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Relaxed riverside walks, outdoor adventures, art and a historic brewery make Drammen an interesting stop on vacations in Norway. Traditionally an industrial center, today Drammen is an attractive city that straddles the gently-flowing river, Drammenselva. It’s the capital of Buskerud County, located in southeastern Norway.
Drammen’s flat streets and compact city center make it a good destination to explore on foot. Start your visit at Bragernes Torg, the city’s central square on the north side of the river. Watch city life unfold from a café terrace or enjoy open-air concerts during summer festivals such as Drammen Elvefestival. Check out the castle-like architecture of the town hall and admire the 19th-century neo-Gothic architecture of Bragernes Church.
Stroll along the riverfront, where locals sunbathe on grassy banks and cool off in the water during warm summers. Enjoy the views from a waterfront café or sample the beers at Aass Brewery, Norway’s oldest surviving brewery. Relax in the manicured gardens of Gamle Kirkeplass surrounded by colorful townhouses and the Drammen Theatre. Visit the theater to watch orchestral concerts, ballets and musicals.
Cross the river via the Y-shaped Ypsilon Bridge to Union Brygge, a cultural area with concert hall, restaurants and boutique shops. Visit the wooden Stromsgodset Church, built in 1843, to see interesting architecture. Spot displays of ceramics, textiles, glasswork and folk art from the Buskerud region at the Drammen Museum.
Enjoy panoramic views over the city from Sprialtoppen, a lookout reachable by pathways leading through the city’s surrounding hills. Alternatively, drive to the lookout via the zigzagging tunnel that cuts through the hillside. Go to the 10,000-year-old Kjosterudjuvet canyon for more outdoor activities. Hike along a wilderness trail to lakes and waterfalls, try gorge-jumping or abseil down the canyon’s vertical walls. When the snow falls, ski and snowboard at Drammen Skisenter.
Drammen’s varied attractions make it a popular side trip from Oslo. The city is also on the route of the train journey between Bergen and Oslo, which passes through Norway’s breathtaking scenery.
Located in the heart of Drammen, this hotel is steps from Union Scene and Papirbredden. Stromsgodset Church and Drammens Theatre are also within 10 minutes.
Located in the heart of Drammen, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Drammens Museum, Papirbredden, and Union Scene. Stromso Church and Kunst & Antikk-Senteret are also within 10 minutes.
Located in the heart of Drammen, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Drammens Museum, Stromso Church, and Papirbredden. Drammen Water Park and Union Scene are also within 10 minutes.
Situated in Drammen, this hotel is steps from Drammens Theatre and Kunst & Antikk-Senteret. St. Laurentius Church and Union Scene are also within 10 minutes.
Located in the heart of Drammen, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Stromso Church and Marienlyst Stadium. Drammen Water Park and Drammens Museum are also within 15 minutes.
Located in Fornebu, this hotel is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Telenor Arena and 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Rock Carvings, Ekeberg. Gustav Vigeland Sculpture Park and Viking Ship Museum are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Situated by the ocean, this hotel is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from Whale Beach and within 12 mi (20 km) of Gustav Vigeland Sculpture Park and Vigeland Museum. Henie Onstad Art Centre and Telenor Arena are also within 12 mi (20 km).
Located in Stabekk, this hostel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Telenor Arena, Rock Carvings, Ekeberg, and Henie Onstad Art Centre. Gustav Vigeland Sculpture Park and Viking Ship Museum are also within 6 mi (10 km).