Drammen: The Perfect College Vacation
The newest city in Norway, Drammen is a small industrial city. Its main commerce is not tourism but that does not mean that there is nothing to do. With an active nightlife and many local breweries, Drammen is a great place to go in order to live your life to the fullest.
Bragernes Market was designed in 1866 after preexisting buildings were burnt down. This is the first spot that must be seen in this city. With an assortment of shops and restaurants it will keep you poking around and looking for new things for hours. All of the buildings are classic from there era and are artistic in there own way. A perfect place to spend strolling around and shopping until you (or your bank account) can’t take it anymore.
Spiraltoppen is one of the most visited places in Drammen. If seen during the day this is an amazing walk through time. There are two ways to the top; walking through the town and taking the infamous spiral tunnels. At the top there is an open air museum that houses ancient home from the area. All homes are open for tour and are a great thing to see. A perfect place to get a glimpse of times long gone.
City Hall is a beautiful architectural masterpiece. Built in 1876 it is designed using brick and Marble. The size of the building is equivalent to that of many castles. The building originally housed the police station and the city court house. Today it is home to many government officials offices.
It was a sight to behold right from the marble floor to the glowing lights on the walls and the banisters gave a haunting feeling for people who are first timers at the venue and I have never yet come across a more magnificent structure than the City Hall, except perhaps the Lavelle club in Toronto. One can easily mistake the structure to be a royal castle that was once ruled by the great kings of the bygone era and gives an impression that you are the ruler the moment you start roaming from one place to another and drink in on its beauty.
Blaafarveverket is a cultural center in the heart of the city. Located in an original cobalt mine the center is both beautiful and full of locals. This is the perfect spot to see a side of Drammen that you will not see anywhere else.
Greven is a historical bar that operates until this day. It is a great place to go to eat a meal or have a drink. The prices are cheap and the food is amazing. They serve anything from local cuisine to pizza and burgers. The offer Venues for life music. The genre of the music rotates according to the artist that is scheduled. With an opportunity to listen to local musicians from all walks of life, this is the perfect way to end a day in this amazing city.
No matter the area of Drammen that you are located there is always a place to hike or walk. With dense forest surrounding the city taking a hike offers beautiful views of the local fauna and wildlife.
Drammen is a city that is new compared to world standards. With green, lush hills and deep blue water, this city is both beautiful and enjoyable. With many outdoor activities such as swimming, hiking and biking there is an infinite amount of things to do. From the bars to the cities there is something for everyone. It does not matter where you are from or how old you are, you are guaranteed to have a great time in this “baby” city.