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The 8 Best Things to Do in Bergen

Snug between mountains and fjords, a meandering tour along Bergen's cobblestone streets will guide you through its seafaring heritage. The bustling city offers foodies, art lovers, and music aficionados plenty of venues to soak up the local scene.

Bryggen

The wooden buildings on Bergen's iconic wharf are reflections of its history in the Hanseatic League. St. Mary's Church is Bryggen's tallest and oldest structure, dating to 1180.

Bryggens Museum

Built over Bryggen's first settlement, the main exhibition will take you back to Bergen's medieval past, and you'll see artifacts exactly where archaeologists found them.

Hanseatic Museum and Schøtstuene

The museum provides wonderful insight into daily life of German merchants living and working here during the Hanseatic era. The Schøtstuene are the former assembly halls in winter.

Bergenhus

It's one of Norway's best-preserved fortresses. The oldest structure on site, Håkon's Hall, dates to 1250, and was a royal residence during the Middle Ages.

Den Nationale Scene

Constructed in 1909 in traditional Art Nouveau style, Norway's oldest theater is a celebrated venue for classical and contemporary performances throughout the year.

Troldhaugen

This villa belonged to composer Edvard Grieg, whose Steinway piano still stands in the sitting room. He used to lock himself in the red hut down from the house in order to work.

Fløyen

Take the cable car to the top of this famous mountain and enjoy a bird's eye view 1049 feet above the city. Time it right for sunset and watch the urban lights flicker on.

Hardangerfjord

This renowned fjord boasts not only spectacular scenery of waterfalls, glaciers, and soaring mountains, but also activities, such as hiking and kayaking, for the adventurer in you.

Planning Your Bergen Visit

How many days to spend in Bergen?

You could spend three days exploring Bergen's attractions, tacking on another full day for a trip to the Hardangerfjord.

Getting around

You won't need a car to go sightseeing in Bergen. It's small, compact center makes it easy and fun to get around on foot. There are two daily departures on the Hardangerfjord Express to the town of Rosendal, and, of course, there's the option of taking a cruise through the fjord, which usually includes transportation by bus to the town of Norheimsund.

Where to stay in Bergen

Bergen is a small city and geographically compact. Whether you stay in the very heart of it or just beyond it, you'll still be able to reach the main attractions.

Good to Know

  • Language
    Norwegian
  • Currency
    Norwegian Krone (kr)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +47
  • Best time to visit
    May is the best time to visit the city. The temperature is mild, while rainfall is low, and the city has so many events on offer. The summer months are also quite enjoyable, though.

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What People Are Saying About Bergen

Good but there were long waits at main stops

Good system allowing get off time at certain points on the route. Commentary a bonus

Great way to get an overall view of Bergen

A good tour with interesting commentary but would have been happier with more frequent buses. However, Bergen is small enough to walk to most places.

24 Hour Bergen Hop-on Hop off Sightseeing Tour Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 07/16/2013

Bergen
4.6
Based on 16 reviews by GetYourGuide customers