heart of the city is Bragernes Torg. Bragernes Torg provides the
setting for numerous events, especially in summer when a colourful,
fascinating market sells agricultural produce, flowers and plants. This
square is the largest in Scandinavia and lined by several old,
interesting buildings from the time after 1866, that is after the great
fire had devastated the entire district.
The outdoor stage lends
itself to all kinds of events, there is a small ice skating rink, and
Bragernes Torg also serves as an arena for World Cup sprint
competitions and other sporting activities. People sitting at sidewalk
café´s and restaurants enjoying a coffe or a beer.
market with its shopping and bustling life is quite an experience. Here
you have a great view of the market square. It´s history starts
in 1866, when most of Bragernes was affected by a great fire that
devastated 388 buildings. The city bridge and the old fire station were
spared. The new town hall was erected in the same style as the fire
station, and behind them, the new church. Most of the buildings along
our tour were erected from 1866 to 1871.
THE TOWN HALL
City Hall was built in 1871 and was formerly court house and police
station. The building was considerabley restored and received the
Europa Nostra conservation prize in 1986.
THE FIRE STATION
Fire Station was designed by city engineer Heyerdahl in the mixed style
of the time, and was naturally given a tower to dry the fire hoses. The
well known painter Hans Heyerdahl was the designer´s son and grew
up on the first floor of the fire station. Today, the Fire Station
Barracks accommodate several businesses.
Church erected in new gothic style and located in the heights towards
the hill. It was consecrated on 12 July 1871. Its well known altarpiece
withe the Resurrection by Adolph Tidemand has been copied in around 70
churches in Norway. The beautiful carillon was donated by former
Drammen citizens on the occasion of the town anniversary in 1961. It
has 35 bells.
ST. HALVARD FOUNTAIN
Hallvard´s Fountain pays homage to the saint of the same name.
You can listen to concerts and other entertainment on a walk across the
square, or just sit down by St. Hallvard´s Fountain, a pretty
specimen relating the history of the local saint.
Bragernes Market is the largest in Norway and also Drammen´s front parlour.
During the summer in particular, citizens and visitors gather in the
market square enjoying its unique ambience. Here is bustling activity,
stallholders selling fruit, vegetables, flowers and a lot more. The
market square was laid out in 1866 when a fire had reduced 388
buildings to ashes.
DRAMMEN STOCK ENCHANGE
The Stock Exchange is the meeting place for business people, and contains the city´s most beautiful party localities.
could start your city walk from the river and the city bridge. Here is
the recently built Skutebrygga and Glass on the pier, two very special
restaurant with a characteristic maritime appearance. From the city
bridge, you have a fine view of Drammen´s well-known townscape
including the market square, the tower buildings and the magnificent
Bragernes Church from 1871. With its footpaths and unique viewpoints,
beautiful Bragernesåsen forms a decorative backdrop.