The Tourist-Friendly Bergen, Norway
A great city to explore on foot is obviously Bergen in Norway. What makes it a tourist-friendly destination are the alleyways, old streets and the history of people living in the area like a fairy-tale. Cobbled streets, wooden houses and flowers everywhere are among the things that will first welcome you to Bergen. There a lot of activities and things to see in the city.
Below is the list of what you should do in Bergen:
Fantoft Stave Church
You will find Fantoft Stave Church located near to Troldhaugen. Originally built in 1150 in Sogn, Fantoft Stave Church was later burnt down in 1992 after it was moved to Fantoft in 1883. However, the church has now been rebuilt to attract tourists to the area. The design takes the style as it was before it was burnt down in fire.(Image by Grand Parc – Bordeaux, France)
If you’re looking to admire the penguins and seals, you can also visit the Bergen aquarium to get a close view of all the creatures that live below the surface of the sea. In the tropical section, you can meet snakes, crocodiles, marmosets and tortoises. We’re pretty sure that children will really love this activity as well!
The Royal Residence
Håkon’s Hall, a banqueting hall, is also known as The Royal Residence. King Håkon Håkonsson built it from 1247 and 1261. Adjacent to it is the Rosenkrantz Tower which was built dating back around 1270s. The tower has been extended several times to display power vis-à-vis the headstrong Hanseatic merchants and to act as a fortification.
The Fish Market and Fløibanen Funicular
The Bergen Fish Market is a busy area, however, if you take an easy walk through the delightful scenery up to 320 meters above sea level to the top of the Fløien Mountain, you will get the golden opportunity of viewing the entire Bergen city from there, including the fjords, mountains and of course, the sea. For a truly Bergen experience, try to wander along the “smau”, the narrow passageways where you get to see a few old wooden houses still survive by wonderfully snuggling into the hillside.
For another attraction around Bergen, you should also do a few fjords tours toward the Western Norway. There’s a reason why Bergen is called as the “Gateaway to the Fjords”. With plenty of round trips from Bergento and full-day tours, you will go back home with unforgettable experience in the country.
Langøy Coastal Culture Centre
On the west side of the Sotra island Langøyna, you will find Langøy Coastal Culture Centre, sheltered from open sea and the wind. This is the place where you can learn about traditional livelihoods along the coast: Farming and fishing, with trading, telephone and postal services as extra means of income.(Image by bjarne.stokke)
Bergen can easily be reached via trains as well. There are plenty of train systems going around Norway from another European countries. Our suggestion is to check with Rail Europe for a better schedule of which trains that move and travel around Bergen. It is truly a one-of-a-kind place to visit in the region. There’s nothing beat the city more than the fairytale-like environment there. Are you feeling a little Disney-like now?
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