The heart of Bergen is Torgallmenningen, the city's central square, which runs from Ole Bulls plass to Fisketorget on the harbor, facing Bryggen. From here, the rest of Bergen spreads up the sides of the seven mountains that surround it, with some sights concentrated near the university and others near a small lake called Lille Lungegårdsvann. Fløyen, the mountain to the east of the harbor, is the most accessible for day-trippers. Before you begin your walking tour, you can take the funicular (cable car) up to the mountaintop for a particularly fabulous overview of the city.

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  • 1. Bryggen

    Bryggen | Historic District/Site

    A trip to this merchant city is incomplete without a trip to the historic Hanseatic harborside, Bryggen. A row of mostly reconstructed 14th...Read More

  • 2. Edvard Grieg Museum

    Paradis | Historic Home

    Built in 1885, Troldhaugen was the home of Norway's most famous composer, Edvard Grieg. He composed many of his best-known works in a garden...Read More

  • 3. Fløibanen

    Bryggen | Transportation Site (Airport, Bus, Ferry, Train)

    A magnificent view of Bergen and its suburbs can be taken in from the top of Mt. Fløyen, the most accessible of the city's seven mountains....Read More

  • 4. Gamle Bergen Museum

    Museum Village

    This open-air museum transports you to the 19th century, when Bergen consisted mostly of wooden houses. Streets and narrow alleys are lined...Read More

  • 5. KODE, kunstmuseene i Bergen

    Sentrum | Museum/Gallery

    An important Bergen institution and one of the largest museums for art, crafts, design, and music in Scandinavia, KODE is housed in several...Read More

  • 6. Akvariet i Bergen

    Nordnes | Zoo/Aquarium

    Focusing on fish found in the North Sea, the Bergen Aquarium is one of the largest in Europe. It has 60 tanks filled with dozen of species from...Read More

  • 7. Bergenhus Festning

    Bryggen | Museum/Gallery

    The major buildings at the medieval Bergenhus are Håkonshallen (Håkon's Hall) and Rosenkrantztårnet (Rosenkrantz Tower). Both are open to visitors...Read More

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  • 8. Bryggens Museum

    Bryggen | Museum/Gallery

    This museum contains archaeological finds from the Middle Ages. An exhibit on Bergen circa 1300 shows the town at the zenith of its importance...Read More

  • 9. Det Hanseatiske Museum og Schøtstuene

    Bryggen | Museum/Gallery

    One of the best-preserved buildings in Bergen, the Hanseatic Museum was the 16th-century office and home of an affluent German merchant. The...Read More

  • 10. Fantoft Stavkirke

    Paradis | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    During the Middle Ages, when European cathedrals were built in stone, Norway used wood to create unique stave churches. These cultural symbols...Read More

  • 11. Fisketorget

    Bryggen | Market/Bazaar

    In a strikingly modern building on the waterfront, the busy fish market is one of Bergen's most popular attractions. Turn-of-the-20th-century...Read More

  • 12. Grieghallen

    Sentrum | Arts/Performance Venue

    Home of the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and stage for the Bergen International Festival, this music hall is a conspicuous slab of glass and...Read More

  • 13. Lepramuseet

    Sentrum | Museum/Gallery

    St. George's Hospital tended to lepers for more than 500 years, and this unusual museum is now a memorial to the thousands who suffered from...Read More

  • 14. Ole Bull Museum

    Historic Home

    From 1873 onward, Lysøen ("island of light") was the home of the Norwegian violin virtuoso Ole Bull (1810–80). His over-the-top mansion has...Read More

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