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One of Norway’s most enjoyable cities, surrounded by seven mountains, known for Bryggen, the Fløibanen Funicular and the Fish Market, it sits in a spectacular location – mountains and fjords such as the Hardangerfjord and Sognefjord. Bergen is the second largest city in Norway, former European City of Culture, World Heritage City and the most popular gateway to the fjords of West Norway. The city is renowned for its beautiful nature and offers excellent hiking opportunities in its immediate surroundings. Having fostered many of Norway’s greatest bands and artists, the city is also famous for its cultural life and underground/indie music scene.

The medieval capital of Norway, Bergen boasts a fantastic combination of ancient history and modern conveniences, plus a fantastic location for exploring everything this beautiful part of the world has to offer. Spend your days wandering the cobbled streets of the old town, visiting world-class museums and galleries or discovering some of Norway’s most impressive architecture. Shoppers will enjoy whiling away their afternoons in the markets and shops of the Torget Plaza, while visitors looking to get out of the city can ride the cable cars to the top of Mount Ulriken and Mount Fløyen to enjoy many miles of walking trails and sweeping views along the coast.

For a short break, Bergen is the perfect choice. The city has a vibrant mix of chic cafes, the atmospheric quarter of Bryggen and some excellent museums and galleries. Add the gorgeous coastal setting and steep, forested hills and you have the ultimate short city break.

Further afield, holidays to Bergen offer a great opportunity for exploring the famous fjords and beyond. Take a short trip or a longer excursion by boat into the dramatic landscape, stop by the quaint fishing villages and see impressive glaciers. Or travel overland to discover the small communities and beautiful countryside that make up the other side of Norway. Back in Bergen, things really get going once the sun sets.

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Enjoy the Fløibanen Funicular railway, one of Norway’s most famous attractions. The exciting trip up the mountain is a magnificent experience in itself, taking under 10minutes. From Mount Fløyen, approximately 320 metres above sea level, you can enjoy the beautiful view; study the cityscape in detail and the seaward approaches and fjords surrounding Bergen. The Funicular takes you to a fantastic area of beautiful natural surroundings with innumerable opportunities for walking and hiking. At Fløyen there is also a restaurant, cafeteria, souvenir shop and play area. You can hike or ride a cable car to the summit of the highest mountain, Mount Ulriken. In winter, there are sledging areas too.

Meet famous local personalities like Snorre, Vitus and Amalie at the Bergen Aquarium. Experience the great atmosphere created by the young and old citizens of Bergen who keep coming back to say hello to the animals – and to meet each other. Since 1960, the aquarium has formed a vibrant part of the city’s local identity.

Wonder at the very first buildings in Bergen alongside the harbour called Bryggen (Norwegian for the Wharf), also known as Tyskebryggen (the German Wharf). The old, atmospheric wharf is a series of Hanseatic commercial buildings lining the eastern side of the fjord coming into Bergen. It is architecturally unique and is included on UNESCO’s list of world heritage of history and culture. The name has the same origin as the Flemish city of Bruges.

Discover the VilVite Bergen Science Centre. In the permanent exhibition you can explore about 75 different interactive installations and experiments. You can bicycle a 360 degrees loop in the G-Force, drill for oil, navigate a ship, forecast the weather as a TV presenter, and much more. The main themes are the weather, the ocean and energy. The centre is interactive and fun for all the family!

Stop off at the Fish Market to enjoy its delicacies. This picturesque and lively fish market is one of Norway’s most visited outdoors markets and has a charming location in the heart of the city between the fjords and Bergen’s seven mountains. The Fish Market also sells fruit, vegetables, flowers, handicrafts and souvenirs.

Experience an extensive collection of art and design at Kode – the art museums of Bergen. Observe masterpieces by Edvard Munch, Nikolai Astrup, Pablo Picasso, Paul Klee and J. C. Dahl or visit the unique exhibition “the Silver Treasure”.

A few kilometres out of the city, explore Troldhaugen, the home of composer Edvard Grieg. Grieg and his wife, Nina, lived here for 22 years and composed many of his best-known works in the little garden hut. Also visit the cliff-hewn tomb where he was buried, the concert hall “Troldsalen” and the museum. The place is as magical as the name suggests: Meaning “Troll Hill”, Troldhaugen cleverly, and understatedly, captures a bygone era, and the environment that inspired some of the 19th centuries best known musical works.

Bergen is the Gateway to the Fjords of Norway and offers a number of day trips to both the Sognefjord and Hardangerfjord.

Visit the old Bergenhus Fortress, located in the entrance to the harbour. This is one of the oldest and best preserved castles in Norway. The fortress contains buildings dating as far back as the 1240s, as well as later constructions built as recently as World War II. The extent of the enclosed area of today dates from the early 19th century. In medieval times, the area of the present-day Bergenhus Fortress was known as Holmen (The islet), and contained the royal residence in Bergen, as well as a cathedral and several churches, the bishop’s residence, and a Dominican monastery.

Winter is the time for some excellent cross-country and alpine skiing near Bergen. Voss Resort, an hour and a half from Bergen, is the biggest skiing area in the county. It has twelve lifts and twenty slopes with excellent skiing for all ages and nerve. Half an hour further north from Voss Resort is Voss Fjellandsby in Myrkdalen which has four lifts and twenty slopes, offering magnificent off piste. In Kvamskogen, about forty five minutes from Bergen, you will find Eikedalen Skisenter which has eight lifts and thirteen slopes of varying difficulty.

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