Saturday, 12 September 2015

Bergen Travel Guide

Bergen is a world-famous town with rich history and peculiar charm. A simple walk along its ancient streets is an unforgettable experience. Here people lived and worked for centuries. Here small houses cuddle up to each other, cobbled streets go sharply up, and every alley is covered with flowers. 

Bergen, Norway

ATTRACTIONS OF BERGEN 

Bryggen, included into UNESCO’s World Heritage List, is one of the most famous medieval settlements in Norway. The Hanseatic merchants dominated Bryggen for four centuries. Visit the Hanseatic Museum and Schøtstuene, the assembly rooms, and get acquainted with life of a Hanseatic merchant. 

Bergen has several valuable art collections, housed in a string of galleries facing the Lake Lille Lungegårdsvann. The galleries display international paintings and art objects ranging from the classical to the contemporary. In this gallery street, you will find Bergen Art Museum, which displays a unique collection of Edvard Munch’s paintings. Do not forget to sneak a peek at Bergen Contemporary Art Centre and West Norway Museum of Decorative Art. 

The Bergen Art Museum

Visit Troldhaugen, the former home of Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg and his wife Nina Grieg. Troldhaugen consists of the Edvard Grieg Museum, Grieg’s villa, the hut where he composed music, and his and his wife's gravesite. 

Old Bergen Museum is an open air museum with more than 40 wooden houses representing Bergen architecture of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

Old Bergen Museum

Bergen has two delightful eighteenth century manors now turned into museums: Damsgård Manor, a unique example of wooden rococo architecture, and Alvøen Country Mansion – the center of the old industrial village of Alvøen. 

Bergen hosts plenty of buildings and places of historical and cultural significance: the Royal Residence, Fantoft Stave Church, the Theta Museum of the Resistance Movement during the Occupation of Norway during World War II. 

Fantoft Stave Church, Bergen, Norway

In Bergen, you can also go to the Aquarium and observe seals and penguins, and get a close view of all the creatures that live below the surface of the sea. In the tropical section, you can meet crocodiles, snakes and tortoises. 

Do not forget to ride the Fløibanen Funicular, and buy freshly caught fish at the Fish Market! 

THE BERGEN CARD 

In order to see more and pay less in Bergen you may buy the Bergen Card. It offers you free bus travel within the city, free admittance to most museums and sights as well as discounts on a variety of cultural attractions and tours. You will get discounts on parking as well. 

SPORT AND LEISURE 

Wild untouched nature is in a stone’s throw: seven minutes by the Fløibanen Funicular, and you are in the mountains. 

In Bergen, The 7-mountains walk has become a popular attraction. It allows you to experience the mountains around Bergen, admiring beautiful panorama of the city. The route takes all day long, covers approximately 35 km and goes up to 2400 meters. 

Fløibanen Funicular, Bergen

The 4-mountains walk is a shorter version of the previous route. 

If fishing is your true passion, you have an opportunity to try your luck in the open sea or in calmer waters of a nearby skerry. Surely, you will not go without a catch! 

Fishing, Norway

Voss, 115 km from Bergen, offers a vast menu of sport entertainments, like rafting, kayaking, even abseiling. The season starts in the end of April and finishes in the end of October. It is also a beloved winter sports' arena. Voss Resort has 10 lifts to take you up to the slopes, 40 km of pistes, and a snowboard park. 


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