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Bergen Norway

Bergen is the second largest city in Norway and the most popular gateway to the fjords of West Norway. The city is renowned for its beautiful nature and offers excellent hiking opportunities in its immediate surroundings. Having fostered many of Norway’s greatest bands and artists, the city is also famous for its cultural life and underground/indie music scene.

The city centre and northern neighbourhoods are located on Byfjorden and the city is built around the Seven Mountains. Many of the extra-municipal suburbs are located on islands. Bergen is the administrative center of Hordaland and consists of eight boroughs—Arna, Årstad, Åsane, Bergenhus, Fana, Fyllingsdalen, Laksevåg and Ytrebygda.

Trading in Bergen may have started as early as the 1020’s, but the city was not incorporated until 1070. It served as Norway’s capital from 1217 to 1299. The remains of the quays, Bryggen, is a World Heritage Site. The city was hit by numerous fires. The Norwegian School of Economics was founded in 1936 and the University of Bergen in 1946.

The city is an international centre for aquaculture, shipping, offshore petroleum industry and subsea technology, and a national centre for higher education, tourism and finance. The city’s main football team is SK Brann and the city holds the unique tradition in buekorps. Natives speak the distinct Bergensk dialect. The city features Bergen Airport, Flesland, the Bergen Light Rail and is the terminus of the Bergen Line; Bergen Port is Norway’s busiest. Four large bridges connect Bergen to its suburban municipalities.

What to See and Do Whilst in Bergen

Bryggen in Bergen – Building tradition dating back almost 900 years.

Old Bergen Museum (Gamle Bergen Museum)  is an open air museum with more than 40 wooden houses.

The old Fantoft stave church was originally built in Fortun in Sogn in 1150 and moved to Fantoft in 1883, burnt down on the 6th of June 1992. The Fantoft Stave Church has now been rebuilt just as is was before the fire.

Take a cable car ride to the top of Mount Ulriken – Highest Mountain in Bergen.

The Hanseatic Museum Bergen is situated in one of the old trade houses at Bryggen in Bergen. The museum has old interiors from the 18th and 19th centuries.

The Bergen Fish Market with it’s abundance of fish and other seafood.

Gamlehaugen the official royal residence when the Norwegian King visits Bergen.

Damsgaard Manor was erected in the 1770´s, Damsgaard Manor was the most splendid manor in the city at the time.

The Bergen Cathedral where people have worshipped for almost 900 years.

Bergenhus Fortress is located in the very center of Bergen. Bergenhus Fortress is one of the oldest and best preserved fortresses in Norway.

Troldhaugen – the home of Nina and Edvard Grieg is one of the great tourist attractions in Norway.

St Mary’s Church is the only remaining of twelve churches and three monasteries built in Bergen between its foundation during the reign of Olav Kyrre (1066–93, traditionally 1070) and the end of the twelfth century. Excavations have revealed the remains of an earlier stone church on the site, probably never completed. Commissioned jointly by the king and the citizens and merchants of Bergen, the construction of the church began in the 1130s or 40s.

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Bryggen. Bryggen (Norwegian for the Wharf), also known as Tyskebryggen (the German Wharf) is a series of Hanseatic commercial buildings lining the eastern side of the fjord coming into Bergen, Norway. Bryggen has since 1979 been on the UNESCO list for World Cultural Heritage sites. The name has the same origin as the Flemish city of Brugge

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Fløibanen. Fløibanen is a funicular in Bergen, Norway which runs up the mountain of Fløyen. It is one of Bergen’s major tourist attractions and one of Norway’s most visited attractions. Over 1 million passengers a year have used it over the past few years. Fløibanen was officially opened on 15 January 1918. The idea to build transport to Fløyen was put forward in 1895 by John Lund

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Ulriksbanen. Ulriksbanen is a passenger aerial tramway in Bergen, Norway. It connects the mountain Ulriken to the city, and is frequently used by tourists as well as locals. The tramway was first thought of by Frithjof Meidell Andersen in 1954, and a company was established in 1959

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Hanseatic Museum and Schøtstuene (Det Hanseatiske Museum og Schøtstuene) is a museum in the city of Bergen, Norway.The main part of the museum is located in Finnegården, one of the conserved wooden buildings on Bryggen in Bergen, Norway. The museum covers the Hanseatic period of time in Bergen

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Two Days in Bergen

Day 1

Take a visit to the famous wooden houses in the harbour where the Hanseatic traders worked and lived for 400 years.

Next to Bryggen there is “Fisketorget” – the Fish Market with a great variety of fresh fish and shellfish. Enjoy lunch in one of the many fish restaurants here.

Spend the afternoon in one of Bergen’s Museums or attend a concert or during the summer season you can visit Edvard Grieg’s home “Troldhaugen”. Book a lunchtime concert Here

Cross the city centre from Bryggen to Lille Lungegårdsvannet and take the funicular ride up to the top of Mount Fløyen for fantastic views.

End your eventful day with a delicious seafood meal. Try the modern, Scandinavian kitchen of Lysverket which offers a fresh take on the local foods or enjoy an unforgettable meal at the water’s edge at the Cornelius restaurant.

Day 2

Your second day in Bergen takes you out of the the city centre for a taste of the diverse, Norwegian wilderness. Norway in a nutshell is a classic round-trip that takes you high up the mountainsides and down to the fjords.

The trip is organised so that each stretch, by bus, train and boat, offers fantastic nature views. A fjord with a surface as still as glass, plunging mountainsides, sharp hairpin bends that wind up the valleys – your camera will work overtime!

This trip is available all year – book Norway in a nutshell here!