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  • Hotel by the quay in Skien, where the beatiful Telemark Canal begins.
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Skien is the capital of the countyTelemark with just over 50,000 inhabitants. The city is beautifully located between the two lakes Bryggeparken and Hjellevannet.The waterfront in Skien municipality is an important part of the cityscape, and has a mixture of pedestrian streets, green lungs and monumental buildings. 

The Telemark Canal starts in the middle of Skien center, and you will meet the first 2 locks here. Skien Church with its 2 towers of 68 meters is clearly in the cityscape and open in summer for those who want to see the beautiful church. The world-famous playwright Henrik Ibsen was born in Skien and grew up here. Today, his childhood home on Venstøp is a museum, Henrik Ibsen Museum.

Exciting shopping opportunities can be found here, and if you need a breake, there are many cafes to choose from.

The city has a rich cultural life with its own theater stage, the culture house Ibsenhuset with its large program throughout the year, several well-known jazz musicians and three venues for contemporary art. Skien is also the venue for the food festival Mersmak, ParkJazz, as well as a number of concerts, theater performances and sporting events.




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What's Nearby

  1. Telemark Kunstsenter, SKIEN

    Telemark Kunstsenter (Telemark Art Senter) is a center of competence for professional…

    141 m away
  2. Ibsenhuset

    Ibsenhuset is named after Skien's famous son, Henrik Ibsen.

    155 m away
  3. The Ibsen stairs

    The Ibsen Steps were restored in April 1995.

    316 m away
  1. Snipetorp district

    Snipetorp is Skien's oldest residential after the city fires in 1854 and 1886.

    371 m away
  2. Søndre Brekke Estate, Telemark Museum

    The main building, Søndre Brekke farm in Brekkeparken, is truly magnificent and has…

    372 m away
  3. Fish ladder

    New, modern fish ladder in down town of Skien.

    410 m away
  4. Brekkeparken in Skien

    Brekkeparken is one lovely place to visit, a beautiful garden and great views of the town…

    520 m away
  5. MS Victoria

    MS Victoria, also known as the Canal Queen sails on lock cruises between Skien and…

    824 m away
  6. Gea Norvegica Unesco Global Geopark,Skien

    1500 million of years of geological history. 

    1.12 km away
  7. The Ibsen Theatre

    Teater Ibsen works to create experiences you will remember!  

    1.17 km away
  8. Gea Norvegica Unesco Global Geopark - Kapitelberget

    On Kapitelberget you'll find the ruins of a crypt church from the Middle Ages.The church…

    1.32 km away
  9. Kapitelberget

    Church ruins after the mighty Dagsætten (ancestry) in Skien. From the 1100s.

    1.34 km away
  10. Gjerpen Church

    Gjerpen Church lies on the northern edge of Skien and is a beautiful romanesque stone…

    1.62 km away
  11. Hakastein cultural monuments site

    Christian burial grounds, cooking pits and "witches graves".

    1.64 km away
  12. The Ironage-house Århus

    The iron age-house at Aarhus in Skien was opened in September 2005.

    3.06 km away
  13. Henrik Ibsen Museum

    Henrik Ibsen was born in Skien on 20 March 1828. His childhood home is just a few…

    4.02 km away
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