Bergen, NorwayLocation: Europe
Bergen is nestled between 7 magnificent mountains on the western coast of Norway—and is considered the gateway to the fjords. Come ashore and experience enchantment in a city that's rich in art, medieval history and natural beauty.
Stroll along cobblestone streets, view pastel-colored wooden houses and discover Hanseatic relics—a reminder of the city's mercantile trade during the Middle Ages. Explore the art galleries facing picturesque Lille Lungedgardsvann Lake. And be sure to visit the home and gardens of composer Edvard Grieg—a must-see for any first-time visitor.
With so much beauty in and around the city, it's no wonder that many artists and musicians have called it "home."
Things to See and Do
The city is rich with medieval history, with an array of well-preserved historic buildings. Highlights include the 13th-century King Hakon's Hall, the 16th-century Rosenkrantz Tower and Bryggen—a major trading center of the medieval Hanseatic League.
Surrounded by lush mountains and sparkling fjords, it's only natural that most Bergensers and visitors enjoy active adventures. Fishing, boating, hiking and skiing are popular pastimes in Bergen. For a more serene experience, take the Funicular railway to the top of Mount Floyen and enjoy some of the best sights around.
Local Culture and Flavor
Bergen is known for outstanding seafood options. Fiskepudding (fish pudding), fiskekaker (fish cakes), fiskeboller (fish balls) and Bergensk fiskesuppe (Bergen fish soup) are traditional dishes.
For dessert, try the traditional skillingsbolle—a large cinnamon roll—or orsommerbolle, which is a cinnamon roll with custard center.
A long-time trading hub, Bergen features a variety of shopping options, from boutiques to larger department stores. The largest shopping centers in the city are Kloverhuset, Galleriat, Bergen Storsenter and ByGarasjen.
Past and Present
Originally an 11th century Viking settlement, Bergen began to thrive in the 13th century, mainly due to the Hanseatic merchant industry. Today, the history of the city is showcased through its many museums and historic architecture.
Fun Facts & Tips
Bergen's nickname is "Regnbyen," or rainy city, with approximately 200 days of rain each year. When visiting, be sure to pack your rain jacket and umbrella.
The world's first umbrella vending machine was located in Bergen.