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Idyllic Bergen, situated in the western coast of Norway, is one of Europe’s most beautiful cities! If you wish to escape to the exotic Norwegian fjords, we suggest searching for cheap air tickets to Bergen, Norway’s second largest city. Serene and peaceful energy, extraordinary natural landscape and an enormous cultural and artistic wealth are Bergen’s most important characteristics – and these are the reason why Bergen is such a popular travel destination. All year round, but particularly during the summer, Bergen is full of visitors and tourists. Book your cheap accommodation in Bergen and you will definitely, utterly and eternally fall in love with it!
Bergen is Norway’s second largest city, with a population of 260,000. A popular travel destination for every traveller heading to the fjord, Bergen is a marine city and its port extends to a length of 10 kilometres.
In the past, Bergen used to be quite secluded from the rest of the country. This changed when, in 1909, the railway network was founded. Bergen, being the westernmost urban area in Norway, was soon converted into a major marine crossroad, attracting more and more Hanseatic merchants. During the 14th century, Bergen was already the seat of the Kingdom of Norway.
A city much adored and referenced to in the Scandinavian Vikings tales, Bergen is the birthplace of Edvard Grieg and Henrik Ibsen.
Visitors in Bergen enjoy an exquisite landscape with unique elements and a great variety; glaciers, deep fjords under snowy peaks, mesmerising waterfalls and quaint valleys, all within a short distance from the city!
Bergen’s international airport (Bergen lufthavn, Flesland) is located 21 kilometres from the city centre and is accessible by airport buses.
Getting around Bergen
You can get around Bergen by bus, tram, trolley and train. Fares start at 29.00 ΝΟΚ and minimum taxi fare costs around 44.00 ΝΟΚ.
Bergen is a genuinely marine city, with the port (Vågen) being the main focal point of local life. You can start your day in Bergen with a long walk across the pier. Reaching the southern side, you will be welcomed by the fish market (Fisketorget), one of Europe’s oldest and most lively open-air markets. Feel free to buy fruit, vegetables, souvenirs and fresh fish!
At the port’s northern side, lies the area of Bryggen, a UNESCO site and surely Bergen’s most idyllic place. The area consists of a block full of medieval buildings that once belonged to the merchants of the Hanseatic era. Of the 58 houses you see today, about 25% are in their original state.
Within the same area, the Bryggens Museum, side by side the Håkonshallen tower, will provide all the information you need for you to understand the value of Bryggen.
Your next stop would be the Sandviken district, another historic part of Bergen. Highlight there is the Mariakirken church. This is Bergen’s oldest building and a fine example of Romanesque architecture, topped with beautiful baroque decoration with murals and sculptures.
Edvard Grieg was a famous Norwegian composer from Bergen. His home, Troldhaugen, is now a museum devoted to his life and work and is located a few kilometres outside the city, in a serene and romantic neighbourhood.
Continue to the Lake Lille Lungegårdsvann, around the University district, to find most of the city’s museums. Of particular interest are the following:
- The Bergen Kunst Museum houses Norway’s most impressive art collection, with more than 9,000 works of art
- The Bergen Billedgalleri gallery, part of the Bergen Kunst Museum, is dedicated to many notable Norwegian and international artists from the 13th to the 20th century
For your experience in Bergen to be completed, you should by all means visit the Aquarium (Akvariet)! One large and 42 smaller aquariums house many species of marine fauna – don’t miss the latest addition: the shark tank!Norwegian is the official language, but the majority of the locals speak exceptional English.