A place that definitely should not be ignored is the Bergen Aquarium. On its territory there are more than 70 aquariums, 3 outdoor pools with seals, fur seals, penguins and carps, as well as a terrarium with snakes and crocodiles. The Bergen Aquarium houses one of the most complete collections of marine fauna in Europe. Various shows and performances are held here daily, so it will be fun for both children and adults.
This aquarium is considered the largest and oldest in Norway. For fifty years now he has been delighting his visitors. In front of the building there is an open "home" of penguins with small houses, podiums and pools. Visitors can watch how sharply jump into the pool, and then these funny black and white birds bask in the sun. Inside there is a labyrinth of aquariums with various fish and mammals, which are so nice to watch. There is also a special hotel dedicated to tropical countries, where you can see crocodiles, anacondas, turtles, spiders, monkeys and other exotic animals.
For children, a playground with a sandbox, slides and a play area was built on the territory of the building. Also, for younger visitors, screenings of cartoons and films dedicated to marine life are organized.
This is a district consisting of small wooden houses painted yellow, green and red, lined on the eastern shore of the Vogen Bay - this is the landscape that opens the view of the city.
Bruggen is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and those houses were once important warehouses for storing grain, as well as fish caught in the north.
Almost a millennium ago, a city appeared on this coast, and already in the 14th century, the Bruggen area became the so-called “Office” - a foreign trade center for the entire Hanseatic League, which included all of Northern Europe at that time.
The architecture of the district suffered in a fire in 1702, however, during the construction and restoration of the district, the same centuries-old foundations were used as they were before.
Address: Bryggen, Bryggen, Bergen, Norway.
Museum of the Hanseatic League and Søtstuene
The elegant wooden building that houses the Hanseatic League Museum was built after a fire in the early 18th century and is one of the oldest wooden buildings in Bergen. Since 1872, there has been a museum documenting the 400-year history of the association of the German merchant guild with Bergen (from about 1350 to 1750).
This building is the only one in Bruges that has retained its original appearance. Inside it, it was forbidden to make bonfires for any purpose - whether it be lighting, heat or cooking - because of the danger of a fire. The inhabitants of the building spent days on the lower floors, where warehouses and study rooms were located, and nights spent in dormitories upstairs.
With the same ticket you can visit Schötstuene, which includes the assembly halls of the Hanseatic League meetings, where assemblies, banquets and courts took place.
Address: Hanseatic Museum and Schøtstuene, Finnegården, Bergen, Norway.
Church of St. Mary
The oldest building in all of Bergen is located near the Bruggen area and is an extremely unusual example of Romanesque architecture on Norwegian soil. St. Mary's Church was built in the mid-12th century.
The peculiarity of the church is that no other church in all of Norway can boast a similar western facade with seemingly banal square towers and semicircular windows typical of the Romanesque style.
In front of the church there are pointed window openings indicating belonging to another style - Gothic. This is very logical, since this part of the church was rebuilt after a fire in 1248. But the southern part is a Romanesque style in the flesh: even the doorposts are decorated with characteristic animal and leafy patterns.
The greatest treasure of the church is, of course, its altar, carved in the capital of the Hanseatic League, Lubeck, in the 15th century. The altar is crowned with a triptych, in the center of which there is a Madonna and Child, on the right hand - St. Olav and St. Anthony, and on the left - St. Catherine and St. Dorothea.
Address: St. Mary’s Church, Dreggsallmenningen, Bergen, Norway.
Fleyen and funicular Fleibanen
If you are still tormented by questions about what to see in Bergen, then here's another option - just 150 meters from Bryggen you can take the funicular, which at the moment takes you to the top of the 425-meter high mountain Flejen. The Fleyenbahnen funicular was launched in 1918 and to this day remains Bergen's most popular entertainment.
You will overcome the 850-meter-long and 300-meter-long highway in just 6 minutes. Upon arrival, you can look at the nearby expanses from the Fletrappene observation deck, enjoy the view of the city, the fjords and the water current that makes its way to and from the North Sea.
Perhaps this mountain balcony will be the end of your walk, or maybe you decide to linger and sit in a restaurant with a playground.
Address: Fløibanen, Vetrlidsallmenningen, Bergen, Norway.
Trollhaugen, home of Edward Grieg
The outstanding Norwegian composer Edward Grieg has lived the last 20 years of his life in this picturesque villa on a hilltop near Lake Nordos. Trollhaugen, which means “Troll House”, was designed by Grieg's cousin - Jacques Bull - and built in 1885.
When Grieg was in Norway, he spent every summer with his wife here, composing plays in this cozy hut overlooking the lake. In 1985, a small audience of Trollsalen with 200 seats was built there, and 10 years later the museum building was supplemented by an exhibition about the life and work of the great composer.
The house itself now is a cozy and lively museum with many personal items from the Grieg family.
Address: Edvard Grieg Museum Troldhaugen, Troldhaugvegen, Paradis, Norway.
Art Museums KODE
In 2013, a group of four cultural sites of Bergen was united in a common art space called KODE. A single ticket opens the door to any of the four attractions.
KODE 1 holds masterpieces of design and architecture, gold and silver jewelry and objects produced in Bergen, outstanding paintings by old masters, as well as European and Asian antiques are constantly exhibited there.
KODE 2 is a museum of modern art. At the time of preparation of the material there is an exhibition of creativity by the Japanese installation artist Tikharu Shiota.
KODE 3 is a Golden Age concentration of Norwegian art, adorned with the finest paintings by expressionist Edward Munch and romantic Johan Christian Dahl.
KODE 4 is a completely art museum, where in addition to the mentioned Dahl, the works of Paul Klee, Picasso and Asger Jorn are also exhibited. KODE 4 also welcomes visitors with children. For young art lovers, there is a special Kunstlab where children can discover creativity through play.
Address: West Norway Museum of Decorative Art, Nordahl Bruns gate, Bergen, Norway.
It is the highest mountain of seven located around Bergen. Its height is 643 meters, and getting to the top, as in the case of Fleyen, is not as difficult as it seems at first glance. The Ulriksbanen air tram, operating since 1961, will take you to the top of Ulriken.
A spectacular view awaits you, telescopes, a restaurant and a television tower that can be seen from anywhere in Bergen.
If you are a risky person, you can abandon the tram and use the system of mountain trails created specifically for travelers like you. This route starts in Montana, which can be reached by bus number 12. In good weather, the journey will take about an hour and a half.
Once on Ulriken and feeling that you still have a lot of strength, you can go along the Widden trail to Mount Fleyen.
Address: Ulriken, Bergen, Norway.
Not far from Bergen is the second longest fjord in Norway, and you will have no problem getting to it. You will need at least a day to at least partially enjoy the rich scenery of this area.
Hardangerfjord is also a unique Norwegian orchard. At the base of the towering cliffs, lush apple trees spread their branches, and the earth was dotted with aromatic strawberries. In season, you can buy apples at the price that you yourself can pay, and visit the Norwegian villages with pristine folk culture.
If you want to see the virgin nature and the unthinkable topography of steep coastal cliffs, then you need to go to the Trolltung plumb (“Troll Tongue”) or to the Folgufun glacier.
Address: Hardanger Fjord, Norway.
From the mid-13th century, this fortress guarded the entrance to the Vogen Bay. The current view of the fortress is largely due to the culture of the 19th century, however, there are buildings whose construction dates back to the interval between the 13th and 20th centuries (for example, German bunkers from the Second World War).
One of the oldest rooms of the fortress is the elegant Haakon Hall. This ceremonial hall was built in the middle of the 13th century under King Haakon IV - it was here that the wedding of his son Magnus VI of Norway and Ingeborg of Denmark took place. Both Romanesque and Gothic window openings are located on the walls, and a raven “step” pediment crowns the facade.
For history buffs, an independent walk through the fortifications is a must! To their surprise, they will find that German bunkers, security rooms, commandant's offices, stables and warehouses are now used for noisy summer outdoor concerts.
Address: Bergenhus Fortress, Vågen, Bergen, Norway.
In the Gulf of Vogen, south of the Bergenhus fortress, stands another structure of real historical value. The tower is named after the nobleman Eric Rosencrantz, who led the restructuring of the tower into one of the main residences of the Norwegian king in the 16th century, during the Renaissance.
The tower has stood on this site since the 13th century - then it was the home of King Eric II, the last king at whom the royal court was located in Bergen.
The structure of the tower was as follows: on the upper floors was the residence of the king, and later the governor, and the basement served as a dungeon until the 19th century. In the 1740s, the upper floors were converted into a powder warehouse, which they remained until the 1930s.
Now tourists visit this tower in many ways in order to climb to the very top along a gloomy, narrow, mysterious staircase and see the Vogen Bay from the roof of the Rosencrantz tower.
Address: Rosenkrantztårnet, Bergenhus, Bergen, Norway.
Fantoft ChurchDal Lu
If you take the Bergen light rail train, you will quickly get to this wooden reconstructed church a few kilometers south of the city center. The timber-framed wooden church in Fantoft originally stood in the village of Fortuna in the Sogn district and was erected around 1150.
In 1883, the church was moved in parts to Bergen in order to save it from demolition. Alas, in 1992, attackers set fire to the church and destroyed it, but over the next five years it was completely restored.
The modern church in Fantoft is a memorable sight, even though only small parts remained of its original appearance: a golden altar cross, relics on one of the walls and a stone cross brought from the municipality of Sola.
Address: Fantoft Stave Church, Fantoftvegen, Bergen, Norway.
In Damsgordsundt there is an estate that can rightfully be considered the best wooden mansion in the Rococo style in the world. The Damsgård estate was built in the 70s of the eighteenth century for the Minister of War Joachim Christian Helmuiden Güldenkrantz at the time when aristocrats began to settle on the outskirts of the city.
In summer, the territory is completely open to visitors, before the eyes of which opens the Garden of Lords and the Garden of the Lady, decorated with statues, topiary and geometric flower beds. There is another garden - English - with a wavy lawn and a pond.
As for the building itself, you can watch elite decor of the 18th century for excursions from 12 to 14 hours on weekdays and at one in the afternoon - on Sundays.
Address: Damsgård hovedgård, Alléen, Laksevåg, Norway.
Science Center VilVite
If you are in Bergen with young children, and today you are not lucky with the weather, then a trip to the VilVite Research Center is a combination of business with pleasure. There are 75 different stations, at each of which games and interactive experiments await your children, with the help of which the educational process is organized in Norway.
Children can become TV hosts and conduct weather forecasts, operate a container ship, drill oil, go upside down on the G-Force or ride a bike on the highway.
The topics of almost all stations are focused on energy, ocean and weather. 3D movie screenings and specially organized science shows are also held on weekends and school holidays.
Address: VilVite Science Center, Thormøhlens Gate 51, 5006 Bergen, Norway.
The first mention of the wonderful Bergen Cathedral dates back to 1181, when he began his life as a monastic church. It was during the restoration of the cathedral after the fires of 1623 and 1640 that its facade took on its current appearance, and the architect Christian Christie added the Rococo-style interior during the renovation in the 1880s.
During the tourist season, from early June to late August, the cathedral is open to visitors on weekdays, when you can visit excursions in English. In the rest of the year, the cathedral is extremely rare for visitors.
Address: Bergen Cathedral, Domkirkeplassen, Bergen, Norway.
The museum owes its existence to disaster - as they say, there would be no happiness, but misfortune helped. In 1955, it shook over the entire area; after it was extinguished, archaeological excavations were carried out at the ruins. Discoveries made during these excavations revealed details of medieval life and commerce in Bruges.
All that was found is now in an ancient museum founded by unknown masters. The museum displays medieval weights, jewelry, and many runic inscriptions engraved on wood.
Address: Bryggens Museum, Dreggsallmenningen, Bergen, Norway.
On the inner promenade of Vogen Bay, there is a place where fishermen sell their catch from the 13th century. And although today's fish market is more focused on tourists, it remains the place that you must visit when you visit Bergen.
There are open stalls next to the new indoor hall, which is more of a culinary than a traditional market.
Inside, you can eat some freshly squeezed oysters with a glass of Riesling, warm fish soup, mango-salmon roll or fried squid, or just spend money on incredibly tasty but expensive food.
Opening hours of the external market are greatly reduced in winter - then it works only on weekends. In summer, you can come here at any time and marvel at the generosity of the North Sea, which bestows Norwegians with its wealth.
Address: Fishmarket in Bergen, Torget, Bergen, Norway.
Old Bergen Open Air Museum
In the old district of Sandviken, there is an open-air Old Bergen Museum - a museum of living history, dipping its visitors in the early 19th century. The museum was opened in 1946 as part of a program to preserve the historical heritage of Bergen.
At the moment, the museum has 55 original wooden buildings that once stood in the city center. Arriving on an excursion to this Old Bergen, visitors can live to see what the life of the city residents consisted of many years ago.
Throughout the year, the museum also holds special events dedicated to calendar celebrations - during these periods, performances on the city square are staged several times a day.
Address: Gamle Bergen Museum - Bymuseet i Bergen, Nyhavnsveien, Bergen, Norway.
University Museum of Bergen
Bergen is famous for its universities, which, in turn, are known throughout the world for their museum collections. You can devote an entire day to this and study a collection of natural history, a collection of cultural history, or a collection of navigation.
If you suddenly get tired of getting additional education in the museum, take a walk through the Botanical Garden. Did you run out of flowers in the garden? Then your path lies in the nearby Nigardspark, where not only amazing flora awaits you, but also the famous Gustav Vigeland fountain.
And then go to the Norwegian arboretum - it has a rich collection of 5 thousand plants from around the world.
Address: University Museum of Bergen, Haakon Sheteligs plass 10, 5020 Bergen, Norway.
On the island of Lysem, which is located in the suburb of Fana, there is a very romantic villa built in 1873, which belonged to the famous Norwegian violinist Ole Bull.
Since 1973, tourists have been opened the entrance to the estate, and they had the opportunity to walk along 13 kilometers of paths and paths, enjoy a picnic in the gazebo or just relax on the shore of one of the many ponds. An excursion program also works here, during which you will learn everything about the house and its surroundings.
The ruins of the Abbey (or Monastery) Lays is another important attraction of the island. The abbey was founded in 1146 by monks from British York, and it became the first Cisterian monastery in Norway.
Address: Lysøen, 5215 Lysekloster, Norway.
The Bergen Royal Residence, Banquet Hall and Haakon Hall were built special for the Norwegian King Haakon Haakonsson in 1261. In 1950, the building was completely restored and to this day it is open to visitors all year round.
Nearby stands the Rosencrantz Tower, dating from the 1270s. This exquisite work of the Renaissance has been expanded several times to serve as the best strengthening and show of strength. Tourists can climb the roof, which offers a wonderful view of the city, and during the tour can also visit other rooms, including an ominous dungeon.
Address: Gamlehaugen, Gamlehaugvegen, Paradis, Norway.
How to get to Bergen
Bergen can be reached by planethere is an airport. But there are no direct flights from Russia to Bergen. You will have to fly from Russia with a change in Oslo or Stockholm. There is a direct flight from Riga. Search for airline tickets at aviasales.ru. A bus from the airport to the center costs 100 NOK (∼11 €) if ordered on the Internet and 115 NOK if taken from the driver, if you immediately take 170 NOK back and forth. All in the best Norwegian traditions - 11 € per 25 minutes by bus.
It makes no sense to spend a few days in Bergen. It is an expensive and very tourist city. It is worth renting a car and traveling around the fjord region. View the cost of car rental in Bergen. Prices for car rental start from 55 € per day. The roads in Norway are excellent, it makes no sense to take an all-terrain vehicle.
By train. The Norwegian Railways website will help you buy a ticket. The fare from Oslo Airport to Bergen is from 450-950 NOK depending on the time of departure. The duration of the trip is 7-8 hours. You can buy a ticket right at the station before departure, but it is important to remember that ticket vending machines do not take any plastic cards other than Norwegian cards, so you need to have cash crowns.
By bus. The Norwegian intercity bus website will help you buy a ticket. The fare is 500-700 NOK. But the bus will go as much as 10-odd hours. There are no motorways in Norway; mountain serpentines are periodically found.
Buses and trains in Norway actively use floating fares, it is better to take tickets on the Internet, the driver will always have a higher price.
Bergen for motorists
Entrance to Bergen is paid. The cost is 19 NOK (∼2 €) all the time, except during rush hour (06: 30-08: 59 and 14: 30-16: 59). At the indicated time, the entrance fee is 45 NOK (∼5 €). But at the entrance to the city there are no barriers, payment is possible only through the Visitors Payment system. We did not pay, so far retaliation has not caught up with us.
Parking at the Bergen Aquarium costs 25 NOK (∼2.7 €). Possible only from 6 a.m. to 24-00. maximum height 1.80 m.
Multi-level parking in the very center of Bergen - KlosterGarasjen operates around the clock and costs 12 NOK (∼1.3 €) per hour on Sundays, 24 NOK (∼2.6 €) per hour at any other time, but no more than 150NOK (∼16, 5 €) per day.
Other parking lots are located far from the center.
Should I take a Bergen Card
It makes sense to take the Bergen Card only if you are going to visit the many small museums in Bergen. The average price of a ticket to one of the small museums in Bergen is 80 NOK. The cost of a card for the day is 240 NOK.
From May 1 to September 30, a 50% discount on the funicular to Mount Floyen is provided, the rest of the time the funicular is free for Bergen Card holders.
The card does not include travel from the airport on an expensive bus.
25% discount on visits to the Bergen Aquarium.
|Museum||Adult ticket||Student or senior citizen||Children's ticket |
(4-15 years old)
|Funicular to the Floyen Mountain (there, back / one way)||90/45||—||45/23||215|
|Bergen Aquarium (May 1-August 31 / rest of the time)||270/220||185/160||185/160||—|
|Bruggen Waterfront Museum||80||40||0||—|
The museums are small and very heavily restored after the 1944 explosion. Those. the spirit of the Middle Ages is not there.
What to see in Bergen
Bergen is the second largest city in Norway, a cultural capital and all that, but by our standards it is a very small city with a population of only about 250,000 people. In St. Petersburg, for comparison, about 5 million, almost the entire population of Norway. It was founded in 1070, and in the XIII century it was the capital, kings and bishops who ruled the country lived here. The city inherited from the kings Bergenhus Castle.
Later in the XIV century, the city was inhabited by Hanseatic merchants, and just at that time the famous Bryggen promenadeUNESCO World Heritage Site. The offices of Hanseatic merchants have been in the city for 400 years.
The only attraction worth spending money in Bergen is the climb to Mount Floyen. From there you will see the whole city and you can make sure that it is actually very small.
Funicular on the Floyen Mountain
Prices for the climb to the cable car to the mountain, I quoted above. The height of the mountain is 320 meters above sea level. There is a trail along which you can climb this mountain on foot, which will save on tickets. Or you can climb the funicular and go down on foot.
Upstairs you will find a great view of the city and the sea and an expensive restaurant. Standard lunches are offered there for 375-495 NOK (∼41-54 €), and the gastronomic menu 600-875 NOK (∼65-95 €). There are no expensive restaurants in Norway in principle. Lunch can be bought in the store and brought with you to the mountain and have fun for a much more sane amount.
Bruggen (Bergen Embankment)
Bergen embankment flaunts on most tourist avenues in Norway. Previously, offices and warehouses of Hanseatic merchants were located in houses on the embankment. The oldest houses have been preserved since 1706, this is a considerable period for wooden houses, houses of an earlier construction burned down in fires. On the first floors of the houses are souvenir shops, prices are breathtaking.
The famous promenade of Bergen
It is interesting to walk between the houses.
The sides of the houses look ancient, they are well preserved for the tree, to see them saturated with something from decay, the smell is specific. In shops, everything is charged for tourists, expensive. Norwegian sweaters cost 2000 or more NOK, then we saw them for 700 (at the ferry pier on the Geiranger Fjord).
People sit on the parapet of an old well Just a beautiful house in Bergen
The Bergen Cathedral was closed for restoration and was completely wrapped in polyethylene, so we don’t have any photographs of it.
These are houses behind the famous facades. This house is already closer to the castle
2 comments on “The perfect plan for exploring Bergen, prices, photos, Norway”
Good evening Elena! Thanks for the interesting article. In a month we are going to Norway as a family. Arrival and departure from Oslo. Got cheap tickets. True, we have only 5 days. While I'm completely confused about how to plan everything there, I want to embrace the immense. I would be very grateful if you answer my questions:
1) from what I read, it is clear that renting a car is expensive, but does a family of 4 get around on public transport seem even more expensive?
2) you went up to the pulpit - how hard is it physically? we have a rather mediocre physical form, so we are thinking, can we handle it?
3) if you had only 5 days there, so that you, now with the knowledge of the area, would look first?
Thank you in advance for your response.
Hello! The fact is that 5 days to Norway is very small. Just moving from Oslo to the fjord region will take you one day and another day will take a return trip. Plus, the weather in Norway is not predictable, anything is possible. I think in your case you need to minimize mileage and give yourself more to walks in the fresh air. Look at our route and type in Google “To Norway like the first time” there is a very good article on how to get more done, less to fuss, but the route there, like ours, is designed for 10-11 days. Perhaps you should not go to the Stavanger region and climb Prekistulen. It is worthwhile to limit yourself to Geiranger, look at the glacier, the Trolls road, the Atlantic road and pick up something else along the road to Oslo and from Oslo.
The climb to Prekistulen itself is not very tiring, we are rather frail and we were already 40 years old when we did this. True, after such a walk I really want to sit down and take a nap, the fresh air intoxicates.
Car rental in your case will be more profitable, tickets for public transport are not cheap, and adjusting to the schedule is also difficult, so you will see even less.
My name is Elena.
I tell you how you can go where I was. From obtaining a visa to where to eat, what to do. I travel since 2008, always with my family. 23 countries, cities do not count. I answer questions in the comments on the posts. All photos are mine, without photoshop.
Another “fish spot” that I visited in Norway was the Bergen Aquarium. This place has existed for more than 50 years and it was opened already in 1960. The aquarium has a large variety of marine and other aquatic creatures. Most of them are representatives of the marine flora and fauna of the Norwegian fjords, but also not local amphibians and even penguins from the south pole live here.
The place is quite interesting: aquariums are presented in the museum, as well as an outdoor pool in which cute fur seals swim! Besides the fact that they just live here, seals also perform. Performances are arranged 3 times a day: as I recall, at 11 o’clock, then at 16, and then at 19.
At the entrance to the aquarium you will meet my favorite penguins. I love to watch these animals - they are so funny, with tummies and small paws. They “migrated” here from the south pole, but even in Bergen they feel quite comfortable :) I would like to say that despite the fact that this is one of the oldest aquariums in Norway, excellent conditions are created for all fish and amphibians, just as necessary for their existence: if they are southern guys, then they are given light and warmth, but if they are animals from the north, then their water is chilled, well, salty or fresh.
What else I liked: what events are taking place every hour in the water zoo. I already said about the concert of seals, penguins and crocodiles are also fed here. In addition to the "fat-bellied" crocodiles, you will also meet snakes on your way.
Pros of this place:
+ fur seal shows, feeding funny penguins
+ here you will see a variety of marine fauna
+ will be interesting for both adults and children
Cons of this place:
- Entry is not cheap, 270 kroons (10 euros)
The aquarium is open daily from 9:00 to 18:00. At the end of the route is a souvenir shop. I would also like to say that there is a description about each representative on specially info plates.