After seeing the wooden houses on Bryggen, you can continue to the Hanseatic museum and then walk in the area of the Bergenhus fortress. You can as well go inside the two main buildings in the fortress from the 13th century. The open fish market offers daily fresh sea-products and just across the street you can take the funicular up to the mountain Fløyen (320 meters) and watch the city at your feet. Near the fish market, you can take a boat to Aquarium, which has one of Europe's largest collections of fish and invertebrates from the North Sea.
Outside the city center lies the Fantoft stave church, the residence of the king Gamle Haugen, the house of the componistEdvard Grieg and the open-air museum Gamle Bergen. A bit further, on an island of light (in Norwegian Lysøyen) lies the charming villa of the violinist Ole Bull.
The list includes only the major attractions and it is up to your taste and interests to choose where to go and what to see.
Easy to get here
Bergen is easy to get to, from other places in Norway and from abroad. Thanks to direct air routes from Copenhagen, Stockholm, Helsinki, Amsterdam and London, you only need to change flight once to reach Bergen from far-away destinations. You can also take the direct sea route from Hanstholm in Denmark and Newcastle-upon-Tyne in England, as well as from the Faeroe Islands, Iceland and Shetland. Taking the ferry directly to Bergen is also the best way how to get there by car. However, the network of roads is well developed and maintained, thus you can drive from Oslo to Bergen all year round. If traveling by car, it is important to have time enough as there are not many roads where one could drive fast.
Any time of the year
Come to Bergen in the spring, when the rhododendron and laburnum are in full flower. When red roofs gleam in the sunlight or old cobblestones glisten in the rain. Enjoy the fresh green colour of grass and feel the energy bursting from the nature. Come to Bergen in the summer when the air warms up, when the fjords are full of small boats, and the city is alive with visitors. This is the best time for fishing! Come to Bergen in the autumn, or even winter. Have a walk on a sunny day and hide in a museum or warm up in a sauna when it is raining. Come to Bergen at any time – there is always something to excite you, always something happening.
We also recommend visiting other major cities of Norway, which are interesting and remarkable as well:
The capital of Norway is situated deep within the Oslofjord with 590 000 inhabitants.
Oslo is called the city of museums. The main attractions are the Royal Palace, the Storting (Parliament), City Hall, the Vigeland Sculpture Park, National Museum, the Viking Ship Museum and Kon-Tiki Museum.
This medieval city was once the first capital of Norway. Population: 173 000 people.
The main attractions: the Cathedral of Nidaros, the island Munkholmen, Stiftsgården Royal Residence, Tyholt tower with a revolving restaurant at an altitude of 75 meters.
Outside the city, there are many great places for freshwater fishing.
The oil capital of Norway with 126 000 inhabitants.
Stavanger is situated at the mouth of a large system of fjords, one of which is Lysefjord with the majestic Prekestolen (Pulpit Rock) overlooking the fjord and the Kjerag plateau.
The main attractions are the Norwegian Petroleum Museum, Stavanger Cathedral and the Archaeological Museum.
"Paris of the North" - the largest city of Norway beyond the Arctic Circle, 68 000 inhabitants.
The main attractions are the Arctic Cathedral, the Polar Museum and the cable car to Mount Storsteinen. In winter you can watch the Northern Lights, or ride in a reindeer or a dog sled.
Art nouveau city – one of the most beautiful in Norway. Population: 45 000 people. Ålesundis known for its architecture and the Atlantic Park Aquarium.
Ålesund is the perfect starting place for the trip to Geirangerfjord and Trollstigen serpentine.