be the first Eurovision in an open-air concert area, though a permanent glass roof would be installed into the prison. The city is the eighth largest city in Denmark, with a population of 55,000 people. Like Fredericia, Horsens has no airport itself and so, the nearest airport is Billund Airport which is 45 kilometres away from the city, though luckily, still on the peninsula of Jutland.

When it comes to doing things in the city, there aren’t that many things to do in the city and the vicinity of the urban area. Every year, the city square becomes alive in late August when Horsens hosts the European Medieval Festival, with activities which are fun and interactive for families and children of all ages. Other things that would be worth seeing are the many churches that are scattered around the city, the prison museum and the main street of the city, which have very posh shops throughout the street, as well as souvenir shops.

Your views:

So what are your views if  Horsens was given the right to host the Eurovision next year?

What do you think of the city?
What do you think of the city?

Nick van Lith from the Netherlands: I think I wouldn’t be able to stop laughing for over an hour?

Seth Wezendonk from the Netherlands: First laugh, then say for a couple of days “This cant be true!” and then sit in a corner and cry and say “Even Herning would have been better”.

Siw Nordal from Norway: It’d be nice!

Daniel Cortizas Vázquez from from Spain:I’d feel surprised! But the most important is the show they’re given to us

So in summary, Horsens is considered to be the least likely to host Eurovision, according to the fans, saying that if it was picked, it would be a joke. But what would YOU think if Horsens was hosting Eurovision? Let us know your thoughts by commenting below!

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