Tønsberg in the Vestfold region is Norway’s oldest city. They even existed in the Viking age! At the port of Tønsberg in Vikingodden you can travel back in time: here you will discover the reconstructions of the legendary Viking ships Oseberg and Klåstadskipet in their original size. You can even sail on a Viking longship if you dare!
Explore the remains of Scandinavia’s largest medieval fortress and learn about Tønsberg’s incredible history at the Slottsfjell Museum. The Haugar Vestfold Art Museum is a popular place for fans of contemporary art. Music festivals such as the Vestfold Festspillene provide variety and a good atmosphere in the city.
Tønsberg is considered the oldest city in Norway and is a popular tourist destination, especially in summer. The mild climate, the perfect location on the Oslo and Tønsberg fjords, the archipelago and white beaches act like a magnet. The place has the reputation of being the Norwegian city with the most pubs and restaurants. Tønsberg gained international fame through the excavation of the Oseberg ship at the gates of the city…
Tønsberg with its 51,000 inhabitants is the economic and administrative center of the municipality of the same name and Norway’s ninth largest city. Until the 17th century it was the only town in the province of Vestfold. the settlement was founded in 871 and experienced its heyday in the Middle Ages. Tønsberg was a Tingstätte, coronation place for kings and one of the three Hanseatic cities in Norway, along with Oslo and Bergen. The position and importance of the place was greatly weakened by the outbreak of the plague and a devastating fire in 1536. With the establishment of a saltworks in the middle of the 18th century, the founding of several shipping companies and the seal and whaling, the city experienced a renewed economic upswing.
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