What to see and do in Bergen?
We’ve already gotten to know the northern city “on seven hills”, getting an idea of its history and present. Bergen – the sights of this city, the former capital of Norway, are interesting in any weather, but you should still be prepared to see them in the rain. If it’s sunny for two days in a row while you’re in the “capital of rain”, you’re in luck!
The sights of Bergen, their brief description, lots of photos and interesting videos – that’s what awaits readers in this story today. About the city of Bergen itself, how it is arranged and how to get to it you can read here.
More often than not, their tour begins with a general introduction to the city and the surrounding area. The best panoramic views are from the two hills, the tops of which can be climbed by cable car or cable car. We are talking about mountains Fleuen and Ulriken.
Mount Floyen and the Floibanen Cable Car
The lower station of the funicular is only a few steps away from the fish market, and from Bruggen you can walk here in 10 minutes.
The funicular up the mountain (320 m) takes tourists up in minutes.
If you don’t want to go to the top, you can get off at one of several stops along the way and walk along the shady paths and alleys of the park, which stretches from the foot of the hill.
And here we are at the observation deck. Below lies the city of Bergen, which juts out like a giant tongue into the blue of the fjord.
At the very top (425 m) a restaurant and a cafe with a big terrace are open from 11 to 22 hours, and the gift store is open from 12 to 17 hours.
The cost of a standard lunch in a local cafe – from 375 to 500 NOK, which corresponds to about 40-45 euros, the gastronomic menu for the family is even more expensive – about 80-90 euros. Many tourists buy lunch in town and take it with them – it’s much cheaper.
Nearby there is a playground and outdoor theater, here are organized dances and other entertainment, in which you can take part, not just watch what is happening. A little further away is a small lake with gazebos, a place for those who want to have a little picnic. In the summer, canoes float on the lake.
You can also hike up Fløyen. For many locals this is like a morning workout, and they do it, despite the cold or rain – used to. There’s a webcam at the top station of the cable car. So you can see what awaits you at the top, even before you get there, and dress appropriately for the weather.
Here’s another of the views of Bergen from Fløyen Lookout.
You can stay here for a long, long time…
On the way back, don’t rush to the cable car. Slowly go down the forest paths, breathe in the healing air.
Greet the wooden trolls that you will meet on the playground and in the forest clearing, take a picture with them – they are nice and a bit strange. Norwegians are a bit crazy about trolls, even adults believe in them. Trolls will pursue you not only here, it is one of the sights of Bergen and all of Norway.
- Address: Vetrelidsallmenningen 23A, Bergen 5014, Norway
- Cable car operating hours: 7:30-23:00
- A one-way cable car ticket costs 45 NOK one-way and 95 NOK two-way; for people aged 67+ and children 25/45 respectively, and a round-trip family ticket costs 215 NOK.
- Official website: www.floyen.no
The second mountain, the highest of the hills surrounding Bergen, is different from the first.
Take buses 2,13,12 or the trolleybuses to the lower station from the center of Bergen and take the cable car up to 643 meters in a few minutes.
At the top is an immediate contrast: on one side are real moonscapes: not a single tree, giant rocks scattered by fairy giants from time immemorial, and a few trails snaking past frowning rocks far, far away…
On the other side, below, as from Fløyen, is a green city. But you can see much farther out: large and small islands, cruise ships at the terminals, a myriad of channels and bays. And on the horizon, the Atlantic Ocean glistens in the blinding sun.
If you’re lucky with the weather, it’s a photographer’s paradise – all the sights of Bergen are at your fingertips, and the photos are superb. At the top of the mountain TV tower, installed observation telescope. There is a cafe with a fairly budget menu for Norway.
Back down better, too, by cable car, although for extreme climbers has a choice: on foot along the mountain trails under the cable car, on a mountain bike or by paraglider (with an instructor).
- Heinrich Ibsen was so impressed with the views that opened up to him from the mountain climbing Ulriken (1853), that he even wrote a poem dedicated to the event.
- And the anthem of the city of Bergen is so called: “Views from Ulriken” (“Udsigter fra Ulriken”), but it was written even earlier, in 1790 by a Norwegian bishop.
- Ulrikstunnerlen is the name of the railway tunnel crossing the northern part of the mountain, through which trains from Bergen go to Oslo. This is one of the longest (7670 m) tunnels in Norway.
- Address: Haukelandsbakken 40 / Torgallmenningen 1 (bus to Mount Ulriken), Bergen 5009, Norway, tel. + 47 53 643 643
- Cable car hours: 09:00-21:00 from April 01 to October 13, and 10:00-17:00 from October 14 to March 31
- Uplift ticket to Ulriken round trip: 185 NOK (125 one-way) for children 115 NOK (90 one-way), family ticket (2 adults + 2 children) 490 NOK.
- Official website: https://ulriken643.no/en/
Trained and sporty hikers also hike along the mountain trails from Fløyen to Mount Ulriken, while traversing the highest point of the Widden rocky massif, Mount Sturfjellet. The route takes four to five hours. Naturally, the equipment you need for the crossing should be appropriate.
Hanseatic boardwalk Bryggen
This is probably the main attraction of Bergen (Norway), its calling card.
In the 14th century the Hanseatic merchants settled here. Historians talk about a certain diktat of these “aliens”, their monopoly and infringement of the rights of locals – all this is true. But in the 21st century catch yourself thinking that you’re grateful to those without whom there would be no Bergen’s unique embankment Bruggen, which has made Bergen famous among hundreds of thousands of tourists.
Some people come here every year just to stare at the colorful, colorful houses and stroll through the narrow streets between them. The entire neighborhood is protected by UNESCO as part of the World Cultural Heritage.
Bruggen (Norwegian: bryggen) means pier or wharf. The wooden houses have been subjected to frequent fires throughout their history. After one such fire in 1702, only a quarter of the buildings that can be seen today remain. Burning wooden Bruggen in 1955, and then in this area was arranged by a museum – in the outermost 6 houses.
Now the complex consists of 60 colorful houses, they have souvenir stores, cafes, restaurants, travel agency offices. Some are used by artists as studios.
A simple walk along the Bergen waterfront at a brisk pace takes only 10 minutes. But the curious, even without going to museums, can spend half a day here, just looking at the interesting things in the souvenir shops, leisurely wander the side streets, sitting in a cafe with a cup of tea or coffee and watching passersby, while admiring the wonderful scenery.
What else is there to see in Bergen? Of course, while walking along the waterfront, you can’t ignore the museums located here. In one of them.
Det Hanseatiske Museum og Schoetstutne (The Hanseatic Union Museum and Schoetstutne)
The main part of the Hanseatic Museum on Bruggen Embankment is the main chamber of the German representation. It belonged to the merchant Johan Olsen. All the exhibits here are authentic and have been preserved since the 18th century, some dating back to 1704! They once stood in trading halls, offices, and rooms where merchants received guests.
The servants’ bedrooms are interesting – they are tiny beds-compartments, which were closed at night.
Merchant’s rooms were more comfortable.
In wooden houses it was not allowed to make a fire, food was cooked in special buildings – schøtstuene (guest buildings). In these buildings merchants studied with pupils, held business meetings and in their free time they had a feast.
- Address: Finnegarden 1a | Bryggen, Bergen 5003, Norway, Tel: +47 53 00 61 10
- The attraction is open in September from 9:00 to 17:00, October to December from 11:00 to 15:00.
- Price: 120 NOK, 100 NOK for students, children can visit the museum for free.
- Official website: https://hanseatiskemuseum.museumvest.no
Halibut, cod, pollack, shrimp and crabs, whale meat and liver – all this abundance of animals that live in the northern seas, you’ll find under the awnings of this “semi-open” market in Bergen.
However, the market is more of a tourist market; Bergen’s residents buy their fish elsewhere. The seafood you buy can be cooked for you right there, and you can enjoy the seafood in the fresh air with a glass of fresh beer.
And if you don’t have time to wait, there are lots of salmon and other seafood sandwiches to choose from.
They say a lot of seafood is cheaper elsewhere in Bergen. But the fruits of the northern seas, all in one place, are worth a look, if only out of curiosity.
Address: Bergen Harbour, Bergen 5014, Norway, tel. +47 55 55 20 00.
All of the above attractions can be seen in Bergen in 2 days. And now let’s go a little further and open the gate to the land of fjords. After all, they are believed to be located right here in Bergen.
South of Bergen, the world’s third-longest and Norway’s second-longest Hardangerfjord begins on the North Sea near the island of Stroer.
It cuts into the Scandinavian Peninsula about a hundred and fifty kilometers (according to various sources 113-172 m wide, 7 km) and ends at the plateau of the same name. The greatest depth of the fjord is 831 m.
The Norwegians consider the area along the banks of this fjord an orchard, and tourists, due to its milder climate, prefer to rest in the local villages.
It is a nice place both in spring, when the cherry and apple orchards bloom, and in summer and autumn, when they bear fruit. Local farms grow many strawberries and northern raspberries.
Fishing, excursions to the glacier, waterfalls, boating – there is never a dull moment here. Near the village of Ulke there is even an annual championship for angling.
- Secrets at the bottom of the fiord: On April 20, 1940 the German destroyer “Trygg” found a eternal resting place here
- At the mouth of the fiord (Roosendaal) tourists can see the miniature castle, the smallest in all of Scandinavia (17th century)
- The most beautiful views of the famous Folgefonn Glacier (220 square meters, a height of 1647 m) are obtained from Sør Fjord, one of the smaller fjords, into which the Hardanger Fjord is divided. The glacier has a ski center and snow park.
Prices on the page are for January 2020.
What else to see in Bergen
If you have more than 2 days to visit Bergen, you have plenty of time to see other sights in and around the city. Popular attractions include.
- Eduard Grieg Museum in Troldgauden.
- Bergen Art Museum KODE
- Bergenhus Fortress
- Wooden church in Fantoft, a suburb of Bergen (Fantoft Stavkirke)
Our short walk is over and we are leaving Bergen, but the sights in this city are not over, there are still quite a lot of interesting and exciting. But leave something for next time. In the meantime, hit the road for more impressions!
All attractions described in the article are marked on the map (in Russian).
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The Sailors Monument is a decoration of one of the main squares of the Norwegian city of Bergen. Norway’s second largest city, Bergen has long been considered a shipping center. Its opening took place in 1950, its author – the famous Norwegian artist and sculptor Dire Vaa, who created almost 300 sculptures, busts and monuments.
From a distance, the monument appears to be just a stone cube, but on closer inspection, the images of sailors become visible. The immortalized sailors belong to different eras, they are completely unlike each other images, united by the struggle with the sea elements. The picture is complemented by bas-reliefs, which show different stories about the history of seafaring in Norway since the Viking Age. The monument is surrounded by twelve statues, its height reaches seven meters.
The monument is made of bronze and stands on a large granite pedestal.
Coordinates : 60.39110000,5.32470000
Monument to the Man
I’ll tell you honestly, I thought that this monument to a beggar, a drunkard, a homeless man, a beggar…
But in fact this sculpture at the entrance to the Central Bank is a monument to Man.
It symbolizes that everyone is welcome in Bergen, whether they are poor or fabulously rich.
The plaque reads, “No one is only what you see. Church Mission of the City of Bergen.”
Too bad the plaque is only in Norwegian – a very instructive monument.
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Church of Our Lady
Church of Our Lady was built in the 12th century. Originally in Romanesque style and later rebuilt in Gothic style. In this church you can see the baroque altar of the XV century. It is considered one of the best in Norway.
And one of the finest examples of Romanesque art in the church is the richly carved southern portal, the best Romanesque portal in Norway.
After the settlement of the Hanseatic Germans in Bruggen, it turned out that the church adjoined closely to the German quarter. So in 1408, it passed to the German population of the city and became known as the German Church. The hanging pulpit, made of carved wood and donated by merchants from Bruggen in 1676, is a fine example of the Baroque period.
Coordinates : 60.39897700,5.32328400
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Bergenhus Fortress is a medieval structure, partially restored already in our time.
Little remains of the fortress, which was built in the Middle Ages as a fortification. It was severely damaged in 1944 when a warship exploded here. To date, only part of the buildings has been restored – the Rosencrantz Tower and the palace of King Haakon.
In 2006, a museum was opened in the fortress, which regularly hosts various exhibitions, mainly on historical subjects.
Vågen Harbor is the shoreline of the bay on which Bergen stands. It is also known for its exceptionally picturesque Hanseatic promenade.
The city itself kind of stretches along the whole of Vågen Harbor. With its rugged banks and the fjord’s tongue extending into the distance, it looks very beautiful from above. And on its shores stretches a lot of attractions. Including the world famous Hanseatic harbor.
The city of Bergen is located along the harbor Vågen. Points of interest: Hanseatic harbor
Fisketorget fish market
The Fisketorget Fish Market is a lively center of the city, an ancient market where you can find fish to suit all tastes and wallets.
The fish market is a colorful place. These days, tourists specially come here to soak up the smell and atmosphere – the same as centuries ago – of the real Bergen. Piles of freshly caught fish of all varieties, crabs, shrimp, lobster – it looks not only picturesque but also very appetizing. Here, right on the market you can eat something light, but definitely freshly cooked.
Monument to King Haakon VII
Monument to King Haakon VII is dedicated to one of the most famous and revered Norwegians.
King Haakon VII was in power for 52 years. And during that time he proved himself as a wise, just and reliable ruler. A monument dedicated to him depicts the king in his military uniform as a reminder of the fact that Haakon VII and his country refused to submit to the Nazis during World War II.
It is a modest monument, but the sculpture manages to convey both the calm determination of the king and his human charm.
Coordinates : 60.40054300,5.31673700
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Fløyen Hill is one of the hills on which Bergen stands. It is famous for the great views that can be seen from here.
The height of Fløyen is 425 meters, the observation deck is about 100 meters lower. You can get up here by cable car, which takes about 6 minutes to get there. Another option is to walk through the streets of the city. It is longer and more difficult, but the views will change more often and the walk will be more diverse.
Built observation deck allows you to enjoy a truly magnificent view of the city, the bay and the surrounding mountains. There is also a small café where you can digest your impressions.
Coordinates : 60.39836000,5.34552800
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