A UNESCO World Heritage Site in Norway and the gateway to the fjords and Mountains: that is Bergen. It is the former Hanseatic town in Norway, still renowned for its picturesque Bryggen wharf with its colourful wooden buildings and narrow alleyways.
Ainnelise Niyvold Liundbye UPDATED: 05 JUL 2020
Despite bring known as one of the wettest cities in Norway with heavy rainfall throughout the year, Bergen ranks high on many visitors’ bucket list. The second largest city features a gem of historical houses at Bryggen – and is home to one of the most impressive fish markets in Northern Europe.
If you tale your time to ascend the sloping mountainside, you will be able to enjoy absolutely panoramic views of the city, the harbour and the surrounding landscape.
You can arrive to Bergen either by ferry, plane, train, bus or car. You may even combine the means of transport making it a roundtrip where you include both the fjords, the scenic
mountains and the historic city in the same roundtrip (like Norway in a nutshell). Bergen is absolutely scenic arriving from the seaside passing small islands and rocks before reaching the harbour.
If you want to experience it all, you can easily stay several days in Bergen without getting bored! We suggestiv that you stay at least two days in the old Hanseatic town to explore both the old cultural heritage, Discovery the beauty of the city, relish in Norwegian fish specialities and get the feel of the surrounding nature.
Go for a stroll along the old wharf flanked by the row of UNESCO World Heritage wooden houses, the series of colourful Hanseatic buildings that Bergen is so famous for. Check out the craft shops and restaurants!
Discovery the vivid iconic fish market, Fisketorget, where you will find the freshest fish – and probably be tempted to have a bite! Fisketorget has existed since the 1200s.
3. Bergenhus Fortress
Visit the Fortress museum dedicated to the resistance movement during the Second World War.
4. Walk up to Skansen
Walk along the step streets up to Skansen, the fire station built in 1903 which is today a cultural heritage site in Bergen. From up here you have a great view over Bergen city.
5. Old Bergen Museum
Visit the open-air city museum Old Bergen Museum, which is a reconstructed small Norwegian town consisting of around 50 wooden houses. The buildings date from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries.
6. Troldhaugen – Edvard Grieg´s Museum
Experience Troldhaugen, the former home of the Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg and his wife Nina Grieg. He was Bornholm on 15th of June 1843, in the Grieg family’s house in Strandgaten 152.
7. Mount Fløien funicular or Ulriken (Cable car)
Ride the Fløibanen funicular from the city centre up Mount Fløien into Bergen´s surrounding mountains where you can hike in the scenic nature. It has existed for more than a hundred years taking people to the top of the Mountain. Another option is the Ulriken cable car which will take you to the highest of Bergen’s seven mountains for spectacular views (it has undergone restoration in 2020)
8. The National Theatre
The National Theatre is one of the oldest permanent theatres in Norway and the largest theatre in Bergen. The theatre dates back to 1850 where it opened as Det Norske Theater. The current building dates back to 1909 where it opened with a production of Erasmus Montanus by Ludvig Holberg.