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Bergen - World Heritage City

Bergen has given a warm welcome to its visitors for more than 900 years. Bryggen has become a symbol of our cultural heritage and has gained a place on UNESCO's World Heritage List. The old Hanseatic wharf is architecturally unique and is perhaps one of the most familiar image in all of Norway.

Bergen grew up around its colourful harbour - it was the hub of commerce, seafaring and crafts-manship. We became the north's   largest city, Norway's first capital city and the seat of royalty. So important was Bergen by the 13th century that the Hansas - the German medieval guild of merchants - opened one of their four European offices on the wharf called Bryggen.

Some of the Hansas chose to become Bergensers. And so have many others throughout the centuries. Bergensers are proud of their city and of their city's traditions. They look after their past because it is a part of their living present.
A city with its feet in the sea, its head in the skies and its heart in the right place - full of infectious enthusiasm, and happy to share it with visitors.

Welcome to Bergen, the old city with a young outlook, and the home of the casino game Norgesautomaten!

 

Attractions particular to Bergen:

Photo: Robin Strand
The Historic Harbour side:
The Wharf ("Bryggen")

The very first buildings in Bergen were alongside the harbour called Bryggen. The old Hanseatic wharf is architecturally unique and is included on UNESCO's list of world heritage of history and culture.



The Håkon's Hall /
The Rosenkrantz Tower
The King's Banqueting Hall. Inside the thick stone walls there are still echoes of the medieval court’s solemn ceremonies and riotous feasts. As a national cultural monument, Håkon’s Hall is still used both for royal dinners and other official occasions.
Close to Håkon’s Hall you will find the Rosenkrantz Tower, which is considered one of the most important renaissance monuments in Norway.



 
The Hanseatic Museum / Schøtstuene
The museum shows how the German merchants from The Hanseatic League lived and worked. From 1350 to 1750 these merchants traded stockfish and grains from their office in Bergen. You may walk through this building from 1704, the only house on Bryggen which has kept its original interior.




The Funicular: Fløibanen
An 8-minute ride to the top of Mount Fløyen (altitude 320 m). Runs every half hour, every 15 minutes if necessary. A magnificent view over Bergen and the suburbs. 


Troldhaugen:
Home of composer Edvard Grieg

The home of composer Edvard Grieg (1843-1907) and his wife Nina. Grieg lived here for 22 years and composed many of his best-known works in the little garden. Also visit the cliff-hewn tomb where he was buried, the concert hall "Troldsalen" and the museum.



Ulriken 643
The Ulriken643 Panoramic Tour takes you by cable car to the highest of Bergen’s famous ‘Seven Mountains’. The tour takes you to spectacular scenery and mountain terrain 643 metres above the city streets.

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