Bethlehem

Overview

Introduction

Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, 52 mi/83 km north of Philadelphia, is the heart of the steel industry that came to prominence in the 1800s. The city has several sights that revolve around its earlier history.

The Moravian Museum of Bethlehem charts the development of the settlement after Moravian settlers arrived in the 1740s. The Colonial Industrial Quarter is a restored area from the 1700s that illustrates the Moravian economy and early colonial trades. The Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts is home to 250 years' worth of silver, glass, furniture, art and toys.

Should you find yourself in Bethlehem during the first or second week of August, your ears are in for a treat: Musikfest, a summer music festival that is one of the largest in the world, highlights more than 300 artists and groups who perform everything from Bach to James Brown on 15 stages.

Christmas offers a special treat in this city dubbed, "Christmas City." For complete information on all the special holiday events, check out http://www.christmascity.org.


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