Bryggen Wharf, © Can Stock / AlenMax
Visit Bergen – Bryggen
Bryggen is the Bergen wharf on the harbor when you visit Bergen. Bryggen is a UNESCO World Heritage site that is famous for its row of historic wooden buildings along the wharf. The 18th century Hanseatisk Museum building on the Bryggen wharf is typical of the historic buildings. The Bryggens Museum is a block from the wharf. St Mary’s Church is a 12th century Romanesque style church near the waterfront. At the inner end of the harbor are the Fish Market and the flower & vegetable market. The Ludvig Holberg statue faces the harbor. In summer, take a harbor cruise on the M/S White Lady sailing ship, which departs from the Fish Market.
Walk a couple blocks inland from the harbor and catch the Fløibanen Funicular for an 8 minute funicular ride up Mount Fløien. Enjoy views over the city of Bergen and dine at the Fløien Folkerestaurant.
Bergen Harbor, © Can Stock / lunfengzhe
Visit Bergen – Bergenhus Fortress
Bergenhus Fortress was built in the 13th century to guard the entrance to the harbor and Bryggen wharf. The fortress is right beside the cruise ship terminal. Bergenhus Fortres includes the Rosenkrantz Tower and the royal residence of Hakon’s Hall.
Hakon’s Hall, © Can Stock / Svein
The pedestrian only area at Torgallmenningen Square starts right at the inner harbor and continues south through the Old Town. Other sights to see in the Old Town include the Bergen Cathedral, the Bergen Kunst Hall of contemporary art and St John’s Church. The Bergen Aquarium is at the tip of the southern peninsula that marks the harbor entrance.
Bergen Harbor, © Can Stock / joyfull
Norway in a Nutshell
Norway in a Nutshell is a popular day trip from Bergen. You start in Bergen on the Bergen Line Railway and ride to Myrdal. From Myrdal you ride the Flam Railway down to the town of Flam on the Aurlandsfjord, which is a bay on the larger Sognefjord.
The Flam Railway stops on the way down to let passengers out for a few minutes at the Kjosfossen Waterfall. In Flåm, the next part of Norway in a Nutshell involves a fjord cruise through Aurlandsfjord and Nærøyfjord to the small town of Gudvangen.
After the fjord cruise, you take a bus up out of the fjord to the town of Voss. At Voss you finish off your Norway in a Nutshell tour by taking the Bergen Line Railway back to Bergen. For those who prefer a longer fjord cruise, take a 5.5 hour one way Sognefjord cruise directly between Bergen and Flåm.
Edvard Grieg Museum, Wikimedia / Svein-Magne Tunli
Visit Bergen – Hotels
- Apartment with Beautiful View to Bryggen
- 2 Døtre Apartment
- Clarion Hotel Admiral