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Travel tips Tønsberg, - Norway's oldest city!

Tønsberg is considered one of Norway's oldest cities, mem is one of Norway's most exciting summer cities in the east. Tønsberg has roots going back to the Viking Age and the early Middle Ages. Archaeological finds show that there has been activity in the area already over 1,000 years ago.

Slottsfjellet Tønsberg (c) Ingar Næss

In the saga literature from 871, Tønsberg is mentioned as one of the most important places in Vestfold, and the town was a central power factor in the region in the Middle Ages. In 1201, the town was mentioned as Tunsberg in a papal letter, and in 1241 Tønsberg was granted city status by King Håkon Håkonsson. Tønsberg was an important trading town in the Middle Ages, and had contact with the Hanseatic League and other European trading centres. The town was also an ecclesiastical center, and in the 12th century, Tønsberg Cathedral was built. Tønsberg was also an important political meeting place, and several kings and queens have visited the city over the years. In 1814, Tønsberg was one of the towns that received representation at the Eidsvoll Assembly and thus helped shape Norway's constitution. During the 19th century, Tønsberg became an important maritime town, and several shipyards and shipping companies were established in the town. Today, Tønsberg is a modern city with a long and rich history. The city has a number of cultural offerings and attractions, such as the Castle Mountain Museum, Tønsberg Cathedral and Tønsberg Brygge. Tønsberg is also known for its vibrant nightlife and is a popular destination for both. Tønsberg has several attractions and cultural offerings that are worth visiting. Here are some of them:Slottsfjellmuseet: Dette museet ligger på toppen av Slottsfjellet og har utstillinger om byens historie og arkeologi.

  1. Tønsberg Cathedral: This is one of Norway's oldest churches, and was originally built in the 12th century.

  2. Tønsberg wharf: This is a popular place for shopping, restaurants and nightlife, and is located by the wharf area in Tønsberg.

  3. The Oseberg ship: This is a replica of a Viking ship that was found in Oseberg outside Tønsberg in 1904, and is now on display at Tønsberg wharf.

  4. Tønsberg barrel factory museum: This museum shows the history of barrel production in Tønsberg, which was an important industry in the town in the 19th century.

  5. Tønsberg cemetery: This is one of Norway's largest cemeteries, and has several historic burial sites.

  6. Haugar Vestfold Art Museum: This art museum is located in Haugar Kulturpark, and has a large collection of Norwegian art from the 19th century to the present day.

  7. The Midgard Serpent: This is a sculpture depicting the Midgard Serpent from Norse mythology, and is a popular attraction on Tønsberg wharf.

These are just some of the many attractions and cultural offerings that Tønsberg has to offer. Tønsberg has a varied offer when it comes to entertainment and activities. Here are some examples of what you can find in Tønsberg:

  1. Concerts and theater performances: Concerts and theater performances are regularly organized on several of the city's stages, such as Tønsberg cultural center and Tønsberg and Færder library.

    1. Foynhagen program fra mai - augsust

    2. Slottsfjellet program 2023

  2. Outdoor restaurants and nightclubs: Tønsberg has a rich nightlife with many bars, pubs, nightclubs and outdoor restaurants.

  3. Tønsberg Bryggepromenade: This is a popular place to stroll along the wharf area and look at boats, eat at restaurants and cafes, or have a drink at one of the outdoor restaurants.

These are just some of the many entertainment options available in Tønsberg. The city has something to offer for all ages and interests. Tønsberg has a wide selection of accommodation options, from hotels and guest houses to campsites and cabins. Here are some examples:

  1. Quality Hotel Tønsberg: This is a modern hotel with a central location in the center of Tønsberg, and has, among other things, a restaurant, bar and gym.

  2. Thon Hotel Tønsberg Brygge: This hotel is located by the wharf area in Tønsberg, and has a great location overlooking the harbor. The hotel has, among other things, a restaurant and a bar.

  3. Wilhelmsen House: This is a boutique hotel located in a historic building in the center of Tønsberg, and has a unique and personal atmosphere.

  4. Tønsberg Hostel: This is a reasonable option for those who want to stay in the center of the city, and has both single beds and family rooms available.

  5. Færder Camping: This is a large campsite located in scenic surroundings just outside Tønsberg, and has, among other things, cabins, caravan pitches and tent pitches available.

These are just a few examples of accommodation options in Tønsberg. The city has something to offer for every taste and wallet.

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