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Bergen is a charming old city with a youthful spirit. As you fly into Bergen, you will see the stunning cliffs rising out of the sea and the fjord surrounded by majestic mountains. In the Middle Ages, Bergen was the largest city in Scandinavia, and it wasn't until the 1830s that Oslo's population overtook that of Bergen. However, Bergen retains its status as an important port city. The dramatic scenery, lively music scene, and pleasant and relaxed atmosphere make Bergen a very popular destination.

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Bryggen, Bergen

Lining up the eastern side of the Vågen harbour is Bergen's most famous postcard, Bryggen. A series of colourful wooden buildings, which once housed the trading offices of the Hanseatic League. Over the years, Bryggen has been ravaged by many fires, and in 1702 the entire city was reduced to ashes. Its rebuilding followed the foundations that had been there since the 12th century, which means that Bryggen was able to retain its medieval architecture. In 1979, the area was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. And today, Bryggen is home to museums, shops, restaurants, and pubs.

The Bergen Aquarium
Nordnesbakken 4, Bergen

Sea creatures can be seen in their natural setting at the Bergen Aquarium–Norway's largest aquarium as well as one of the city's biggest tourist attractions. It is home to Europe's largest collection of fish species and primitive marine creatures together with basins for seals, penguins, and sea birds.

To Kokker
Enhjørningsgården 29, Bergen

To Kokker is the kind of restaurant you would like to take home with you! It serves typical, high-quality Norwegian dishes in a picturesque building which is appealingly crooked and genuinely cosy. Try their wild Norwegian venison with blackberry sauce which is very popular with the locals.

Enhjørningen Fiskerestaurant
Enhjørningsgården 29, Bergen

References to the Enhjørningen (Unicorn) appear in documents from the time of the Hanseatic League. Nowadays, it is a small, comfortably furnished restaurant that specialises in excellent fish and shellfish dishes. The mussel soup with curry, garlic and saffron is definitely worth trying.

Bryggen Husflid
Bryggen 19, Bergen

A sweater from Bryggen Husflid will equip you perfectly for the cold Norwegian weather. It is located in an ancient wooden building that is listed as one of UNESCO's World Heritage sites. They have been providing handmade Norwegian knitwear for over 25 years.

Farmers' Market
Strandkaien 3, Bergen

The Farmers' Market in Bergen is held twice per month on Saturdays right at the harbour (check the website for specific dates). This is the place to try new foods and shop for local specialities. Producers and farmers come to the market to sell everything from meat and smoked salmon to cheese, bread and pastries.

Bergen Airport (BGO)
Bergen lufthamn, Flyplassvegen 555, Bergen

Flying is definitely the best way to get to Bergen, but it’s a good idea to book well in advance. The Gaia airport bus service from Bergen Airport at Flesland runs every 15 minutes. The journey takes about half an hour, and the bus takes you to the SAS Royal Hotel Bryggen in the city centre.

Best Time To Visit

The best month to visit Bergen is May. If you want to experience a variety of different shows, live acts, concerts and exhibitions, this will be the best month to come here. While rainfall is also lowest in May, temperatures are the most pleasant in July and August; however, these months are also the busiest.

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