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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 medieval Norwegian port city that retains many of the features of its heyday as 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 it's 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 which 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.


Bryggen

Bryggen (also called Tyskebryggen), the site of the old medieval quarter of Bergen, is a charming, compact area of brightly…

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Bryggens Museum

This fantastic archaeological museum was built around the remains of the oldest buildings discovered in Bergen, dating…

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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…

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Lillehammer

Lillehammer is best known for hosting the 1994 Winter Olympics, and the area does offer excellent opportunities for winter…

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Sognefjord

Sognefjord is the largest fjord in Norway and the third longest in the world, stretching 127 miles (205km) from the coast…

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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 beginning of the 12th century.…

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