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Where will Eurovision 2025 be held? The three Swiss towns that are vying to host

Simon Calder’s Travel

Following Nemo’s big win in MalmoSweden with the song The Code, Switzerland will host Eurovision for the third time in 2025.

The last time the Swiss hosted the contest was 35 years ago in Lausanne in1989. Before that, the 1956 instalment of the competition visited Lugano in Switzerland’s Ticino region.

As the host country, Switzerland will join the Big Five – the UKFrance, SpainGermany and Italy – to automatically qualify for next year’s live final.

Though the event often set up in the capital, there’s a huge tourism draw to wherever lands the title of host city.

Switzerland’s national broadcaster (SSR SRG) and the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) are currently shortlisting the Swiss locations to set the stage.

Here are the potential host cities already bidding to be backdrop to the 69th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest.

Where could Eurovision 2025 be held?


Geneva’s Palexpo convention centre could play host to Eurovision 2025 (Getty Images/iStockphoto)

According to local media Switzerland’s second city, Geneva, has already submitted a proposal to the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation with preliminary plans to host Eurovision 2025.

The Palexpo convention centre, with a capacity for nearly 15,000 spectators, is pegged to accommodate the contest if Geneva were selected as the host city.

As the gateway to the Alps, glitzy Geneva is a city break favourite among the the skiing crowds, as well as those looking for top-notch watch ateliers, chocolate to satisfy a sweet tooth and lakeside vineyards.


Basel is Switzerland’s third-largest city (Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Conradin Cramer, president of the canton of Basel-Stadt, posted to Twitter/X: “Congratulations to Nemo on his great victory at #ESC2024 in Malmö! Switzerland will now host #ESC2025. #Basel is an excellent venue. And we are ready: with our infrastructure, accessibility and hospitality. #ESC2025Basel.”

The third biggest Swiss city is a tangle of pastel townhouses on the Rhine, edgy art fairs and al fresco watering holes come summer.

Spaces that could host the international performance include the St Jakobshalle concert hall and St Jakob-Park FC Basel sports stadium.

St Gallen

St Gallen sits between Lake Constance and the Swiss Alps (Getty Images/iStockphoto)

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