Vienna Prepares for Eurovision 2015

I had a chance to visit Vienna recently for work and took some time after hours to catch glimpses of the city as it prepares to host this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. In other words, I just sort of hung around outside the Stadthalle, which didn’t sound like much fun, but it paid off in two ways: there is a little stand by the U-Bahn station that sells a really tasty käsekrainer and also I met a famous Twitter personality!

It’s Eurovision Creative Producer Gregor Barcal, everyone!

For more exciting pictures of Eurovision branding, read on!

The Eurovision countdown monolith outside the Rathaus. The barriers blocked off the construction area where Vienna is building its Euroclub.

The entrance to the Stadthalle. The security guard at the entrance was nice enough to let me take a picture, though he looked at me funny when I asked.

The Stadthalle offering up Eurovision realness.

Warsaw’s parks scored 10 points.

One of the free commuter dailies showed off the first look at the Eurovision stage. This was taken on April 22, the day after the Austrian organizers formally released images of this year’s stage.

Conchita Wurst in a Klimt painting to advertise the annual Life Balla big AIDS charity concert that’s held annually in Vienna, upcoming on May 16, 2015.
(UPDATED 29 April 2015: Be sure to read Ospero’s comment below.)

Eurovision taxi is the best taxi!

There is a Eurovision room in Terminal G at Vienna’s airport. It was blocked off to the public, and I’m not sure what it is for. However, it was showing the same 1-minute promo of Eurovision coming to Vienna. I guess there’s something to be said about raising awareness of the Contest with travelers, or something.

2 thoughts on “Vienna Prepares for Eurovision 2015”

  1. Heh. Fun fact about that Klimt/Conchita poster: the text on it is a variation on a controversial line from the Austrian national anthem that was changed a while ago from “Heimat bist du großer Söhne” (you’re home to great sons) to “Heimat großer Töchter und Söhne” (home to great daughters and sons) amid much teeth-gnashing from the political right. On the poster it says “Töchtersöhne” – “daughtersons”.

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