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What to see in Bergen

Bergen Attractions

'Norway in a nutshell', the slogan adopted by one of the fjord tour operators, sums up exactly what one can expect from a holiday in Bergen, the quaint Norwegian port city that, in its medieval heyday, was a major player as a Hanseatic League trading centre.

The old quarter of Bryggen, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a treasure trove of history and the must-see part of the city. A stroll from one end of Bryggen to the other takes under half an hour, but there are some great museums along this stretch, including the Bryggens Museum and the Hanseatic Museum, both of which provide insight into the lives and living conditions of the merchants who established the neighbourhood in medieval times.

Other worthwhile attractions in the city include its oldest surviving building, St Mary's Church, and the Troldhaugen Edvard Grieg Museum, for lovers of classical music. All travellers should take advantage of the cable cars that ascend Mount Ulriken and Mount Floyen, to admire views of the city, which has a beautiful setting. Apart from its historic significance, many travel to Bergen for its many music festivals, so it is worth checking what's on during your travels.

Bergen is known as the gateway to the fjords and most visitors use the city as a starting point for adventures further afield. The region is transformed between summer and winter and the season for travel should be carefully calculated according to desired activities.


The site of the old medieval quarter of the city of Bergen, Bryggen is a charming, compact area of brightly coloured wooden homes that traditionally housed the city's merchants. Also called…

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Bryggens Museum

This fantastic archaeological museum was built around the remains of the oldest buildings discovered in Bergen, dating from the 12th century, and the ruins have been incorporated into the…

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Hanseatic Museum

The Hanseatic Museum is housed in one of the oldest and best-preserved wooden buildings in Bryggen, the former home of a wealthy merchant. Furnished in the 18th century style, it provides a glimpse…

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Lillehammer is best known for hosting the 1994 Winter Olympics and the area does offer excellent opportunities for winter sports such as skiing and snowboarding. In fact, Lillehammer is considered…

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Sognefjord is the largest fjord in Norway and the second longest in the world, stretching 127 miles (205km) from the coast to the village of Skjolden. Sheer cliffs rise to heights of 3,300 feet (1,000m)…

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St Mary's Church (Mariakirken)

Bergen's oldest surviving building, the beautiful stone Church of St Mary's, dates from the 12th century. The interior is decorated with old frescoes and a splendid Baroque pulpit donated by the Hanseatic…

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