With 284000 inhabitants Bergen is the second largest city in Norway. It is located along the coast of southwestern Norway, 300 km west of Oslo (463km by road, a seven hours drive across the Norwegian mountains). With 195 days with rain per year Bergen is one of the rainiest cities in Europe.
Bergen was originally founded in the 11th century and became the capital of Norway in the 13th century. In the 14th century Bergen became part of the Hanseatic league and many German merchants settled in the city. The main export was dried cod (stockfish) from northern Norway, for which Bergen had a trade monopoly. Over the centuries Bergen was destroyed and rebuilt a number of times, but remained the largest city in Norway until the 1830s.
The main touristic highlight of Bergen is the Bryggen (or Tyskebryggen) area around the harbour in the old town. Here there are a number of Hanseatic heritage wooden commercial buildings. A number of these have been destroyed by fire over the centuries and rebuilt/restored after that. Bryggen in the past was the trading centre of the Hanseatic league in Bergen. It has been a UNESCO world heritage site since 1979.
A short walk along a trail leads up to the Fløyen mountain. There at an altitude of 320m there is a panoramic viewing platform with shops, cafes and restaurants and a nice view over Bergen. The Fløibanen, an electric cable funicular, connects this place with the harbour area in Bergen.
How to get to Bergen
Bergen has an international airport with flights to several European cities and a train station. It can also be reached by car and ferry.
There are hotels and pensions, all bookable via the international booking portals.
01 North restaurant and social club 02 North restaurant and social club 03 Bryggen waterfront 04 Harbour area 05 Hanseatic buildings of Bryggen
06 Hanseatic buildings 07 Hanseatic buildings 08 Hanseatic buildings
09 Hanseatic buildings of Bryggen 10 Harbour area 11 Seafood stalls
12 Hanseatic buildings of Bryggen
13 Hanseatic buildings of Bryggen 14 Hanseatic buildings of Bryggen 15 Hanseatic buildings of Bryggen
16 Hanseatic buildings of Bryggen 17 Hanseatic buildings of Bryggen 18 Old houses in Tyske Brygge 19 Old houses in Tyske Brygge
20 Hanseatic museum 21 Kjøttbasaren restaurant 22 Kjøttbasaren restaurant
23 Hanseatic buildings of Bryggen
24 Hanseatic buildings of Bryggen
25 Hanseatic buildings of Bryggen
26 Hanseatic buildings of Bryggen
01 Torgallmenningen pedestrian area 02 Torgallmenningen pedestrian area 03 Flowers 04 Sailor monument 05 Hotel Bergen Bors
06 Strandgaten street 07 Scruffy Murphys Irish pub 08 Building on Torget 09 Kong Oscar street 10 Floibanen railway station 11 Bunnpris convenience store
12 Korskirken church 13 Kraft art exhibition hall 14 Bergens Privatbank7 15 Bergen Børs hotel 16 Sailor monument
17 Sailor monument 18 Markeveien street 19 Hotel Norge 20 Øvre Ole Bulls square 21 St John church
22 Waterfall 23 Johanneskirken church 24 St John church 25 Johanneskirken church 26 St John church 27 Johanneskirken church
28 Torgallmenningen pedestrian area 29 Byparken and Rikstelegrafen
30 Lille Lungegardsvannet pond 31 Evening sky with clouds
32 Vågsallmenningen square 01 Trail to mountain top 02 Trail to mountain top 03 Trail to mountain top 04 Trail to mountain top
05 Paved mountain top area 06 Floistuen Butikk shop
07 Panorama terrace 08 Panorama terrace
09 Panoramic view over Bergen 10 Panoramic view over Bergen 11 Panorama terrace
12 Panoramic view over Bergen 13 Bergen harbour area 14 Bergenn city park 15 Bergen harbour area
16 Fløibanen funicular railway tracks 17 Fløien Folkerestaurant cafe 18 Fløien Folkerestaurant cafe 19 Fløien Folkerestaurant cafe
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