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This laidback riverside city in southern Norway offers art, architecture and beer as well as outdoor year-round adventures.

Relaxed riverside walks, outdoor adventures, art and a historic brewery make Drammen an interesting stop on vacations in Norway. Traditionally an industrial center, today Drammen is an attractive city that straddles the gently-flowing river, Drammenselva. It’s the capital of Buskerud County, located in southeastern Norway.

Drammen’s flat streets and compact city center make it a good destination to explore on foot. Start your visit at Bragernes Torg, the city’s central square on the north side of the river. Watch city life unfold from a café terrace or enjoy open-air concerts during summer festivals such as Drammen Elvefestival. Check out the castle-like architecture of the town hall and admire the 19th-century neo-Gothic architecture of Bragernes Church.

Stroll along the riverfront, where locals sunbathe on grassy banks and cool off in the water during warm summers. Enjoy the views from a waterfront café or sample the beers at Aass Brewery, Norway’s oldest surviving brewery. Relax in the manicured gardens of Gamle Kirkeplass surrounded by colorful townhouses and the Drammen Theatre. Visit the theater to watch orchestral concerts, ballets and musicals.

Cross the river via the Y-shaped Ypsilon Bridge to Union Brygge, a cultural area with concert hall, restaurants and boutique shops. Visit the wooden Stromsgodset Church, built in 1843, to see interesting architecture. Spot displays of ceramics, textiles, glasswork and folk art from the Buskerud region at the Drammen Museum.

Enjoy panoramic views over the city from Sprialtoppen, a lookout reachable by pathways leading through the city’s surrounding hills. Alternatively, drive to the lookout via the zigzagging tunnel that cuts through the hillside. Go to the 10,000-year-old Kjosterudjuvet canyon for more outdoor activities. Hike along a wilderness trail to lakes and waterfalls, try gorge-jumping or abseil down the canyon’s vertical walls. When the snow falls, ski and snowboard at Drammen Skisenter.

Drammen’s varied attractions make it a popular side trip from Oslo. The city is also on the route of the train journey between Bergen and Oslo, which passes through Norway’s breathtaking scenery.

Top Hotels in Drammen

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Comfort Hotel Union Brygge - Drammen
Comfort Hotel Union Brygge - Drammen
4 out of 5
Grønland 64, Drammen
per night
Feb 20 - Feb 21

Located in the heart of Drammen, this hotel is steps from Oslofjord, Union Scene, and Papirbredden. Stromsgodset Church and Drammens Theatre are also within ...

4.3/5Excellent! (771 reviews)
Great experience

"I was in Drammen for a business meeting and stayed at Union Brygge. Lovely staff, very friendly and forthcoming and the whole place as well as the rooms: sqeaky clean. Electronic checkout was quick and easy and this should be the norm everywhere. Food was very good, varied and dinner, which they ..."…"

Reviewed on Oct 14, 2019

Comfort Hotel Union Brygge - Drammen
Clarion Collection Hotel Tollboden
Clarion Collection Hotel Tollboden
3.5 out of 5
Tollbugaten 43, Drammen
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
per night
Feb 28 - Feb 29

Located in the heart of Drammen, this beach hotel is steps from Oslofjord, Stromso Church, and Port of Drammen. Marienlyst Stadium and Drammen Water Park are ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (336 reviews)
Traveling through Drammen

"We stayed on the side close to a railroad track and the noise was bothersome. Otherwise, our stay was very pleasant and good in every way."…"

Reviewed on Aug 20, 2019

Clarion Collection Hotel Tollboden
Quality Hotel River Station
Quality Hotel River Station
3 out of 5
Dr. Hansteins 7, Drammen
per night
Mar 8 - Mar 9

Located in the heart of Drammen, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Oslofjord, Stromso Church, and Port of Drammen. Drammen Water Park and Drammens Museum ...

4.3/5Excellent! (6 reviews)

"New and clean and just 5 mins walk from Drammen Station"…"

Reviewed on Nov 12, 2019

Quality Hotel River Station