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Norway's black-gold treasure chest

There’s way more to Stavanger than a hunt for black gold, although the oil capital of Norway is not as popular of a destination as Oslo and Bergen. The city still retains some of its sleepy, provincial charm, but it’s now modern and cosmopolitan, and chock-full of nostalgic attractions and worthwhile treasures. Gamle Stavanger, with its winding streets and wooden houses, is still the main tourist draw. The fjords and scenic nature, however, are second-to-none, and there’s enough entertainment for the whole family to enjoy.

Gamle Stavanger

Famous The old heart of the city

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I love the wooden houses in this part of the city. Yes, it feels a bit like a touristy attraction, there are still people living in the cute houses here. Picture perfect, period.

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The old heart of the city Editors' Note

Gamle Stavanger, the pride of the city, boasts 173 wooden buildings from the turn of the 18th century. This is the largest collection of wooden buildings in Europe, and one of Stavanger’s most picturesque neighborhoods.

Visitors will enjoy traditional Norwegian homes from the 19th and 20th century, as well as art galleries and handicraft boutiques. The main attraction in Gamle Stavanger is the Norwegian Canning museum in Øvre Strandgate 88, documenting what once was Stavanger’s most significant trade.

Gamle Stavanger
Gamle Stavanger, 4001 Stavanger Stavanger
Tasta, Eiganes og Våland