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Stavanger Vågen

Vaagen is the harbour at the heart of Stavanger Norway - busy with sailing boats from afar, local boats, ferries and cruise ships. Set around it is a rainbow assortment of wooden seahouses that now contain restaurants, bars and shops.  Its the place that people come to to relax, by walking, eating or drinking - preferably outside in the sunshine.
This is also where the main festivals take place, filling the whole area with beach volleyball courts, or food tents or boat information.

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If you have the time, make sure you spend some time here. Walk around for a while, sit for a drink at a table outside somewhere, get some prawns and sit out on the floating booms to eat them.
From here you can wander in many different directions - Gamle Stavanger (the old wooden houses) is on the west side, with Bjergsted park beyond; you could walk along the blue promenade - especially in the evening; the Cathedral is at the south end, with Breiavatnet lake beyond, and the pedestrian shopping streets are hiding behind the restaurants and bars on the east side.
Victoria Hotel and Skagen Brygge Hotell both face onto the harbour and there are many other hotels in Stavanger.
Map reference:
3119 65415 Rogaland County map
At the Straen centre (west side) or Valberget (east side) or one of the other central car parks - its not far to walk.
By train
The train station is about 500 meters away, beyond the cathedral and Breiavatnet lake.
Distance from Stavanger: 0 km

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Carparks, toilets, bars, restaurants, fish markets, boat trips, museums, cathedrals...
Kids verdict:
We love going out on the floating booms, climbing on the "iron man" and getting prawns or strawberries.
See also:
Gamle Stavanger
Cathedral (Domkirken)
Pedestrian shopping streets
Blue Promenade
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