Haugesund City Hall

Rådhusgata 66, 5528 Haugesund, Norway

Haugesund’s unusual city hall has often been described as one of the most beautiful buildings of its period in Norway. Paid for by a local shipping magnate, the 1920s structure has an all-pink facade that lends it a wedding cake tone, while tall columns add neoclassical seriousness. In addition to the building itself—said to be the world’s only pink city hall—the surrounding gardens are a big draw. Nearby, the family-run Kyvik herring factory is open to those curious about the pickling process, and just outside town, the Haraldshaugen is a soaring stone obelisk built in 1872 to commemorate the unification of Norway under King Harald Fairhair in the 9th century.

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