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Top Sites in Horton Norway

There are many top historical areas in this small town.

History of Horton

Top sites in Horton, Norway are plentiful due to the vast amount of history unearthed in and around the city. Horton, Norway, is situated on the Oslofyord and is named after the old Horten farm (called “Hortan” in 1552), built on the same ground. Several hills and mountains in Norway have the name Horten (or Horta, feminine), which could be referring to Brårudåsen lying in the middle of the town.  

Nature preserves include Vealøs, Adalstjern, Frebergsvik, and Falkensten. Additional nature preserves are in Borrevannet, Løvøya, Bastøy, and the village of Åsgårdstrand. Falkenstendammen is a wildlife preserve home to various nationally threatened species. Reverompa Plant Reserve was established in 2006 due to the presence of the nationally endangered crested cow-wheat. Tordenskjoldeika is a protected 700-year-old oak tree by the harbor.

Two Top Sites of Horton, Norway

Åsgårdstrand has been a vacation and beach destination since 1920 as it had already become an artists’ colony, attracting painters such as Edvard Munch and Fritz Thaulow. Edvard Munch spent seven summers at his vacation home in Åsgårdstrand, known as Munchs Lille Hus (“Munch’s Little House”). The house is now a museum located on Munch’s Street. Summer time allows the area to come alive with greenery and flowers as well allowing beach-goers to enjoy the beauty of the water and beaches.

Historical sites of Horton Norway
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Top Sites of Horton Norway
Edvard Munch


Top Historical Sites to Visit.

The burial mound at Borre National Park, Norway’s first national park.

The first national park founded in Norway is Borrehaugene (from Borre, the name of a local village, and haugene from the old Norse word haugr meaning mound). Borre National Park sits between Horten and Åsgårdstrand, and site provides important historical knowledge. Because of evidence found here, this is seen as a center of power in the Viking Age. Excavations have uncovered an excellent selection of craftwork on display in Oslo at the Viking Ship Museum. This style, known as “Borre style”, is known for its animal and knot ornaments, often used for decorating harnesses.

The Borre mound cemetery at Borre National Park contains graves of kings dating back to the Migration Period. The park covers 45 acres and has Scandinavia’s largest collection of kings’ graves. These burial mounds may represent North Europe’s most extensive collection of graves of the old Scandinavian Yngling dynasty.

Top Sites of Historical Interest in Horton, Norway

Marinemuseet, the Royal Norwegian Navy Museum, is the oldest existing museum of its kind in the world, founded in 1853. At the Royal Norwegian Navy Museum you can find many ships, including HNoMS Rap, the world’s first torpedo boat from 1873.

The Marine Museum is located in the same building as the Preus Museum. Entry for adults is $10.

Top sites in Horton Norway
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Preus Museum

The Preus Museum is named after Leif Preus (1928 in Horten – 2013) a photographer who founded Fotomuseum in 1976. It houses cameras from the very first model to the present time. The museum houses films from all eras. It also has films and exhibits of varying times in history. The other half of the museum houses different exhibits throughout the year and while I was visiting, it was the 50th anniversary of Norway passing legislation for the LGBTQ community giving all people the same rights. It was a beautiful exhibit, and I am grateful I could see it. Cost is $8 for adults

Preus Fotomuseum
Preus Fotomuseum
LGBTQ exhibit
50th Anniversary Passage of rights for all

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Midgard Viking Center and Hall

Have you ever wondered what it was like to live as a viking? Here you can learn and participate. Plan to be here for a few hours as you learn how to be an archer, a blacksmith and much more. You can see Borre park (mentioned above) and the newly found Viking ship burial which combine to create a great history lesson. You are welcome to watch, read and use what you learn about the Viking age. The guides bring the Viking Age to life for visitors. The center opened in 2000 and the Viking Hall opened in 2013, after finding evidence of possible guildhalls in the area in 2007. The center offers a great view of the majestic Borre park and mounds, which are the largest collection of monumental grave mounds from the Viking Age in northern Europe.

Horton Church
Horton Church

The town operates Horton church. In 2005, it celebrated its 150th anniversary. It is situated in the historical area of the Preus Museum and the Marinemuseet.

Horten Bilmuseum, the classic car museum, houses a variety of classic cars ranging from 1900 to the 1970s. One of Norway’s largest model railways is also on display in the museum. It is open every day during summer, Sundays only from the middle of August to the middle of June.

Borre Golfbane is a golf course  has hosted two Challenge Tour events (1994 and 1998) and was in 2005 extended to 27 holes of full length (par 72 + par 36). The first Challenge Tour event in 1994 was the first professional golf tournament on Norwegian soil. The 18-hole course runs along lake Borrevannet and some of the holes have views over the lake.

Lake Borrevannet is home to a national bird sanctuary where 255 different bird species have been observed (2003 numbers). 110 species have been confirmed using the lake as their nesting place.

L’Esprit d’Edvard Munch is the northernmost vinyard of the world, operating in Horten.

Åsgårdstrand, in the southern part of the municipality, is a sight of its own. It is a small, white-painted ocean town that is best known for its great painters (like the aforementioned Edvard Munch) and its beaches.

If you like visiting museums around the world, check out Museums of Madrid

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