Visiting Bergen was like walking into a picture-perfect postcard of all times. Once a country in early 18th-century, the city is now the scenic-capital of Norway with its notable succession of seven mountains. And of course the center of tourism, education, media, shipping, petroleum, and subsea technology. Over a million passengers travel to Bergen by cruise alone! On our first visit to this city, we traversed through multiple islands, connected by four large bridges. (Commuting was ‘fairly’ easy as we could use free public transportation with the Bergen Card) Which led us to Bryggen Wharf, Mount Floyen, Hanseatic Museum, Bergen Fish Market and eventually the Fjord Cruise. From our experience, Bergen is a safe city to travel and here’s a rundown of places you could cover in a day’s time.
1. Bryggen Wharf
The UNESCO World Heritage site of Bryggen is one of the oldest Wharf of Norway and World. At first glimpse, the spate of colorfully traditional wood-paneled houses had us turn up for the books. For, sprawling across Bergen’s coastline, this Bryggen Wharf was once Europe’s most influential trading post. The Adam’s ale, all the same, casting back reflections of a timeless township in the shades of red and yellow. A leisurely stroll on the Bryggen boulevard is all you need to get introduced to the Hanseatic era.
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2. Mount Floyen
A trip to the city of mountains, Bergen, is incomplete until you ride the Funicular tram to Mount Floyen to admire the most phenomenal views. For about 15-minutes the Funicular train rode the most scenic trails of Bergen until we finally arrived at the hilltop. Beholding a breathtaking frame of mountains, wharf, fountains, and a quiet city enveloped in the shades of russet silk; Floyen is from where we saw the most beautiful day ever!
3. Hanseatic Museum
Located right next to the Bryggen Wharf is the Hanseatic Museum of Bergen. Showcasing, the Hanseatic lifestyle of German merchants between thirteenth to seventeenth-century, this museum lets you explore a wide array of marine trade findings. The museum features two trading houses, one in back of the tenement while the other facing the sea. During earlier times, the museum rooms were used, as winter assembly halls, courtrooms, and an education center. This 18th-century museum was quite a fascinating experience for us as it allowed us to delve deeper through the history of Bergen.
4. Bergen Fish Market
We had to include Bergen Fish Market on our list! Because not only, is there a modern architecture to admire but also, the freshest seafood on display, from the Baltic Sea. Picturesque as ever, the fish market is where we spent hours devouring the spectacular harbourside views. Also where we shopped for brown cheese, sausages, and some delicious caviar. So whenever you decide to explore the Bryggen Wharf, do stop by the market for a cup of coffee or an early evening brunch.
5. Fjord Cruise
Last but not the least, Bergen is also home to Norway’s most incredible Fjord trip originating from Gudvangen. Although, you will need to keep aside one whole day for this trip. (Or more, if you plan to travel up to Oslo) Twenty minutes from Bergen is the disembarkment point of Fjord Cruise that sails into Norway’s longest and narrowest Sogne and Naeory Fjord. Flocked by seagulls and mountainous marvels, no words are enough to express this glaciated old world UNESCO World heritage site.
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