Surrounded by hills and fjords, Bergen is the second-largest city in Norway. Visit Bergen and you'll be charmed by its majestic scenery, colorful wooden houses and numerous cultural attractions and historic sites. From the city views at the top of Mount Fløyen to the picturesque buildings at Bryggen, Bergen combines stunning natural beauty with a dynamic cultural and historical perspective, making the city a popular travel destination.
For a spectacular view of Bergen, take the Fløibanen funicular to the top of Mount Fløyen. The ride up in the cable car is just as exhilarating as the view! From the top, there are a number of scenic hiking trails that lead into the forest, past several lakes, as well as back down the mountain to the harbor.
The historic wharf at Bryggen is the site of Bergen's original settlements. Walk along the harbor here and you'll find reconstructed old wooden buildings as well as shops and galleries tucked in between. The Bryggen Museum features exhibits that highlight life in Bergen around the 1300s, including medieval pottery, bones, runes and tools. Bryggen has been listed as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site since 1979.
Museums and festivals
As a cultural center in the region, Bergen is home to numerous museums and arts festivals. The Bergen Art Museum houses paintings from international and Norwegian artists such as Munch, Klee, Miró, Picasso and Kandinsky. You can learn about Viking history and Norway's seafaring background at the Maritime Museum or visit the house where composer Edvard Grieg and his wife would spend their summers.
Throughout the year, Bergen hosts a number of arts festivals, including the Bergen International Festival, the largest arts festival in the Nordic countries. For visitors interested in modern music, the annual Bergenfest music festival features local and international bands performing in different venues across the city.
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The Fish Market
Tel.: +47 55 55 20 00
In the center of Bergen, you will find the Fish Market. It's a great place to pick up lunch. Seafood comes in many varieties. Try a baguette with smoked salmon - or why not buy half a kilo of freshly boiled shrimp? You can eat at the market, but I usually take a stroll down to the pier where it's a bit more quiet.
Tel.: + 47 553 35 810
Rent a lodge or do one of many trekking routes. Bergen is a great place for outdoor activities and offers spectacular scenery.
Nordahl Bruns gate 9
Tel.: + 47 55 55 81 14
Somewhat rude staff, but they have nice and reasonably priced soups.