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The coastal strip stretching from Horten to Åsgårdstrand offers unique experiences for bird and animal watchers. Åsgårdstrand is best known as the place where Edvard Munch painted "The Girls on the Bridge". The National Park with its famous Borrehaugene grave-mounds is both a nature and historical experience.


Karjohansvern Naval District East based there was disbanded in 2002. The Museum, the Royal Norwegian Navy Band, a department of the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment and some of the Navy´s school administration is still present.

As of 2006 the entire base including 73 buildings has been given protected heritage status by the Directorate for Cultural Heritage in Norway. Karljohansvern is open to the public. Only Vealøs is still owned by the Department of Defence.