Welcome to Bergen! Bergen is the second-largest city in Norway and famous for its beauty. After all, it has been voted the most beautiful city in Norway over and over again. Sure, it’s one of the rainiest cities in Europe (240+ days a year), but we here in Bergen believe it just keeps the city sparkling clean 🙂
With a fascinating history going back to 1070, Bergen was Scandinavia’s first important commercial city – stockfish has been traded here for 1,000 years. Bryggen, the now-UNESCO World Heritage listed wharf area (in the picture above) was important to the Hanseatic League, a German merchant organisation, and the timber buildings are preserved from their time.
Today Bergen is a cool city: it’s a major university town so expect to find many unique bars, cafes and shops in the downtown area. It’s home to a large portion of the oil industry, the fishing industry, the shipping industry and research on climate change. It’s also the largest cruise port in Norway. There are museums, art galleries, shops, and endless hiking trails. Moreover, Bergen is the Gateway to the Fjords – you can reach Norway’s most famous fjords in just a couple hours with well-known train and ferry rides.
Here’s my page about Bergen, my home and favourite place in the country!
- Schøtstuene Museum
- Bryggens Museum
The Great Outdoors
- Hiking up and down Mt. Fløyen
Note – use the arrow on the top left to open up the guide to this map. If I’ve written an article about the place, there will be a link to that article when you click the marker.
Walking Tour of Bergen
Browse my articles about Bergen
The Schøstuene Museum will give you an overview of the life of the Hanseatic League in Bergen, Norway. Read my guide to the museum.
Driving Guides & Day Trips
The Rainiest City in Europe
Culture & Stories
I must admit that I’m definitely one of those people who gets super excited when I see my home city in someone else’s video. I sit back and watch like a proud parent: “yes, that is my city! Look how good it looks!”. Then I get the link and share it onto everyone I know,
Watch Bergen on YouTube
On the morning of the 9th of April 1940, Norway awoke to the news that Nazi Germany had invaded. The country remained occupied until the war ended on 8 May 1945. Bergen became one of the most important places for German forces on the west coast. They built forts, bunkers, and took over public buildings.
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All the important information about the coronavirus in Norway.
I think one of the best ways to see Norway is by car. It may seem a little intimidating at first, with all those mountain roads, ferries, tolls, and crazy expensive petrol. But if you plan accordingly and have the budget for it, you’ll get to see the best bits of nature. And one of