Tønsberg Travel Guide

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Tønsberg Things to Do

  • Castrum Tunsbergis:landscape

    From the hill of the Castrum Tunsbergis you can see a wonderful landcape over the town and the fjord.

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  • The wharf

    The Foynogarden (Foyn House) is a listed building that shows the town centre's oldest existing town house as they were normally laid out, with a warehouse down by the harbour and the main house up facing the street. To meet the needs of the entire household, a workshop, stall, barn, hayloft and a garden were located between the main house and the...

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  • Castrum Tunsbergis: Mikaelskirken

    The foundations of the Church of St.Michael represent the oldest known building on the castle cliff. It was built before 1190 AD. It was mentioned in 1191 in connection with a tale of a journey of Danish pilgrims to Jerusalem. Originally a romanesque church the choir was lengthened and rebuilt in gothic style at the beginning of the 14th century....

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  • Castrum Tunsbergis: the tower

    The main tower of the castle was finished in 1276 for King Magnus Hakonsson and he started to build the castle from 1280. The castle was named Tunsberghus from 1340's. The encircling walls were then modernised with round flanking towers. The castle lost its importance as a royal residence after 1350 but kept its function as an administative and...

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  • Castrum Tunsbergis: The great hall

    The Royal residence with hall and solar was built in the reign of King Hakon Hakonsson (1217 - 1263 AD). The building stood at the western part of the inner castle yard, probably with a connecting passage to the Church of St. Michael. The ground floor was built of stone but the first floor timber was probably used.

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  • Castrum Tunsbergis: the southern gate...

    The southern gate tower was the main entrance of the castle, facing the town. A steep bridle path ran from the town behind the Domkirke up to the castle. Today's road was built in the 19th century. the gate has been decorated with glazed bricks.

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  • Castrum Tunsbergis

    The castlecliff is originally believed to have been a stronghold back in very early times. The firsrt hnow fortifications however dates back as late as 1165. During the civil war the fortified cliff was a great military importance. Those 12th and early 13th century fortifications are little known, but were probably mainly built of timber.The rulers...

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  • King Hakon Hakonson's Palace

    the royal palace on the shore beneath the castlecliff was built in the middle od the 13th century. In the 16th century it belonged to the mayor of Tonsberg. The cellars of a hall are found and the foundations of an encircling wall, to the north of the hall. The ruins seems to belong to the northwestern part of the palace. The palace was dug out and...

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  • Sea hunting and ehaling

    Coastal hunting of seals has a long tradition and has always been important for Norway's coastal population. With newer guns, the seals were soon chased from the hunters followed. In 1847 Svend Foyn sailed the polar vessel haabet (Hope) into the drift ice on east coast of Greenland, catching seals in great numbers. Soon eleven seal hunting vessels...

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  • Historical buildings

    In Tonsberg there are some many old buildings like the wooden house of Nordbyen and Britannia House, an house built in the 1700 with a facade in style Luis XVI.

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  • The Park

    In front of the Domkirke there is a very nice park where you can see some sculputeres made by Per and Gustav Vigeland.

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  • Domkirken

    The Domkirke of Tonsberg was built in the 1858 and it was restored in the 1939 by A. Arneberg. Inside the Cathedral there is a nice altar built in the 1621 and it come from the old Mariakirke that was where now there is the cathedral.

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Tønsberg Hotels

  • Quality Hotel Tonsberg

    Ollebukta 3, Tonsberg, NO

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

  • Thon Hotel Brygga

    Nedre Lannggate , 40, Tonsberg, 3126, NO

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

  • Rica Klubben Hotel

    Nedre Langgt 49, PO Box 55, Tonsberg, Vestfold, 3110, Norway

    Satisfaction: Average

    Good for: Families

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

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Tønsberg Off The Beaten Path

  • Cristian_Uluru's Profile Photo

    by Cristian_Uluru Updated Aug 30, 2005

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    Near the Domkirke you can see this nice statue of Svend Foyn (1809-1899): the businessman of the whales.

    Svend Foyn
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Tønsberg Favorites

  • Money machines

    Tønsberg has allways been a seafarers city , it used to be whaleing , but the last whaleoilcookery left from here in the 60`s. But the city is still in the oil buisnes now we are building oil production platforms.

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  • Town center

    The inner parts of the town is closed of for car traffic , parking places surrounding the town center.

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