The 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.
Bragernes 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
The 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
The 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.
Bragernes 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
St. 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.
You 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.