Kongsberg

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Numedalslågen River, Kongsberg.

Kongsberg is a town in Buskerud. Kongsberg 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 are produced in Kongsberg. Kongsberg was from its foundation a key town in Norway, thanks to the rich silver sources in the hills. Today merely a small town, but it's rich past is seen for instance in Konsberg church, still Norway's largest church by number of seats. Kongsberg and Røros Churches are the two monumental churches of the 1700s. Unlike most other Norwegian towns, Kongsberg is not a part but resides in the valley next to the mines. The silver mines is a web of some 1000 km tunnels and 300 shafts dug out during some 300 years of production, and is a key historical monument in this district. The mines cover an area of 30 square kilometers, which also includes about 80 dams supplying water to the facilities. Unlike most mines, in the Kongsberg mines large chunks of pure silver was often found deep in the hard rock. More than 1 million kilograms of pure silver were extracted from these hills. The deepest shafts went 1000 meters under ground. At its peak the mines employed some 4000 people and was Norway's largest enterprise before the industrial era. A small train brings visitors a few kilometers into the mines (May 18 to August 31).

Kongsberg is the gate to the great Numedal valley. There is also a nice winter sport resort in the hills of Kongsberg.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

Oslo Airport Gardermoen [1] (IATA: OSL)Driving distance: about two hour.

Sandefjord Airport Torp [2] (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 towards Haugesund. Or Northern going road 40 towards Geilo and then after 5 kilometres to Rjukan westwards on road 37.

Get around[edit]

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

See[edit]

Entrance to the Silver Mines.
  • Sølvgruvene (Silvermines), Saggrenda (Situated 8 km west of the town.), e-mail: . 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.
  • Norsk Bergverksmuseum (Mining Museum), Hytte gate 3 +47 32723200, e-mail: . 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.
  • 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.

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Buy[edit]

  • Stortorvet. Shopping mall

Eat[edit]

Drink[edit]

Sleep[edit]

Budget[edit]

Mid-Range[edit]

  • Best Western Gyldenløve HotellHermann Foss gate 1 +47 32865800.
  • Quality Grand HotellChristian Augusts gate 2 +47 32772800.

Connect[edit]

  • Kongsberg Bibliotek (Kongsberg Public Library), Christian Augusts gate 1 +47 32866850fax: +47 32731276, e-mail: . Wireless internet for laptop and computers with internet access available.

Go next[edit]

  • Numedal valley towards Geilo.
  • Blefjell, great cross country skiing.
  • Bolkesjø, great for hikingtrips and fishing.
  • Rjukan, drive towards Geilo, and off to Road 37 to find historical town with many possible activities.
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