10 Incredible Places to see in Bergen

Bergen, how do you manage to set the record for highest rainfall while maintaining your small town charm? I guess the two are not mutually exclusive.

In this post, the travel bugs will highlight our favorite attractions that will help you create fun memories.

10 Incredible Places to see in Bergen

1. Bryggen

Bryggen is the old wharf of Bergen. As one of the first 2 Norwegian landmark listed on the World Heritage sites, it signifies the city’s importance as a major Hanseatic trading site. Over the years, many fires ravaged through Bergen. The iconic wooden houses of Bryggen featured below were rebuilt after the Great Fire in 1702.
Bryggen at night.

2. Mount Fløyen

Located in the city center, you can walk from the Bryggen to Mount Fløyen. The funicular will take you to the Fløyfjellet (mountain top) and back in 5 to 8 minutes. There, you’ll have a view that over look the Bergen peninsula.

A family friendly spot in the Fløyfjellet where children can play and hunt for trolls.

Here is a time-lapse video of the Fløyen funicular.

3. Museums in Bergen

You will find most of the museums of Bergen in the Bryggen, including the Fisheries Museum, the Bryggen Museum and the Hanseatic Museum.

4. Bergen Magic Ice Bar

Since the National Museum was closed when we arrived Oslo, we were quite disappointed that we were not able to see Munch’s painting: “The Scream.” Imagine our excitement when we found the ice sculpture replica at the Ice Bar.

Which one of us has the best imitation of “The Scream”? Honesty is welcomed! 😛

5. Alternative Norway in a Nutshell Tour from Bergen

We were desperate to experience the Norway in a Nutshell tour, but couldn’t justify spending ~200 USD train ride per person. After a little research, we figured out an alternative nutshell tour which took us to Flåm with the exact same train ride as the original nutshell tour with just about 1/3 of the cost.

Here is the sneak peak of the famous Flåm Railway that is featured in the nutshell tour and one of the magnificent Fjord at Flåm.

A magnificent sight from the Stegastein viewing platform.

 

6. Fisketorget

The Fish Market is located between the fjords and the mountains at the heart of the city. The travel bugs highly recommend the salmon, snow crab, and fish soup. Tips: if you are staying at an AirBnB, it will costs much less to purchase take out instead of dining at the restaurants in the Fish Market.

7. St. Mary’s Church

Build in the 1100’s, St. Mary’s Church is the oldest building in Bergen. Since it was recently restored, it is absolutely stunning and worth visiting. Another church that we recommended visiting in Bergen is the Fantoft Stave Church that has a unique design and architecture.

8. Bergenhus Fortress and Rosenkrantz

The Bergenhus Fortress is one of the oldest castle in the Norwegian area. The interesting structure on the left of the photo is the Haakon’s Hall, a Gothic style stone hall that served as a royal palace in the medieval era.

 

9. Gingerbread Town

Schools, corporate companies and families contribute to the Gingerbread Town every year by creating miniature versions of Bergen and other European landmarks. Everything in this town is made with gingerbread cookies and candies! In this family friendly town, you will see children sliding down huge slides. Not a fan of giant slides? You can also enjoy gingerbread cookies while sipping unique beverages such as the famous Christmas Soda! The entrance cost is 90 NOK, and the proceed contributes to various children-related charities.

10. Downtown Bergen

Many of the attractions described above are located within the Downtown Bergen vicinity. With so many beautiful landmarks gathered within such small area, it is no surprised that Bergen is often coined as the most beautiful city in Norway.

We hope you enjoyed this travel guide. If you have been to Bergen, we would love to hear your stories in the comments below!

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    • The Wanderlost Campaigner
    • January 23, 2018
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    I immediately wanted to jump into my computer to get myself to Gingerbread Town. So. ADORABLE…. My heart is happy!

      • Jenny Morgan
      • January 23, 2018
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      We went initially because we thought the children would love it, but we (the adults) ended up enjoying it tremendously! The Christmas soda was interesting (a little sweet for my taste but yummy), and I love their hot cocoa and gingerbread. It was amazing to see the creativity of the locals. 🙂

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