Bergen for Beginners

by Jamie Cave
(Edinburgh, Midlothian, UK)

As the second largest city in Norway, Bergen can be a busy and bustling place to visit. However, its status as a world heritage city combined with its international flavour makes it well worth discovering for yourself.

Bergen is also commonly known as the Gateway to the Fjords of Norway, thanks to its location nestled between the longest fjord Sognefjord to the north and the stunning Hardangerfjord to the south.

This means trips to the city can be easily complemented by a chance to see some of Norway's finest landscapes, and you'll find it's easy to book sightseeing tours and guided hikes to help you discover the fjords in all of their glory.

The Norwegian Fjords have also been awarded a place on UNESCO's World Heritage List, making them a real must see when you're in Norway. However, it's not only the areas natural wonders that have been recognised, as Bergen's unique architecture and historic spots have also gained a place on the list.

Discover some of the most notable sites in Bergen by being sure to wander down to the old Hanseatic wharf, which is the only one like it in the world and has become an iconic symbol of Norway. As a shipping and import town, much of Bergen's past is centred on the colourful harbour and you can still see many historic sights and tributes to important moments of the past in evidence today.

You'll also find there are plenty of plays, performances and films to be enjoyed in Bergen, thanks to its status as a European City of Culture. With one of the world's oldest symphony orchestras – as well as the country's first national theatre - calling Bergen its home, you can expect quality entertainment on your holiday. There are plenty of other styles to be enjoyed too, from visits from the world's biggest pop stars to some of the country's best choirs and jazz musicians.

Another great thing about holidaying in Bergen is the fact that you can walk across the city centre easily, meaning it's a great city to explore on foot. Also, the weather in Bergen is fairly stable, with cool summers and mild winters and it's one of Norway's warmest cities, so be sure to pack lightly and don’t forget your sunglasses.

Choose hotels in Bergen near the city centre and use them as a base to explore this friendly, historic and colourful city.

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