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Bergen Art Museum0.1km
Nygårds skoleSchool0.1km
Bergen KunstmuseumMuseums0.2km
Bergen KunsthallMuseums0.2km
Lille LungegårdsvannetLakes0.2km
Muzeum umeni BergenMuseums0.3km
Bergen Offentlige BibliotekLibraries0.3km
Kunstmuseene i BergenMuseums0.3km
Stenersens SamlingMuseums0.3km
Vestlandske KunstindustrimuseumMuseums0.3km
Natural History CollectionsMuseums0.4km
BergenRailway stations0.4km
Veteran bensinstasjonMuseums0.4km
Det matematisk-naturvitenskapelige fakultetsbiblioLibraries0.4km
Bergen LepramuseumMuseums0.4km


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Category: Cities, Local time: 08:12:13, Tel.: +47 55 29 64 64, Official WWW website:

Pros

nice people
cosmopolitan city
nice weather
delicious meals
bustling destination
splendid sceneries
distinctive atmosphere
concerts
art galleries
has an amusement park

Cons

uncomfortable summer temperature
chilly in winter
often rain showers
queues
poor or deceitful service

Suitable for

shopping
history
nightlife
cruises
art
study
active vacation
carnivals
dark tourism
health tourism

Why to go there?

old&new architecture
historical centre

Transportation and means of transport

railway
air
international airport

business travel (industry)

automobile
oil


Information and Facts

GPS: 60.3883, 5.3282
Population: 2,600
Foundation (year): 1070
Coastline: North Sea, 3 km
Last update: Oct 15, 2012 2:54:29 AM

Bergen: Reviews

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 Aura: 80Reviews: 11Feb 14, 2012 10:59:56 AM
Bergen is simply an amazing place... Partly because of its colourful history, still visible, in several of its city parts, where Bryggen (old wooden harbour houses) is on the UNESCO's list of World Heritage Site, partly of its beautiful scenery. It is situated among fjords and high mountains. Some of the locals are able to run across all seven of those mountains in a less than a day – ordinary tourists hike one or two in a day - top :D The hikes or trips by cableway to Ulriken or Floyen are well worth it. Especially, Floyen, where one can buy the famous and awfully tasty Norwegian ice-cream, which makes every hiking trip much more bearable :D One can admire not only wild nature so close to the big city but also the city itself. At last, but not at least – it is said that Bergen is one of the rainiest places in the world – well true going out without umbrella, is not a smart idea, still the city is prepared for the rainy days: various museums, galleries or aquarium.
 Aura: 79Reviews: 470Aug 24, 2011 10:04:14 AM
The sea port Bergen is situated on the south-western coast of Norway in the Hordaland County. It is nicknamed the "gate to fjords". Bergen is recommendable as a starting point for trips to picturesque Sunnfjord and Nordfjord. It is the second largest city in Norway and its population is 235, 000.

History

Bergen was granted town privileges in 1070 by King Olav Kyrres. In the 13th century, Bergen became the capital city of the Norgesveldet empire which included, besides Norway, for example Iceland, Greenland and a part of Scotland. During the Hanseatic period Bergen, along with some of German towns, became an important trading centre. After the period of decline in the 15th century, Bergen was revived especially due to the development of local shipbuilding.
The central part of Bergen comprises two areas, the harbour quarter Bryggen which is situated to the north from the port named Vagen, and the downtown Bergen that is situated to the south.

Downtown Bergen

The area situated to the south and east from the harbour is the central part of Bergen. The heart of this locality is Lille Lungegardsvann Lake which is surrounded with a park with trees and rhododendrons. The lake and the park are tranquil and peaceful. From there, you can set out for a trip around local sights and monuments.
The most important galleries and museums in Bergen are situated in the southern part of the city: the Bergen Kunstmuseum (art museum) , Vestlandske Kunstindustrimuseum (design and decorative art in untraditional ways) , Bergen Kunsthall (art exhibition hall) , Bergen Museum de Kulturhistoriske Samlinger (cultural history collections) , Bergen Museum de Naturhistoriske Samlinger (natural history collections) and Bergen Sjofartsmuseum (maritime museum) . On the western side of the lake you will come across the Festplassen, square with a concert pavilion, used for various festivals and celebrations. From the Festplassen you can continue along Ole Bulle Plass boulevard to the National Theatre, located in a splendid building designed in the Art Nouveau style.
If you continue westwards, you can admire, for example, the Murenu building ("castle gate", today´s museum) , or you can visit the USF Cultural Centre, which is a large complex of buildings where contemporary art is presented. Among the most popular tourist attractions in Bergen, you should not miss the Akvariet (aquarium) with a great collection of fresh water and sea fish species. There are two important churches in the centre of the city, the Korskirken and the Domkirken.

Bryggen

Bryggen (Norwegian for the Wharf) is a part of the city situated to the north from the port in Vagen, between the Bryggen pier and Ovregaten Street which is lined with lovely wooden Hanseatic houses. It is the locality where you can find the most significant monuments in Bergen. In the past, the locality, the ancient wooden storehouses on the northern side of the harbour Bryggen used to be called the Tyskebryggen, which means "German wharf", as it was a part of Norwegian Hanseatic trade for 400 years. For a long time, before the first Hanseatic German traders arrived, this quarter used to be full of fishmongers. The medieval houses with characteristic gables were damaged by fire several times (for the last time in 1955) .
Besides the Hanseatic houses, the most significant monuments in this part of the city are: the King Haakon´s Hall, Mariakirken Church, Bryggens Museum, Norwegian Museum of Fisheries and Hanseatiske Museum (Hanseatic museum) . The reconstructed old town Bryggen , with narrow lanes built of wooden boards was listed as the UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979.
In 2000, Bergen was honoured with the title of European Capital of Culture.

 Jan 30, 2012 9:08:09 PM
Bergen is a dream place. History and fjords, mountains and waterfalls, lovely people, half of the population is university students...local people love jogging, they prefer jogging and running up and down the hills to sitting at the dinner or in front of TV...regardless the weather. Go there and you will see. Allow at least a couple of days, to enjoy the views from the top of Ulriken or Floien, to take a picture of the troll you will meet in the forest, to taste local specialities at the fish market...and admire the spectacular old ships in the harbor.

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