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Folk museum focusing on the traditional industries like agriculture, fishing, arts and crafts. Permanent and changing exhibitions.
Damsgård Country Mansion was erected in the 18th C. It is considered Norway’s main work of the Rococco architecture and perhaps Europe’s best preserved wooden Rococco building. The building has the original interiors. The garden is recreated as it could have been 200 years ago.
Håkon’s Hall was built between 1247 and 1261 by Håkon Håkonsson. It was the largest and most imposing building of the royal residency in the 13th-century when Bergen was the political centre of Norway.
The tower was built in the 1560s by the governor of Bergen Castle (Bergenhus), Erik Rosenkrantz, and served as a combined residence and fortified tower.
A museum based on the findings of the archeological excavations of Bryggen from 1955 on. The foundations of the oldest buildings in Bergen (12th c.) as well as finds of European ceramics, runic inscriptions etc. illustrating commerce, shipping, cultural activities and daily life in the Middle Ages.
Founded in the 15th c., St. George’s was a hospital for lepers until the middle of the 20th c. The present day buildings date back to the 18th c.
This mansion is the main building of the owners of the paper factory of Alvøen, dating from 1797. It contains a rich collection of furniture, silver, porcelain and textiles. A charming garden and park, free entrance. Guided tours every hour, the last at 15.
This leisurely week-long self-drive holiday explores two of the country’s most spectacular fjords and a lot more of Norway’s incredible scenery besides.
Scale the heights of Skåla
If you want to get to the top in life, you have to be prepared for some uphill battles. To reach the top of Skåla (1848 m), you won’t find a longer uphill stretch in the whole of Norway.
Skåla - this imposingly beautiful giant of a mountain - towers over the village of Loen. A good man-made track winds its way through the rocky terrain a whopping 1848 vertical metres from the shoreline of the fjord. Skålatårnet - the tower at the summit - is not just the kind of DNT (Norwegian Trekking Association) self-service cabin where you spend the night or simply whip up a well-deserved warm cup of coffee on the summit. This was originally built as a sanatarium to cure illness, and the place hasn’t lost its remedial qualities, as there can scarcely be anything healthier than fjord views and a cool glacial breeze.