The City of Wood
Your first glimpse of this quaint town will be of the old Hanseatic Wharf, lined with narrow peak-roofed buildings in various colors.
Many old wooden houses survive here, making an exploration of the narrow lanes a worthwhile pursuit.
A funicular will take you from the city center to the top of Mt. Floyen, for an expansive view of the city below, and the surrounding mountains and fjords. If you are feeling energetic you can walk back down, enjoying the clear air and delights of nature, all the way to the bustle of the fish market, with its large selection of the freshest of seafood.
Originally built as a royal ceremonial hall in the 13th century, Håkoshallen now forms part of Bergen’s fortress. In 1261, King Magnus Håkonsoon and Princess Ingebord of Denmark were married in the hall. It’s said that the party, which included over 1,000 guests, lasted for three days and three nights.
St. Mary’s Church is the oldest building in Bergen dating back to the 12th century and perhaps its most eclectic as well. It was originally built in a romanesque style but later acquired a gothic choir and baroque pulpit and contains many great works of art from the medieval period.
Bergen Panoramic With Mount Floien
Bergen, Norway At a glance