As Europe prepares to crown another Eurovision winner, here at Escape Travel we thought we’d spotlight memorable moments from previous competitions. Here are our favourite past winners - and various travel tips from the city in which they made Eurovision history.
Lys Assia - 1956 – Performing in Lugano
The first Eurovision Song Context was held in Lugano where the Swiss singer, Lys Assia won the competition in front of her home crowd. Today, travellers may enjoy strolling around the lake before admiring the architecture in the old town. Adventurous holiday-makers will appreciate the various hiking opportunities in the area such as climbing Mount Brè.
Abba – 1974 – Performing in Brighton
When Abba sang what would become the hit song, Waterloo in Brighton in 1974, the Swedish group cemented their future as one of the all time great bands. When visiting Brighton today, be sure to wander along the historic Brighton Pier, before admiring the ostentatious Royal Pavilion that was built under the command of the Prince Regent who would later become King George IV.
Celine Dion – 1988 - Performing in Dublin
Singing for Switzerland, Canadian Celine Dion wowed the Irish audience in 1988 with the song Ne Partez Pas Sans Moi. Curious travellers will appreciate the historic sights in Dublin including Dublin Castle, Kilmainham Gaol and the Christ Church Cathedral. After a busy day sight-seeing, head to Temple Bar and enjoy a traditional pint of Guinness.
Johnny Logan – 1980 – Performing in The Hague
Johnny Logan is the only performer to win the contest twice – the first time was when he sang What’s Another Year in The Hague. When exploring The Hague, be sure to admire the Dutch Parliament – the Binnenhof, the Royal Palace – the Paleis Noordeinde and the art collection in the Mauritshuis.
Alexander Rybak – 2009 – Performing in Moscow
In 2009 Alexander Rybak stunned Russia with a demonstration of accomplished musicality to win the competition for his Norwegian homeland. If you’re travelling to Moscow, be sure to comprehensively explore the sights in and around Red Square including the Kremlin, Lenin’s Mausoleum and the St Basil Cathedral.