Bergen is a beautiful little city that sits along the shores of Norway’s Sognefjord. With so many mountains, fjords and hiking trails, there are plenty of things to see and do in this gorgeous Norwegian destination.
One of the must-see places to visit in Bergen is Bryggen – the colorful wooden houses on the old wharf that were once home to Hanseatic merchants. After exploring Bryggen, head a few blocks north to ride the Flibanen funicular up Mount Floyen for panoramic views and hiking trails.
Fantoft Stave Church
Fantoft Stave Church is one of the many famous Norwegian stave churches and a must-see for anyone planning to visit Bergen. The original stave church burned down in 1992, but you can now visit a replica of it instead.
The stave churches were unique to Norway and offer glimpses into the country’s history and culture. They also combine Norse mythology and Christianity, making them a big symbol of Norway’s culture.
In the 19th century, most of these stave churches were threatened with demolition. Fortunately, Consul Fredrik Georg Gade saved them by buying and moving them in pieces to Fana near Bergen in 1883.
If you’re a fan of the music of Edvard Grieg, this Bergen attraction is worth a visit. The home of the famous Norwegian pianist and composer is an enchanting villa overlooking Nordasvatnet lake.
It also has a museum, concert hall and a tiny hut where Grieg spent his summers. His and his wife’s grave sites are also within sight of the residence.
You can get to Troldhaugen by bus from the city center on a day trip from Bergen. The trip includes a 20-minute ride to the estate and a guided tour of the house and a lunchtime concert.
If you prefer a different type of transportation, you can also book a private express tour of Bergen and visit Troldhaugen on the way. The tour is a great option for a group, as it allows you to see all the key sights without compromising on time.
The Fish Market
If you’re a fisherman or simply a foodie, the Fish Market is a must-see. It’s been in operation since the 1200s and is a bustling place to explore.
Bergen is known for its fresh seafood so the stalls in the Fish Market will have something to suit your taste. From prepared plates to a full-on seafood feast, the choices are endless.
After your walk through the Fish Market, make sure to stop at the nearby Mathallen indoor market. Here the merchants have permanent shops and restaurants indoors, and they’re open all year round.
The Old Bergen Museum
Located slightly outside of the city, this enchanting open-air museum is one of the best things to do in Bergen. It’s a reconstructed town made up of around 50 wooden historic structures that date back to the 18th and 19th centuries, which is an incredible way to get an insight into what life was like in Norway during that time.
The Old Bergen Museum was opened in 1946 as an effort to preserve the old historical buildings of Bergen. The museum is now home to 55 stunning wooden homes that represent the 18th and 19th century, and also includes a number of costumed characters who take you through their day-to-day routines.
Whiskey & Beer Festival
The Whiskey & Beer Festival in Bergen is one of the largest festivals of its kind in Norway. It's a great way to experience a variety of beer and whiskey from all over the world.
It's also a fun and easy way to try a wide range of different styles, from traditional European ales to experimental brews. Plus, there are masterclasses for those who want to learn more about brewing techniques and styles.
When it comes to nightlife in Bergen, the city has plenty of options to keep you busy. From traditional Dutch pubs to high-end nightclubs, there's something for everyone.