Although the EBU haven’t officially announced the host city of Eurovision 2014, we’ve all got the feeling that it’s Herning. As we recently pointed out, the date of the Grand Final has been moved forward to the 10th of May rather than the 17th, supposedly to suit all of the host cities. But the fact that world-famous conductor Andrei Rieu is throwing a massive concert in Herning at The Box during the original Eurovision dates has left us suspicious. Rul, rul suspicious. Herning is looking pretty likely, y’all.
We didn’t even know that Herning existed before it was named a potential host city. On first impression, it seemed like a traditional Danish town with shops, fields and luckily for us a rather large indoor arena that holds up to 15,000 people. But after digging through travel brochures and visiting TripAdvisor, it seems like Eurovision in Herning may not be as wonderful as the Danish broadcaster claims it will be…
There are very few hotels in Herning to begin with. TripAdvisor only lists eight. And most of those have left travelers angry, annoyed, and desperately hoping they can catch the next train to Copenhagen or buy an inflatable tent. When reviewing Hotel BirkeGaarden, one guest tells us to “avoid [it] like the plague” due to the lack of comfortable chairs, clean bathrooms, phones and most importantly INTERNET.
The reviews frequently complain that there are no people in reception to call taxis, and that guests are frequently left walking “in the middle of nowhere”. That would be the lovely fields we keep hearing about. Oh dear. It worries us that Herning hotel reviews are likely to have the title “Beware” or “Make it your last choice”. We’re hoping organizers read a few of these and make Herning their last choice. Until then we’ll be praying for Copenhagen—and reserving a homestay on Air B&B!