Stavanger, Norway. One of Lonely Planet's Best in Europe. Stavanger is a city big in atmosphere with a small-town feel. Home to almost two dozen museums and, according to some, the highest concentration of wooden architecture in Europe, Stavanger’s appeal is really about atmosphere. It also serves as the gateway to Lysefjord, the southernmost of Norway’s signature fjords and home to one of its most recognizable vantage points, dramatic Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock).