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Bergen Norway

Bergencity and port, southwestern Norway. The principal port and business section is on a peninsula projecting into By Fjord, bounded to the north by the inlet and harbour of Vågen (for small ships) and on the south by Pudde Bay (for larger vessels) and the Store Lungegårds Lake.

Originally called Bjørgvin, the city was founded in 1070 by King Olaf III Haraldsson.

About 1100 a castle was built on the northern edge of Vågen harbour, and Bergen became commercially and politically important; it was Norway’s capital in the 12th and 13th centuries. An episcopal see was established there in the 12th century. A trade centre for centuries, Bergen exported fish and furs and imported grain and manufactured goods. In the 14th century, German Hanseatic merchants acquired control over the city’s trade; their influence in a weakened Norway lasted into the 17th century. Bergen has remained the most important port on the west coast of Norway, despite its repeated destruction by fire (most notably in 1702 and 1916); wider streets and buildings of brick and stone have been built in response to these disasters.

Bergen is now the second largest city in Norway. It has developed a diversified economy, based largely on fishing, shipbuilding and associated industries (repairing and equipment), machinery and metal products, and food processing. Tourism has also grown in importance. Notable buildings are the 12th-century St. Mary’s Church, the city’s oldest structure; Bergenhus fortress, including Håkonshallen (Haakon’s Hall, built in the 13th century); and the Rosenkrantz Tower. The latter two buildings were severely damaged during the German occupation (1940–45). Bryggen, the city’s historic harbour district, is notable for the wooden structures lining the waterfront; it was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1979.


Bergen is the seat of a university (1946) as well as of the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration (1936).

Its West Norway Museum of Decorative Art (1887) has a fine collection. The well-known Bergen International Music Festival takes place each year. Bergen was the birthplace of composer Edvard Grieg, violinist Ole Bull, landscape painter Johan Christian Dahl, and dramatist Ludvig Holberg. Pop. (2007 est.) mun., 244,620.




3 Best Things to Do in Bergen,
Norway in One Day

1. Stroll around colourful Bryggen
Bergen’s old Hanseatic wharf is the stuff of postcards. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to the very first buildings of Bergen, and has been an important part of the city for hundreds of years.

The Hanseatic League established their office there in the 12th century, gradually acquiring ownership of Bryggen and controlling the trade in stockfish. Despite being ravaged by several fires over the centuries, Bryggen’s picturesque wooden buildings have been rebuilt to appear as they did after the great fire of 1702, even using the same structure plan and construction techniques.

2. Ride the Fløibanen Funicular up Mount Fløyen
Bergen is surrounded by seven mountains and one of the best things to do, especially on a nice day, is head up to Mount Fløyen on the Fløibanen funicular.

Situated about 320 metres above sea level, Mount Fløyen provides spectacular views of Bergen and the nearby fjords. At the top, there are plenty of stunning hiking routes, with levels ranging from easy to experienced, plus nature trails for those visiting Bergen with kids.

3. Taste Bergen’s history at the Fish Market

One of the most popular city centre attractions in Bergen is the Fish Market. Its charming location right on the fjord, combined with its history dating back to the 1200s, plus its extraordinary array of produce from fresh fish to local farm food, flowers and plants, makes it one of Norway’s most visited outdoor markets.

The market used to be found right next to Bryggen and has always been an important trading place in Bergen. Even fishermen who lived outside the city would row into the Fish Market to sell their catch of the day before returning home.

Today the Fish Market is a great place to soak in the bustling atmosphere of the heart of Bergen and sample some local delicacies from one of the many stalls or restaurants.

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