Top attractions in Bergen
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.
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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
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.
5. 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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
- Norwegian Krone (kr)
- Time Zone
- UTC (+01:00)
- Country Code
- 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
We had an amazing experience in Bergen with ILZE. She picked-up us from the airport and showed all the best location and must see attractions in just a few hours from city walk to a short hike. We experienced Bergen as per our comfort and Ilze shared a lot of stories about the city's history and its culture. She helped us in taking some beautiful pictures too. We highly recommend Ilze and this tour.
This tour is a great way to see the diverse landscape of Norway in a complete package; Fjords, Mountains, coastal villages. Given that we took the tour in February meant no large crowds with plenty of space to roam around the boat for viewing and pictures. Just had some weather to contend with but was to be expected. Our guide Sonia was great. Very knowledgeable, personable and informative.
Had a lovely tour with Tommy who gave us lots of interesting background information about the places he took us. We saw things we wouldn’t have otherwise seen. Tommy was thoughtful, polite and generous with his time and knowledge.
Tommy was great and we were able to see a lot of Bergen despite the weather. He even got me a poncho! He’s very knowledgeable and will offer a lot of insight and history about the area. Will definitely recommend him!
An excellent experience so you don’t waste time figuring out which sights to see or get sucked into a “tourist trap.” Made our trip so much more worthwhile.