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"Lillehammer - a 5* Olympic town" Top 5 Page for this destination Lillehammer by Diana75

Lillehammer Travel Guide: 141 reviews and 333 photos

"And the winner is... Lillehammer".

These were the words pronounced by Juan Antonio Samaranch when the small norwegian town of Lillehammer has been choosen to host the Winter Olympics in 1994.

And it certainly was a full success.

Lillehammer with its 25,100 inhabitants is situated at the southern end of the Gudbrandsdal valley on the northern shore of Mjosa Lake.

The town was founded in 1827 and was granted with town status in 1842.

Today's Lillehammer is an important destination for sports fans. Here is one of Europe's best cross-country ski resorts that can be used during both winter and summer.

Other attractions in and around Lillehammer:

- Maihaugen, The Sandvig Collections - is one of Northern Europe's largest open-air museums, with 185 buildings from the Lillehammer and Gudbrandsdalen Valley;

- Skibladner - the worlds oldest Paddle Steamer;

- Norwegian Museum of Historic Vehicles;

- Lillehammer Art Museum - founded in 1994 comprising Norwegian visual art from the 1800s up until today.

  • Last visit to Lillehammer: Aug 2004
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • matcrazy1's Profile Photo
    Feb 17, 2007 at 4:26 PM

    Norwegian Olympic Museum and Lysgardsbakkene Ski Jumping Arena sound interesting, not to mention downhill and bobsleighing simulator. The views down are breathtaking.

  • LoriPori's Profile Photo
    Oct 3, 2006 at 4:20 AM

    Wow what wonderful views of Lillehammer from the Ski Jump Area. Looks like a lovely town to explore.

  • traveldave's Profile Photo
    Jun 7, 2006 at 8:38 AM

    Lillehammer looks like a nice little town. And I bet without the Olympics, not many people would know about it, let alone go there.

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    May 31, 2006 at 7:18 AM

    How interesting to see Lillehammer without the snow! Good descriptions and keen photographs.

  • Mar 10, 2006 at 9:55 AM

    Your Intro photo from the top of the ski jump makes me feel dizzy! -- I think the simulator would be sufficient for me ...

  • Cristian_Uluru's Profile Photo
    Mar 9, 2006 at 1:02 PM

    Very interesting page!!! I can't see this town during my trip in Norway last year!! Maybe in the future! Ciao


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