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Bergen

What to see & discover

In Bergen, we went on a small tour. But this time on a smaller scale. Although it is the second largest city in Norway, Bergen's city center is very small compared to large German cities. You can get from A to B quickly and can take a break from time to time.


Bryggen

The old harbor district of Bryggen is a UNESCO World Heritage Site for good reason. The city's oldest quarter has a picturesque charm all of its own. As the former headquarters of the German Hanseatic League, the district is steeped in history. So it's worth stopping by and discovering Bryggen with its narrow alleyways and narrow passages. There are also a few museums, small shops and restaurants here. Or you can enjoy the sunset from the small harbor with a view of Bryggen.


Fløyen with the Fløibahn

Bergen has its name for a reason. Because the city is surrounded by seven mountains. One of them is Fløyen. You can either hike up it or take one of Norway's most famous sights: the Fløibahn. Once at the top, a panoramic view of Bergen and its surroundings awaits you! There are also numerous hiking opportunities and a restaurant.

The train departs directly from the city center just a few meters from the fish market. It runs all year round from early in the morning until 11 pm and is also easily accessible for baby carriages and wheelchairs. You can buy tickets at the tourist information office in Bergen.


Torget fish market

Due to its proximity to the sea, Bergen is a great starting point for fishermen. If you want to try the freshly caught fish, then the fish market is the place to go. The market is located in the middle of the city and is one of the most famous outdoor markets! So stop by for a small (but unfortunately expensive) lunch!


Ulriken

If you fancy a little hike, then head to Mount Ulriken. The mountain is the highest of the seven mountains in Bergen. That's why you probably have the most beautiful view over the whole of Bergen from its 643-metre-high summit. You can enjoy it from the sky:skraperen restaurant. Afterwards, you can take the cable car back down to save your knees.


Bergenhus Fortress with Rosenkrantz Tower

Right next to Bryggen in Vågen Bay is Bergenhus Fortress with its Rosenkrantz Tower. The fortress is one of the oldest and best-preserved fortifications in Norway. The fortress can therefore look back on a long history. It has been used as a royal and episcopal seat and a military center of power. Today, the fortress is home to the Bergenhus Fortress Museum.


Nygårdsparken

Nygårdsparken is the largest public park in Bergen. It is located in the city center and was originally laid out in the style of an English garden. Today the park is home to a climbing trail.


 

Fredriksberg Fort

Fredriksberg Fortress is a Norwegian fortress. It is located directly by the sea on the highest point of Nordnes in Bergen on steep cliff faces. The fortress was originally built for execution purposes, among other things. From 1905 to 1926, however, it was used as a fire station. Today, part of the fortress is rented by a social association.


Harbor & Café Colonial Cranes

Bergen's port is the second largest seaport in Norway. It therefore has a rather industrial feel. Probably the most interesting “sight” in the harbor is the Café Colonial Kränen. The café is built like a crane to match the industrial style and serves delicious food!


Byparken

Byparken is a small park in the center of Bergen. With its pavilion, it invites you to take a little breather.


Gamle Bergen

Just outside Bergen is the Gamle Bergen Museum. Here you can experience the “old” Bergen feeling. With 50 wooden houses from the 18th to 20th centuries, the open-air museum offers an insight into what Europe's largest wooden town once looked like.


 

Nordnesparken

The Fredriksberg fortress complex includes a small park. Nordnesparken is located right by the sea, so you can breathe in the fresh sea breeze here.


Fjord cruise

Bergen is surrounded by beautiful fjords. So set off on a fjord tour. Beautiful routes are the Bergen-Mostraumen fjord excursion or the trip on the Hardangerfjord. You can book the tours at the tourist information office.



I have put together a list of all the places on Google Maps.

You can find the list here.


On the way to Bergen...

... you can stop off at several well-known waterfalls.

First you pass the famous Vøringsfossen. It is about 87 km from Odda to the waterfalls, whose huge masses of water plunge 182 m into the depths. To get a closer look at the impressive spectacle, you can stop at a few places along the road from Måbødalen to Fossli. It leads through several tunnels with parking spaces in between. There is also a large viewing point at Hotel Fossli, from where you can observe the waterfalls from above (through a glass floor). If you have some time, you can also take a short hike through the valley. This will bring you very close to the waterfalls. You can find more information here.


From the Vøringsfossen you then continue along the Hardanger Scenic Route to stop at the Steindalsfossen about an hour before Bergen. The waterfall is a rather small waterfall with a drop of 50 meters, but you can walk behind it and (almost) without getting wet! The waterfall was created several hundred years ago when a river changed its course. As the waterfall is very popular, there is a large parking lot with toilets and two souvenir stores. Here we were able to buy a hot chocolate for very little money. However, Steindalsfossen is really just a stopover.