Four cities in the running to host Eurovision 2011

Four cities in the running to host Eurovision 2011
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Four German cities are officially in the running to become the host of the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest. That is the conclusion after a bid term, which ended yesterday. Next year's running of Europe's favourite TV-show shall take place in either Berlin, Hamburg, Düsseldorf or Hannover (in random order). Host broadcaster NDR and the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) will make a decision about which city will host the event within weeks.

Berlin is the capital of Germany and lies in the north-east of the country, less than 100 kilometers from the Polish border. The city has 3.5 million inhabitants and is famous for its complicated history of division between east and west. Since the wall that divided the city in two came down in 1989, Berlin has become one of Europe's popular tourist destinations as well as a cultural, economical and political centre of importance.

With 1.7 million people, Hamburg is the second largest city in Germany after Berlin and the seventh largest city in the European Union. It is the home to broadcaster NDR, which airs the Eurovision Song Contest in Germany, making it one of the country's media capitals. It lies close to both the Dutch and Danish borders.

Düsseldorf is the capital of North Rhine-Westphalia and lies close to the Dutch and Belgian borders. It has some 590,000 inhabitants. The city is considered an important German centre of economic activity and is famous for its annual fun fair, which attracts over 4 million visitors every year in July.

Hannover lies north from central Germany, and is the capital of Lower Saxony. It has 520,000 citizens, one of them being German Eurovision Song Contest winner Lena. In 2000, Hannover hosted the world fair Expo 2000. The Hannover fairground is the largest in the world.

Thomas Schreiber, speaking on behalf of NDR, says: "All competing cities are very motivated. The plans they presented are all very detailed and highly impressive. We will now carefully examin their plans in order to find the best production environment, infrastructure and economic conditions." After a first evaluation of the four bids, Schreiber added: "Whoever wins this bid, Germany will be an excellent host to viewers from around the world!"

The 2011 Eurovision Song Contest will take place on 10, 12 and 14 May next year.

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  • Posted on 26 September 2010 at 11:50
    I guess that the Eurovision should be in LISBON!!! :) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 18 September 2010 at 12:54
    Berlin has decided that IF the contest is going to take place there, it will be held at Tempelhof Airport, a former airport area which has been closed two years ago. Now it serves as an event area for fairs, concerts, exhibitions etc... The lucky thing about it is that I live only a 30 MINUTES WALK FROM THERE, haha! So I can take up to about three or four people. The only thing you need to bring is the drinks ;-) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 17 September 2010 at 12:45
    I want Düsseldorf too :o about 1,5 hour by car :p It would be perfect :o report to the moderator
  • Posted on 12 September 2010 at 02:34
    Ohhh, please let it be Düsseldorf ;) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 11 September 2010 at 08:05
    I vote for Berlin!!! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 9 September 2010 at 17:24
    Oh, c'mon! Let us know the host city! We need to book flights and hotels ASAP! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 1 September 2010 at 13:38
    BEEERRRLIIIIINNN♥ report to the moderator
  • Posted on 30 August 2010 at 03:24
    Hamburg is perfect!! =) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 29 August 2010 at 17:57
    The flash mob broadcast from ESC 2010 says it will be either Humburg or Dusseldorf rofl report to the moderator
  • Posted on 28 August 2010 at 02:54
    Hamburg would be perfect! After the ESC all go the to the "Reeperbahn" for after-show-patry :) A little tip ... maybe you should expand or relocat the after-show-party to the neighboring "Heiligengeistfeld"! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 27 August 2010 at 17:04
    I hope it will be Düsseldorf. with the car it is 2 hours from my home.. And for people who come from Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg it is not so far :) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 26 August 2010 at 16:18
    It must be Düsseldorf! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 25 August 2010 at 11:42
    @ JazzMan:
    That's not right!
    If Berlin hosts ESC 2011 it won't be in the O2 World!

    The ESC would be held in a tent (only 9,000 seats!!!) at an old airport!

    A famous German news site presents the four cities with pictures:

    Please have a look and don't post wrong things! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 24 August 2010 at 23:24
    BERLIN! For sure! It's the first time that Germany wins after 1990! It would be fantastic if the show is celebrated there, in Berlin :)

    (Germany have hosted 2 times the contest and that 2 cities were of the western side)

    I can't wait for know more about the show on 2011! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 24 August 2010 at 12:10
    I know people in all 4 cities! But personally I think it should be in either Hamburg or Dusseldorf! report to the moderator