What to do and see in Kongsberg, Norway: The Best Places and Tips

November 24, 2017 Emerita Lamoureux

Kongsberg ( listen (help·info)) is a town and municipality in Buskerud county, Norway. Kongsberg is the administration center in Kongsberg municipality. The city is located on the river Numedalslågen at the entrance to the valley of Numedal. The municipality of Kongsberg was established on 1 January 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt). The rural municipalities of Ytre Sandsvær and Øvre Sandsvær were merged into the municipality of Kongsberg on 1 January 1964.
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1. Norwegian Mining Museum

Hyttegata 3, Kongsberg 3616, Norway +47 919 13 200
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Norwegian Mining Museum

The Norwegian Mining Museum including The Silves Mines collection of native silver, Norwegian minerals and miningindustry, Kongsberg skiing history, the coin and medal collection and the Kongsberg industry cololection are five Exhibitions located under one roof in the city centre of Kongsberg. One ticket will give you access to all five museums. The Norwegian Mining Museum offers you the history of the Silver Mines and the worlds largest and most precious display of native silver. The Ski Museum has an astonishing collection consisting of over 5000 trophys. The Royal Mint Museum gives you an insight of the citys coin production from its beginning up until today. The museum of arms and weapons opened the year 2000 and conveys the industrial history of Kongsberg starting 1814. The Silvermines Join a train ride that takes you 342 meters below the surface and 2,3 km into the mountain. Inside the King’s mine there is a guided tour through stopes, adits and shafts. A mine elevator built in 1881 (“Fahrkunst”), is just one of many things to see on this tour, which takes 1,5 hours. The temperature is 6°C, so please dress warm! Children under 3 years are not permitted to entre the Silvermines.

Reviewed By EiWiSu - Drammen, Norway

We came to take the train into the Silver Mines with our two small children. Wow. The train carts resembled transport wagons and enhanced the mystic mine experience.
Once through the noisy and dark train ride some 2km into the mine we were taken on an interesting safari and shown interesting elements connected to silver mining. Very educational and genuine experience.
After the return train trip out of the mines we went to the activity growns where we washed out silver from sand, hammered a coin and looked at ways of heating the stonewalls. Very engaging for kids.
It's a somewhat old fashioned museum, but very educational and a very memorable event for the family.

2. Kongsberg Church

Kirketorget, Kongsberg 3616, Norway +47 32 29 90 50
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Kongsberg Church

The largest Baroque/Roccoco Church in Norway The Church of Kongsberg is the largest baroque/roccoco church in Norway Seating 2400 people. The Church is a unique structure with altar, pulpit and pipe organ built into one manificent altar wall facing the treasurebearing mountain. The church interior also features a beautifully decorated kings loge and two enormous glass chandeleirs from Nostetangen Glassverk. The Gloger organ Gottfried Heinrich Gloger designed, built and installed the famous Gloger organ in Kongsberg church. It is said to be Northern-Europes largest baroque instrument, and is frequented by some of the greatest organ players in the world.

Reviewed By Z-Foodie69 - Tallahassee, Florida

IF YOU ARE A HISTORY BUFF, THIS CHURCH WILL BE AN EXCELLENT VISIT. We visited the Kongsberg Church for a musical/concert. After the concert we got a tour of the church from a local. The Kongsberg Church, is located in Kongsberg, Norway. The church was designed by Joachim Andreas Stukenbrock and the construction period lasted from 1740 to 1761. The church contains the largest roccoco interior in Norwegian churches. Among the driving forces behind the decoration and interior of the church was mining engineer Michael Heltzen. The church also has 1 of 3 Gloger organs in the world. This is a lovely 4 story church, even though the top floor had no access. The church houses different events throughout the year, so chances are when you visit there will be something going on. Pick up a flyer from one of the local shops or the hotel you are staying at to see the schedule.
BOTTOM LINE: This is a must visit if you are staying in Kongsberg or just passing through for a couple of hours. The great thing about Kongsberg is everything is within walking distance. The history in this church is outstanding.

3. Kongsberg Skisenter

Funkeliaveien 105, Kongsberg 3616, Norway +47 32 71 70 70
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Kongsberg Skisenter

Reviewed By cathousefood - Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Very crowded at weekends but a super place to ski with families. We rented a 3 bed cabin right on the resort and it was delightful. Also good facilities - just been updated I gather and within walk able distance to Kongsberg town. We have now been there twice, in the ski season and in the summer where it is great for fishing, hiking or biking and only an hour away from Oslo.

4. The Lagdal Folk Museum

Tillischbakken 8-10, Kongsberg 3613, Norway +47 32 73 34 68
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The Lagdal Folk Museum

Lagdal Folk Museum is the regional museum for Kongsberg and Numedal, and is the only museum in Norway with an exhibition on optical science. The open-air museum includes a reconstruction of a street from Kongsberg the venerable Glitre gard, one-time home to a noted mining official Norway’s last remaining tower barn and several farm buildings from Numedal, where traditional Norwegian farm animals graze during the summer. The museum also contains a Resistance Museum, a folk art exhibition, a collection of old shops and workshops, and a unique section on optical science.

Reviewed By EiWiSu - Drammen, Norway

The museum has a very interesting collection of furnitures, equipment and vessels in wood with decorative paint - Folk Art, from the region. Although the display seems somewhat dated they have some really impressive and exquisite artefacts. It’s well worth a visit!

5. Labro Museums

Lagendalsveien 148, Kongsberg 3618, Norway +47 32 72 42 80
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Labro Museums

The Labro museums consist of The Norwegian watercourse museum, The Numedalslagen’s timber floating museum and The Norwegian road museum, department Labro. Labro is situated south of Kongsberg by the Labro waterfall. The name Labro means “the brigde across Lagen”. The Labro area has an exciting past and archeological findings show that people have lived here since the bronze age. The Labro waterfall was a popular theme amongst the Norwegian painters in the national romantic period in the 19th century and has been immortalized by well-known painters like J.C. Dahl, Thomas Fearnley and Hans Gude. The Norwegian watercourse museum The Norwegian watercourse museum is situated in the Labro power station dating back to 1910 and has the watercourse history alongside Numedal as its main theme. The exhibition tells you about the nature, the industry and the culture along the watercourse, from Hardangervidda in the north to Larvik in the south. Here is also an exhibition about the production of hydroelectric power and an exhibition about the fire department in Kongsberg. The Numedalslagen’s timber floating museum The Numedalslagen’s timber floating museum is situated in the old dam building. It illustrates the importance of wood and timber in Numedals watercourse. Authentic contrivances and a rich collection of photos, shows us forestry and timber floating along Numedalslagen. The old “slide” for sliding logs in, is one of the longest which is preserved in the country. The Norwegian road museum, department Labro This regional road museum shows the history of road development in the County of Buskerud. The main exhibition in “Langbrakka” shows how transport and roads have gradually changed from walking and horseriding earthtracks to modern highways. In the old Moen road station barracks a workshop and a forge with equipment and tools are established. Outdoors you will find equipment for rock drilling, stone crushing and snow removal, together with stump-pullers, graders and other construction and maintenance machinery. In the building in front of “Langbrakka” a separate exhibition shows the development of the “Transport and vehicle control”.

Reviewed By sussiehk - Kongsberg, Norway

In really natural surroundings you'll find this museum that tells the story of timber transportation and how to make power from water. The power station still is functional and supplies whole areas with electricity. The museum includes an art gallery and a small cafeteria.

6. Liatoppen Fjellpark

Jondalen, Kongsberg, Norway
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Liatoppen Fjellpark

Reviewed By Morten S - Drammen, Norway

Om du vil på fottur eller skitur innover på søndre Blefjell er dette et fint utgangspunkt. Liatoppen er vestvendt og solrikt på ettermiddagen. Mange nybygde hytter. Veien opp fra Jondalen er forholdsvis bratt og smal, og det er bomvei. Selve fjellparken er ikke all verdens, men den har en liten skiheis som er fin for barnefamilier.

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