Posted by: RasmaSandra | February 19, 2021

Beautiful Bergen

Bergen is the second largest city in Norway and the largest port on the west coat.It is also one of the busiest cruise ship stopovers in Scandinavia. The city also hosts many festivals in the summer like the Bergen International Festival, the Nattjazz Festival, and Bergenfest.

Bryggen Hanseatic Wharf is a popular tourist attraction. Here you can find many restaurants, studios, workshops and boutiques. You can explore the charming narrow alleyways and admire the old wooden merchant houses. The wharf is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

You can get guided English-language walking tours of Bryggen from June through September. Visit the Bryggen Museum with displays and artifacts dating back to the 14th century. The museum highlights commerce, handicrafts, and daily life in the Middle Ages.

Next to the museum is St. Mary’s Church which is the oldest building in Bergen dating from the 12th century.

Another museum in Bryggen is Theta Museum which shows the Resistance Movement during the Occupation of Norway during WW II.

Visitors enjoy seeing Gamlehaugen, the Royal Residence of the Norwegian Royal Family in Bergen. For excellent views of the city you can climb onto the roof. There are tours given of the building as well as of the dungeon. You can also explore the beautiful grounds which have been designed in the style of a classic English Garden. and banqueting hall, Hakon’s Hall.

Here you’ll also see the Rosenkrantz Tower which dates back to the 1270s.

Not far from the city center you can take the Floibanen Funicular to the summit of Floien Mountain rising 320 meters above sea level. Here you can get spectacular vies of Bergen, the surrounding mountains, the fjords, and the sea. Mount Floyen rises to the northeast and is also known as Floyfjell a 319 meter peak offering great views of the city.

Troldhaugen was the home of the most famous composer in Norway, Edvard Grieg. He lived here for 22 years and composed many of this best-known compositions in the little garden hut that sits on the shores of Lake Nordas. You can also see the cliff hewn tomb where Grieg and his wife Nina are buried.

The Edvard Grieg Museum displays mementos of his life and is housed in the villa where he and his wife lived. The interior of the home is in the style of 1907. Troldsalen is a concert hall that can seat 200 people and was opened in 1985 to perform chamber music. The museum building has a multimedia room and cafeteria.

Hanseatic Museum and Schøtstuene is the best preserved of the 18th century homes in Bryggen. This former counting house gives visitors a great insight into the lives of the German merchants from the Hanseatic League. Dating from 1704 the building has the original interior and displays weapons, furnishing, and equipment. Part of the museum are the assembly rooms and kitchen of Schotstuene sit which contain additional exhibits about the merchants’ community.

KODE Museums have four locations in central Bergen along Lake Lungegard.

KODE 1 Permanenten is the West Norway Museum of Decorative Arts and has several of the museum’s permanent collections among them the Silver Treasure featuring works in silver and gold that were created locally. It is also home to the Singer Collection including works by the Old Masters and antiques from Europe and Asia.

KODE 2 has changing exhibits and installations as well as a comprehensive art book store.

KODE 3 has a large collection of artwork by Edvard Munch. English language guided tours are available daily from June through August.

KODE 4 offers collections of Modernist art as well as the Kunstlab, an interactive museum for children.

The KODE management sees over the city’s three hisitoric composers’ homes among them the Edvard Grieg Museum, the Harald Saeverud Museum and the Ole Bull Museum.

Mount Ulriken is Bergen’s tallest mountain and you can take a hike up to the top. There are many trails with starting points at either the Ulriken Cable Car Station or the Montana Hostel. The hike is relatively steep and takes between one and a half to two hours, At the top the views are spectacular and you can relax at the restaurant on the summit.

For those who prefer to ride to the top there is the Ulriken Cable Car and some visitors like to ride up and climb down. At the top are also exciting zipline adventures.

Old Bergen Museum is an open-air museum that takes visitors back to the 19th century. There are many interesting buildings and people in costumes offering information about the history of the city. The museum opened in 1946 and hosts special events all through the year reflecting celebrations from the time period as well as performances put on in the town square several times a day.

University Museum of Bergen is well-known for its world-renowned museum collections. Highlights include the National History Collection, the Cultural History Collection and the Seafaring Museum.
After your museum visit take a walk to the nearby Nygardspark and take a look at the lovely flora and the famous Unicorn Fountain by Gustv Vigeland. Afterward you can visit the Norwegian Arboretum with an excellent collection of over 5,000 plants from all around the world.

In the city center you’ll find the Bergen Aquarium with a large variety of fish including Antarctic penguins, a shark tunnel and tropical fish, In the Tropical section you can see big crocodiles, snakes, and sea lions, This is one of the largest family attractions in Norway. Visitors can enjoy shows and animal feedings, There is also a cinema featuring 3D movies about orcas, taken along the coastline of western Norway.

The Bergen Science Center VILVITE is the newest attraction. It is a natural science and technology visitor center where visitors and interact with 100 different kinds of techonology and experiments. This is the place where you can experiment with hydro power, forecast the weather onscreen and stand inside a bubble.

Bergen Cathedral dates back to 1181 when it was a monastic church, The cathedral has been rebuilt many times after fires. The Roccoco interioe was added during renovations in the 1880s by architect Christian Christie. It is open to tourists from the beginning of June through the end of August. English language guided tours are available. Off season the cathedral is open for a limited time.

Market Square is located at the southeast end of the city by the lovely harbor. The square is active with busy quays where local fishermen land their catches every morning and you can check out the 700 year old Fish Market. Here you’ll also find the city’s best restaurants with the freshest catch of the day.

Lisøen Island is in the suburb of Fana. Here you’ll find the romantic 1873 Villa Lysoen the home of the famous Norwegian violin player and composer, Ole Bull.

It has been open to the public since 1973 with many beautiful paths to stroll and lovely ponds, You can have a picnic in a gazebo. Lysoen Museum offers guided tours of the home and grounds.

Also on the island you can see the ruins of Lyse Abbey which is also referred to as the Monastery of Lyse. It was founded in 1146 by monks from York, England and was the first Cistercian house in Norway.

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