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StavangerNorway

This historic, oil-rich city in southwestern Norway is renowned for its culture and sardines, and for being a gateway to the spectacular Norwegian fjord

Maritime and cultural history museums, outdoor activities and food festivals all make Norway’s forth-largest city a traveler’s favorite. Stavanger was founded over 10,000 years ago. The city today retains the atmosphere of a traditional sea port, yet has the cosmopolitan charms that earned it European Capital of Culture in 2008.

Getting around Stavanger is easy on foot as many major attractions are within walking distance of the city center. Stroll along the cobblestone streets of Gamle Stavanger (Old Town) to find an assortment of 18th-century wooden houses. Go to the city’s harbor to find pubs and restaurants, many with outdoor seating areas. Come in July when the Gladmat Festival takes over the harbor. Here you can sample regional fish dishes and take cooking classes.

A major feature of Stavanger is its large collection of museums, which are ideal to visit when the weather shows its notoriously cold side. Learn about the city’s fish canning heritage at The Norwegian Canning Museum. Spot work by Norwegian and international artists, such as Antony Gormley, at the Stavanger Art Museum. Play games that originated in the Stone Age at The Norwegian Children’s Museum. Boat enthusiasts will appreciate the model ship collection at the Stavanger Maritime Museum.

Be sure to visit Kongeparken for a day of family fun. This amusement park is home to more than 50 rides and attractions, including the longest bobsled track in Norway. Visit the park’s chocolate factory to try your hand at making some of this sweet treat.

While in Stavanger, don’t miss out on a cruise of the Norwegian fjords. Visit Lysefjord to see a 1,312-feet (400-meter) tall waterfall, enjoy kayaking excursions and hike to viewpoints and mountain peaks.

Rent a car to explore areas outside of the city. Drive to the island of Mosterøy and visit Utstein Monastery, which is the best-preserved medieval monastery in Norway. Alternatively, rent a bike and explore areas of the North Sea Cycle Route. This 3,728 mile (6,000 kilometer) long cycle route passes through eight European countries.

Where to stay in Stavanger

Stavanger Cathedral featuring heritage architecture, a church or cathedral and religious aspects

Kannik

5/5Exceptional!(6 area reviews)

If you're spending some time in Kannik, Telecom Museum and Stavanger Cathedral are top sights worth seeing.

Kannik

Top hotels in Stavanger

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Radisson Blu Atlantic Hotel, Stavanger
Radisson Blu Atlantic Hotel, Stavanger
4 out of 5
Olav V's Gate 3, Stavanger
The price is Rs7,937 per night

Located in Kannik, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Stavanger Cathedral, Stavanger Maritime Museum and Old Stavanger. Telecom Museum and Stavanger Museum ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (844 reviews)

"Great location in Stavanger with easy walking distance to the downtown and harbor areas."…"

Reviewed on 16 Mar 2020

Radisson Blu Atlantic Hotel, Stavanger
Clarion Hotel Stavanger
Clarion Hotel Stavanger
4 out of 5
Arne Rettedals gate 14, Stavanger
The price is Rs9,364 per night

Located in Kannik, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Telecom Museum and Stavanger Cathedral. Old Stavanger and Stavanger Maritime Museum are also within ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (551 reviews)

"This hotel is superior! The staff, rooms and food are excellent. I will stay here over and over again."…"

Reviewed on 28 Jan 2020

Clarion Hotel Stavanger
Clarion Hotel Energy
Clarion Hotel Energy
4 out of 5
Ishockeyveien 2, Stavanger
The price is Rs7,246 per night

Located in the heart of Stavanger, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of DNB Arena, Stavanger Forum and Stavanger Idrettshall. Amfi Madla and Rogaland Art ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (418 reviews)
Great hotel

"Best hotel ever, nice service, beautiful room, friendly people. The parking was little bit far away"…"

Reviewed on 7 Oct 2019

Clarion Hotel Energy

Popular places to visit in Stavanger

Kongeparken
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Kongeparken

4.5/5(3 reviews)

Learn the art of chocolate making, hurtle down Norway’s longest bobsled run and watch live science shows at one of the country's favorite amusement parks.

Sola Beach
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Sola Beach

5/5(5 reviews)

If a restful holiday is part of your travel plans, Sola Beach might be the perfect place to visit during your trip to Sola. While you're in the area, stroll along the marina.

Norwegian Petroleum Museum
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Norwegian Petroleum Museum

4.5/5(7 reviews)

Learn about the geological history of oil, how it was found in the North Sea and the importance of oil production safety precautions at this interactive museum.

Stavanger Cathedral
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Stavanger Cathedral

4/5(10 reviews)

Admire a gorgeous Gothic façade, see Baroque-influenced decorations and walk around rejuvenating gardens at one of Norway’s oldest cathedrals.

Old Stavanger
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Old Stavanger

4.5/5(16 reviews)

You can learn about the history of Stavanger with a visit to Old Stavanger. While you're in the area, stroll along the waterfront.

Dalsnuten
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Dalsnuten

You can take time to visit Dalsnuten during your travels to Sandnes. While you're in the area, stroll along the waterfront.

Reviews of Stavanger

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5/5 - Excellent

Tanya

25 Jan 2020

Would love to visit again

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

16 Aug 2019

Stavanger is a great city to visit for a few days. Preikestolen is a must, but there is also a great deal of pleasure to be had just strolling around the city, including its suburbs.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

18 Jun 2019

Picturesque town, very walkable, nice restaurants and shops

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

15 Jun 2019

Smaller than I expected but lovely town

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

1 Jun 2019

Great little city. Amazing atmosphere and a great place to set your home in Norway when exploring and hiking the fjords like I did. Would come back in a heart beat

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

3 Apr 2019

Stavanger is just the right size for a long weekend. Not too big not too small. The old town is great. The restaurants and bars lively and the people are friendly.

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