A trip to Bergen is incomplete without visiting its world-famous UNESCO heritage site, the Bryggen Wharf. And so, our excitement was doubled when we first, set our eyes on this breathtaking Wharf from the Strandkaien road seafood market. Blown away by the first remarkable sighting of the colorful cordon of wooden houses dating back to the medieval era; We’d say, Bryggen Wharf is an absolute delight of a landmark. Casting off reflections as pretty as a picture; the Wharf certainly lits up the waters of the Askoyruten strait.
We traced the silhouette, all the way down to the iconic Wharf, housing the oldest buildings of Bergen. Along the way, we noticed a lot of shops, currency exchange stores, museums, and an overwhelming harbourside, consorting voyagers in motion. This UNESCO site is Norway’s most-visited landmark yet, a less traveled destination, on the whole.
From our experience traveling, Up-North takes a paramount resistance to snow and cold weather, in general. We love snowy places but visiting Bergen during summer is comparatively more comfortable.
Which, is why we are glad that we didn’t find the Hanseatic beauty of the Bryggen Wharf, deeply buried under a pile of snow. Throughout Bergen, we noticed that the stores, hotels, as well as, the restaurants offered magazines and postcards to the travelers, with Bryggen Wharf printed all around. That implanted an image in our head, which we later revived by visiting the Wharf at night.
Lined undeviatingly, the Hanseatic buildings on the eastern side of the Vågen Harbour are slim wooden houses aggrandizing quayside. It was almost like walking into an early-age village with the virtues of that of the Middle Ages. In the 13th-century, Bryggen Wharf was a significant Hanseatic trade post for the German traders. Where we stood for a brief moment, was once the dominating merchant paradise of Northern Europe.
Even though, the earliest civilization known to have built their homes, here, came and settled in the 11th-century. But, the oldest surviving houses are Schøtstuene and the ones near Julehuset, from the early seventeenth century.
Strolling at the harbourside, we also crossed Bellgården, Svensgården, Enhjørningsgården, Bredsgården, Bugården, Engelgården; and St Mary’s Church, the oldest construction in Bergen. When we returned towards the seafood market, on our way, we also took a short notice of the Bryggen Museum. To view Hanseatic era archaeological excavations, this is the museum to visit. It’s fascinating to watch the Hanseatic residences, to have sustained the danger of fire ever since, their inception. The 17th-century Big fire incurred the maximum damage. But, later during World War II, a large ship carrying ammunition went up in flames, burning all the roofs down.
Which, makes it all the more special to be here and be able to admire a forepassed impression.