And so it came: the news from Denmark that fans were waiting so eagerly for. As many excitedly start planning their trips, we take a first practical look at the venue and the area getting ready to host them in 2014.
B&W Hallerne, named after the former shipyard on the site, Burmeister & Wain, are situated on the western side of the former industrial outcrop of Refshaleøen in Copenhagen. Once the busy centre of Copenhagen’s shipbuilding industry, the complex has since been redeveloped as a thriving hub of independent shops and cultural fairs and other events.
Refshaleøen by public transport
Finding your way to and from Refshaleøen from the centre shouldn’t be too much of a problem for visiting fans thanks to local transport links. As well as being just a 10-minute cycle or car drive from the centre, a regular bus service, Line 40, operates between the complex and the heart of Copenhagen – more details on Line 40 (in Danish) can be found here.
There’s even a harbour bus service which visits the venue if you fancy crossing the waters – Line 992 runs between Refshaleøen and Teglholmen, making several stops in between. Click here for more details of Line 992.
For those spare moments between Eurovision concerts, bored fans will find plenty to do; as well as shopping opportunities, the islands hosts paintball facilities as well as an ‘urban ranger camp’ for the more adventurous. Who knows – maybe you’ll even spot some Eurovision artists hard at play there next year!