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Skien

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Skien is a city and municipality in Telemark county, Norway. It is part of the traditional region of Grenland. The administrative centre of the municipality is the city of Skien. Skien is also the administrative centre of Telemark county.Skien is one of Norway's oldest cities, with an urban history dating back to the Middle Ages, and received privileges as a market town in 1358. From the 15th century, the city was governed by a 12-member council. The modern municipality of Skien was established on 1 January 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt). The rural municipalities of Gjerpen and Solum were merged into the municipality of Skien on 1 January 1964.The conurbation of Porsgrunn/Skien is reckoned by Statistics Norway to be the seventh largest urban area in Norway, straddling an area of three municipalities: Skien municipality (about 62% of the population), Porsgrunn (30%), and Bamble (8%). This area is home to more than 100,000 people.Skien was historically Norway's most important port town for shipping timber and one of Norway's leading commercial cities with extensive contact with neighbouring countries, particularly Denmark. The city was the birthplace of playwright Henrik Ibsen, and many of his famous dramas are set in places reminiscent of 19th-century Skien.
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Water Body
The Telemark Canal
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Duration: 2 hours
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Park
Brekkeparken
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min
Theme Park
The Adventure Factory
4.0
Duration: 2 hours
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Church
Skien Kirke
4.8
Duration: 2 hours

Side trips from Skien

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Natural History Museum
The Cobalt Works Buskerud
4.6
Duration: 8 hours
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Children’s Museum
DuVerden Maritime Museum + Science Centre Porsgrunn
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
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Church
Kongsberg Church Kongsberg
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
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Specialty Museum
Norwegian Mining Museum Kongsberg
4.5
Duration: 2 hours

Hidden gems in Skien

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History Museum
Telemark Museum
3.9
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Church
Borgestad Church
4.3
Duration: 2 hours
Religious Site
The Baptistchurch Skien
4.3
Duration: 2 hours
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Church
Gimsoy Church
3.6
Duration: 2 hours

Museums in Skien

Specialty Museum
Lundetangen Brewery Collection
3.5
Duration: 2 hours
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Art Gallery
Spriten Kunsthall
3.7
Duration: 1h 30 min

Historic Sites in Skien

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Church
Kilebygda Church
2.3
Duration: 2 hours

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