Friday, July 25, 2008

Things to do in Bergen

In a continuation of yesterday’s section on things to do in Bergen, consider the following if you travels ever take you to this beautiful Norwegian city.

The Funicular
The Fløibanen funicular will take you to the top of Mt. Fløien in 7 minutes, where you can enjoy the view or take a walk on one of the many paths through the forest. There is a restaurant open daily during the summer.

Self-guided walks
Stroll through historic Bergen, with a self-guided tour of Norway's largest city during the Middle Ages. Start at the Håkon's Hall which King Håkon built in 1261. Continue to the Rosenkrantz Tower and St. Mary's Church.

The wharf
Bryggen, formerly the hanseatic quarter and featuring an informative museum, is now home to many unique shops, restaurants and narrow alleyways.

The Fish Market
The fish market is one of the most known attractions in Bergen and Norway. With more then 40 permanent traders is the fish market in Bergen one of the biggest open-air markets in Norway. The market - better known as "fishmarket" - does not only trade fish, but also fruits, vegetables, flowers, knitwears, handicrafts, artware and souvenirs. Beside the permanent traders you will find some temporary traders - especially in summertime. Opening hours in the Summer: Mon - Sun: 7:00 am - 7:00 pm. Winter: Mon - Sat.: 7:00 am - 4:00 pm, Sunday closed.

Bergen Guided Tours
Bergen Guided Tours offers a 3-hour extensive guided city sightseeing tour including a visit to Troldhaugen, Edvard Grieg's home. Tour I: City Sightseeing with visit to Troldhaugen and Old Bergen Museum.Tour II: City Sightseeing with visit to Fantoft Stave Church and Troldhaugen.

Bergens Expressen
A 1-hour guided tour on the sightseeing train "Bergens-Expressen" takes you through the central streets of Bergen, past the Fish Market, along the harbor and the Hanseatic Wharf Bryggen. Drive up to Mount Fløien, to enjoy a view of Bergen. Departs from the fishmarket.

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