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Torshavn, Streymoy, Faroe Islands
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Ranked #2 of 6 Attractions in Torshavn
Type: Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas
Description: The attractive, historic centre of Torshavn, with old grass-roofed buildings. The headquarters of the Faroese Government is based here.
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Colchester, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
20 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

I visit here on a cruise to Iceland. It is a beautiful and quaint city. The Tourist Information Office is exceptionally helpful, they recommended walking tours, bus rides (red buses are free, but they only operate weekdays), did a circular tour of over an hour, very scenic. Went to a museum Culture museum on another bus and did a walk... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

The heart of old Torshavn, a chaotic jumble of turf-roofed houses and cobbled lanes. Check out the Viking sundial, peer into the windows of government ministries or watch dawn break over the harbour. Should be on the UNESCO World Heritage list.

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London, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

The area is really small but it is worthy to random through the tyoical houses, which are still so well preserved.

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Towcester, United Kingdom
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38 reviews 38 reviews
11 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

This "cute" parliament is astonishingly accessible - huddled together, many of the buildings with grass roofs, on a small peninsula between the two harbours. There is evidence that you could enter any of the buildings but it was charming to stumble upon a wooden door with a glass pain in it and saying "prime minister". This is government on a... More

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Chattanooga, TN
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14 attraction reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

People still live here! It was a pleasure to stroll through well-preserved historical buildings and see residents' laundry hung out to dry alongside official and private offices. While we found all the "modern necessities" in Torshavn (except a laundromat), we felt that the people were very much steeped in their history and culture. Tinganes epitomized this. I highly recommend enhancing... More

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The Villages, Florida
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23 reviews 23 reviews
19 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

The Faroe Islands and Torshavn are just another of Denmark's Jewels. We previously spent 4 days in Copenhagen and unfortunately did not have time to see other parts of Denmark. We booked a 2 hour tour and we were quite impressed with the area and being so tranquil. We travelled up the scenic ridge along the Southern part of Streymoy... More

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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99 reviews 99 reviews
69 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

The grass thatched cottages in Tinganes are really unique & are really fascinating to walk around. It is unusual to see so many really old houses which are preserved so well. People are still living in these miniature houses & the whole area looks like a little model village. These houses date back from the 17th century & you really... More

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83 reviews 83 reviews
56 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Tinganes is a fairly compact area with much history. From the Parliament Building to the grass roofed cottages, it is a fairy tale in real life. To get the most from it I would suggest a walking tour. If you want to get a little more flavor, hop on the RED local bus, it is free and runs in a... More

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Buxton, United Kingdom
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99 reviews 99 reviews
26 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

We only had a few hours in Torshavn but there was so much to see and in this compact area of town it was hard to miss anything. Arriving from the Scottish mainland, this place is so different with turf roofed wooden, brightly painted houses and narrow alleyways straddling the harbour. The old town is home to the parliament buildings... More

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Adelaide, Australia
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53 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

Walking around Tinganes on a quiet Sunday morning listening to the sound of church bells and catching glimpses of the boats in the harbour over the turf roofs is a truly lovely experience.

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