The City of Bergen - Gateway to the Fjords
As a UNESCO World Heritage City and a European City of Culture, the Bergen region has the ideal combination of nature, culture and exciting urban life all year around. Today Bergen is a cultural melting pot, with a wide range of concerts, international festivals and museums of all kinds.
With its ideal location right in the heart of the Fjord Norway region, between the Hardangerfjord and the Sognefjord, it is the perfect starting point for day trips to one of the world’s biggest scenic attractions – the fjords.
Bryggen is one of Bergen's and Norway's main attractions. Bryggen was built after the great fire in 1702 and is included on UNESCO's World Heritage List. It consists of the old Hanseatic wharf and buildings, and one of the best known urban areas from the Middle Ages in all of Norway.
Bryggen is very much a living part of the cultural heritage that is still in active use in this historical area of the city. Today, there are several attractions in the area, from the Fish Market to Bergenhus Fortress and there are many cafés, restaurants and shops to choose from. Many of the shops sell traditional and unique crafts.
The picturesque Fish Market in Bergen is one of Norway's most visited outdoors markets. The Fish Market sells seafood, fruit, vegetables and flowers in a charming location on the quayside adjoining Bryggen. There are also several restaurants serving a large selection of seafood. The indoor Fish Market is open all year and the outdoor Fish Market is open from the 1st of May and during the summer.
The Surrounding Area
Fløibanen is the experience that no visitors to Bergen should be without. It is one of Norway’s most famous attractions, and you will find it in the heart of Bergen. The funicular railway, Fløibanen, runs from the centre of Bergen to the summit of Fløyen in 5-8 minutes, and the journey is an experience in itself. The journey starts at the lower station, in the heart of Bergen, about 150 m from Fisketorget – the fish market – and Bryggen wharf. From the top there are outstanding views of the city and the surrounding area.
Ulriken is the highest of the Seven Mountains that surround Bergen, Norway. It has an altitude of 643 metres above sea level. Ulriken has a cable car, Ulriksbanen, that can bring people to the top. Enjoy spectacular scenery and mountain terrain 643 metres above the city streets. From the summit, you can enjoy magnificent views of Bergen and the surrounding area - the sea, the islands, fjords and mountains. There is also a mountaintop restaurant and a new zip wire attraction.
Bergen Aquarium is the biggest aquarium in Norway and home to some of the strangest creatures that usually inhabit the shoreline, great ocean depths and the Arctic, or tropical rainforests. The Aquarium's goal is to teach people about animals and animal welfare, conservation and biodiversity.
Gamle Bergen is an open air museum taking you back to the 1800's when Bergen was Europe’s biggest wooden city, a distinctive city environment with closely spaced wooden buildings, busy streets, markets and alleys.
Edvard Grieg Museum Troldhaugen was the home of composer Edvard Grieg for 22 years. He composed many of his best-known works in the little garden hut. It is now a living museum comprising an exhibition centre with shop and cafe, concert hall, composers' cabin and Grieg's villa dating from 1885.
Fantoft Stave Church is a reconstructed stave church in the Fana borough of the city of Bergen, Norway. The old stave church at Fantoft, originally built in Fortun in Sogn in 1150 and moved to Fantoft in 1883, burnt down on 6 June 1992. Fantoft Stave Church has been rebuilt exactly as it was before the fire.
Lysøen Island, and Ole Bull's Villa. The beautiful villa on Lysøen was built as a summer residence for the Norwegian violin virtuoso Ole Bull in 1873. Open to the public in the summer.
Rosenkrantz Tower was built in the 1560's by the governor of Bergen Castle (Bergenhus), Erik Rosenkrantz, and served as a combined residence and fortified tower. It is considered one of the most important renaissance monuments in Norway. Parts of the tower are from the 1270s, but it has been extended on several occasions for the purpose of fortification and as a demonstration of power.
Shops & Restaurants
The nearest convenience store is Kiwi - 5 minutes from the house and open 7.00 am - 11.00 pm
Vestkanten Storsenter, which is situated approximately 1.2 km from the house, was named "Shopping Centre of the Year 2014" at the Shopping Centre Conference at Clarion Hotel & Congress Oslo, October 23, 2014.
The indoor centre has over 110 shops, restaurants and cafes. There are two large supermarkets for all your food needs - Obs and Meny as well as an off licence - the vinmonopolet.
Adjacent to the shopping centre is Bergen's largest indoor bowling facility with 18 lanes and its own licenced restaurant as well as an ice rink and swimming pool.
Vannkanten Waterworld offers great entertainment for both young and old. As well as exciting indoor and outdoor swimming pools, there are water, slides, jacuzzis, a relaxation section, and meals and drinks on ”the beach”.