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Known as the ‘city of seven mountains,’ Bergen sits on the Western coast of Norway and is its second largest city. Bergen is renowned for its beautiful scenery, great hiking opportunities and its culture. It has a thriving underground music scene, having given the world many great artists and bands.

Bergen is surrounded by seven fjords and seven hills and is charming and beautiful. At the centre of the city are the bustling Vågen Harbour and the World Heritage Site of Bryggen. It has dozens of good museums, a dynamic lifestyle and friendly locals.

Bergen is also one of Norway's most important centres for culture. It is home to a number of important festivals like the Bergenfest, Nattjazz and the Bergen International Festival. The city's philharmonic orchestra is one of the oldest in the world, dating back to the year 1786. Bergen was also the home of Edvard Grieg, Norway's best composer.

Bergen's city centre is scenic since it faces the Byfjorden fjord. The area has several older buildings; the most significant among these is the 12th century St Mary's Church. Downtown Bergen is also home to the Bergen Art Museum, one of the largest in Nordic countries.

The outdoor fish market in the city has a long and rich history and is an important place to understand Bergen's position in the fish trade. Throughout the market are various seafood stalls and souvenir shops.

While Bergen has many tourist attractions, its strongest points are its architecture, culture and atmosphere. The best way to experience the city is by hiking its mountains, spending time at a local café and strolling around the streets of the city.

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1. Bryggen

What is it? Bryggen, the site of the old medieval quarter, is a charming, compact area of brightly coloured wooden homes that once housed the city's merchants. Steep cobbled lanes are lined with a vivacious blend of cafes and artists workshops. The Hanseatic wharf area, with many buildings dating from before the 17th century, has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is considered to be one of the most important examples of the civilisation of a medieval settlement in the world. This was once the working area of the merchants and is the oldest part of Bergen, characterised by a maze of lopsided wooden buildings with pointed gables facing the harbour. The Bryggens and Hanseatic Museums as well as the 12th century St Mary's Church are all in the Bryggen area. At one end of the wharf is Bergen's famous fish market, a colourful market also selling flowers, fruit, vegetables and souvenirs. Hours of Operation: Phone:



2. Hanseatic Museum
Finnegårdsgate 1A, Bryggen
What is it? The Hanseatic Museum is housed in one of the oldest and best-preserved wooden buildings in Bryggen, the former home of a wealthy merchant. Furnished in the 18th century style, it provides a glimpse of the working and living conditions of the Hanseatic merchants during the Middle Ages. The austere layout and maze-like rooms are saturated by the smell of fish and leave a lasting impression. Hours of Operation: Daily 11am to 2pm (May), 9am to 5pm (June to August), 10am to 3pm (1-15 September), 11am to 2pm (16-30 September). From October to April the museum is closed on Mondays, opening from 12pm to 5pm on Sundays and 11am to 2pm the rest of the week Phone:5554 4690



3. Bryggens Museum
Dreggsallmenning 3, Bryggen
What is it? The archaeological museum was built around the remains of the oldest buildings discovered in Bergen, dating from the 12th century, and the ruins have been incorporated into the exhibits along with excavated tools, ceramics and skeletons. The museum houses various artefacts and traditional costumes and it imaginatively attempts to recreate life in the Middle Ages with displays of domestic implements, handicrafts, runic inscriptions and items relating to seafaring and trade during medieval times. Hours of Operation: Daily 10am to 5pm (May to August), Monday to Friday 11am to 3pm, Saturday 12pm to 3pm, Sunday 12pm to 4pm (September to April) Phone:5558 8010



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