Bryggen Wharf is another less travelled iconic façade! A beautiful and fanciful town exhibiting a stunning silhouette! Bergen’s first buildings were built alongside the harbour called Bryggen, and today it is one of the most visited spots in Norway. Nonetheless, the spot is an exemplary example of medieval Hanseatic trade era. A picturesque UNESCO heritage site since 1979 that features on most postcards in Bergen. You will love the series of Hanseatic buildings lined up on the eastern side of the Vågen Harbour. The slim wooden townhouses standing along the quayside, are a symbol of the city. Bryggen is a village in Bergen, with small shops, restaurants and bars. You can go for a beer, sea breeze or long walks, distances are bones in this city.
Bryggen Wharf, a picturesque UNESCO heritage site
As a matter of fact, Bryggen Wharf was an important base, for German traders between 1360 and 1754. Also for Hanseatic who dominated the market in Northern Europe. One of the earliest pier constructions of Bergen has been dated back to 1100 BC. Only Schøtstuene and the buildings towards Julehuset are originals from 1702. The existing buildings are from a much later date. In fact, Notable houses at Bryggen include Bellgården, Svensgården, Enhjørningsgården, Bredsgården, Bugården and Engelgården. The oldest building in this area is St Mary’s Church. Then again, viewing these iconic structures along with a city tour puts everything in perspective.
Furthermore, Bryggen Museum houses many finds from the archaeological excavations. One of the best-kept structures of the wharf area is Finnegaarden. Also, I suggest you pay a visit to Schøtstuene; a collection of reconstructed buildings once used as a dining and meeting place by the German traders.
Not to mention, Bergen has experienced many fires from history since most houses are made from the wood. 25% of the buildings are still standing erect after the big fire in 1702, and the World War II explosion. A large ship transporting ammunition went up in flames and caused damaged to the roof of the buildings.
Today, the wooden alleyways of Bryggen have become an oasis for artists, with shops at every turn. The historic buildings are fun and the restaurants have a great vibe. The awesome walk along the Wharf was a great way to spend the evening after a visit to Mount Floyen. Shop, drink, eat and relax because losing yourself in Bryggen’s beauty is just one of the Norwegian pleasures.