Haugesund, Norway

Haugesund sits on the Karmsundet, the protected inner passage separated from the North Sea by the large island of Karmoy. Its pink, neo-classical City Hall, built in 1931, is a historic landmark in Norway. The impressive Haraldshaugen monument commemorates the millennial celebration of the formation of the nation by King Harald Fairhair, who lived in nearby Avaldsnes. Avaldsnes also has a notable medieval church. For a look at how Haugesund looked in its early years, visit the Dokken Open-Air Museum. And for panoramic views of the area, ascend to the Kvala Battery, a relic gun turret set high above the sea, which guarded the entry to Haugesund during World War II.