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Kongsberg

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Numedalslågen River, Kongsberg.

Kongsberg [1] is a town in Buskerud. Kongberg was founded in 1624, after silver was discovered in the hills. The danish-norwegian king recruited german miners to the mines. As result Kongsberg in the 17th century was a "german" town. Which was the second largest in Norway, only rivaled by Bergen. The mining ceased in 1957. Kongsberg today is a centre for high-tech industry. Kongsberg also host the norwegian mint, and all norwegian coins since 1686 is produced in Kongsberg.

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By plane[edit]

Oslo Airport Gardermoen [2] (IATA: OSL)Driving distance: about two hour.

Sandefjord Airport Torp [3] (IATA: TRF)

By rail[edit]

Trains between Oslo and Kristiansand passes Kongsberg. There is 23 trains a day between Oslo and Kongsberg.

By bus[edit]

"Timekspressen" Bus between Oslo and Notodden passes Kongsberg, every hour, every day.

By car[edit]

Kongsberg is situated on the E134 highway. Driving distance from Oslo is about 1 hour and 15 minutes. E134 continues in westward to Notodden, and over the mountain to Haugesund. Or road 40 towards Geilo.

Get around[edit]

Kongsberg is a compact town. So it is possible to walk. Kongsberg also have many cycling paths.

See[edit][add listing]

Entrance to the Silver Mines.
  • Sølvgruvene (Silvermines), Saggrenda (Situated 8 km west of the town.), (), [4]. Guided tours in the old mines. A train brings the visitors 2300 metres into he mountain. Adult:140 kr, Students and seniors: 100 kr, Children: 80 kr.  edit
  • Norsk Bergverksmuseum (Mining Museum), Hytte gate 3, +47 32723200 (), [5]. 18 May-31 Aug: Daily 10AM-5PM, 1 Sep-16 May: Tu-F: Noon-3PM, Sa,Su: Noon-4PM. Adults: kr 70, Students: kr 50, Seniors: kr 50, Children: kr 20.  edit
  • Lågdalsmuseet. Has a collection of old houses, and old things. Showing how life was in the town in old times. Adults: 40 kr, Children: 10 kr.  edit

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Buy[edit][add listing]

  • Stortorvet Shopping mall

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Barolo, Storgaten 2, +47 93094444. Italian.  edit
  • Big Horn Steakhouse, Thornesvei 4, +47 32723060 (, fax: +47 32723063). M-Th: 4PM-10PM, F: 4PM-11PM, Sa: 3PM-11PM, Su: 3PM-10PM. Steak restuarant with view of the river.  edit
  • Kongs Kina Resturant, Nymoens Torg 18, +47 32733695. Chinese.  edit
  • Peppes Pizza, Nymoens torg 2, +47 22225555.  edit
  • Restaurant Fryd, Christian Augusts gate 2 (At Quality Hotel Grand), +47 32772800.  edit
  • Spicy Continental Restaurant, Storgata 6, +47 32722525 (). M-Th: 3PM-10PM, F,Sa: 3PM-2AM, Su: 3PM-10PM. Indian, thai and chinese cousine.  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Krags Møteplass, Storgata 10, +47 32734620.  edit
  • Privat Cafe og Bar, Storgata 4, +47 32724400.  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

Budget[edit]

  • Kongsberg Vandrehjem Bergmannen, Vinjes gate 1, +47 32732024.  edit

Mid-Range[edit]

  • Best Western Gyldenløve Hotell, Hermann Foss gate 1, +47 32865800.  edit
  • Quality Grand Hotell, Christian Augusts gate 2, +47 32772800.  edit

Contact[edit]

  • Kongsberg Bibliotek (Kongsberg Libray), Christian Augusts gate 1, +47 32866850 (, fax: +47 32731276). Wireless internet for laptop and computers with intenet acess available.  edit

Get out[edit]

  • Numedal valley towards Geilo.
  • Blefjell, great cross country skiing.



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