The Bergen Experience !

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The old fire station

Bergen is great in the summer ! nothing like having an outdoor beer at bryggen whilst the sun is setting behind the citadel castle ( Rosenkranz tower). Bryggen is a creation of wooden houses dating back as far as the 16th. century when german traders settled in our pretty town.
It`s on the UNESCO list of world heritage, and rightly so...
The town was founded as early as 1070 AD, and was the capital of Norway for hundreds of year(why did it ever change?? I suppose proximity to Denmark was one of the points of the new capital.)
It has been the most important centre for trade and commerce in Norway for a very long time as well, but has had some turmoils over the centuries by multiple major fires, pirate attacks(!) and devastations from war. But it remains as the prettiest town in the country still, the one destination not to miss.

Torgalmenningen on the national day


continuing towards the center of the town is the fish market. This is where all the local fishermen used to come and have stands for selling their fish and fish products to the city people. Today its more of a market for tourists, as a lot of the products are overpriced, and almost none of the people behind the stands even speak norwegian(half of them are from Italy or spain).  But still it is worth going here for a nice fish meal at least once, as the price of a fish dinner at the outdoor Fish n`chips stand is quite agreeable.

Usually the city is bustling with life on a weekend, people everywhere, outdoor concerts and partitions. Lately we`ve even had a surge of new more exotic contributions from the third world ,such as Living statues, Native indian musicians, russian folk music groups and British street performers.

Stolzekleiven - the stairs up the mountain
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I`d reccomend visiting the mountains surrounding Bergen, the most obvious beeing Ulriken and Fløyen. Getting to Ulriken should be easy as there is a nice gondola taking people up and down every 10 minutes or so. Getting to Fløyen is just as easy, as there is a funicular track going up there. But I would reccomend walking down, as you will see much more of the city in that way.
An even better alternative is going to Sandviken, and get to a place called Stolzekleiven(you probably need to ask some locals to find it). This is a place where there is about 800 steps of stone buildt on the mountain side getting to the very top.
the view from the top is quite amazing, and from this top it`s an easy walk to get to Fløyen (where all the other tourists will be hanging around after talking the easy way up!)
That`s a little introduction, but I`m not gonna try to cover everything in one entry...oh no Sir..

jhwelsch says:
Definitely on my "bucket list"! Thanks for the insight, Stig!
Posted on: Sep 05, 2011
joehobo says:
It's nice to be happy of our hometown
Posted on: Oct 23, 2010
Vanessa_Mun_Yee says:
Thanks for sharing!
Posted on: Oct 28, 2009
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The old fire station
The old fire station
Torgalmenningen on the national day
Torgalmenningen on the national day
Stolzekleiven - the stairs up the …
Stolzekleiven - the stairs up the…
Bergen seen from the top of Stolze…
Bergen seen from the top of Stolz…
Me and my woman on top of the moun…
Me and my woman on top of the mou…
Me on fløyen , Bergen behind
Me on fløyen , Bergen behind
One of our nice alleys (no crazy p…
One of our nice alleys (no crazy …
The tram going up the mountain
The tram going up the mountain
top of city mountain
top of city mountain
View of the centre
View of the centre
from other sid of bryggen
from other sid of bryggen
View og Bryggen
View og Bryggen
At the beach summer -09
At the beach summer -09
Helleneset - closest beach to ci…
Helleneset - closest "beach" to c…
Enjoying nice weather in Bergen
Enjoying nice weather in Bergen
sunbathing at Vollane , 10 min fro…
sunbathing at Vollane , 10 min fr…
Meeting a goat along the road
Meeting a goat along the road
the king of goats !
the king of goats !
Me and buddy at festival in Bergen…
Me and buddy at festival in Berge…
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