Bergen Introduction Walk (Self Guided), Bergen

Bergen is the second largest city in Norway and a popular tourist destination. The town features numerous structures and buildings of a great value, as well as beautiful pedestrian streets lined with shops and restaurants. Don't miss the chance to visit some of its most popular tourist attractions listed below.
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Bergen Introduction Walk Map

Guide Name: Bergen Introduction Walk
Guide Location: Norway » Bergen (See other walking tours in Bergen)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 14
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.1 Km or 1.9 Miles
Author: Caroline
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Torgallmenningen
  • Lille Lungegårdsvannet
  • Bergen Kunstmuseum
  • Bergen Public Library
  • Bergen Railway Station
  • Marken
  • Bergen Cathedral
  • Bergen International Culture Center
  • Fløibanen
  • Hanseatic Museum
  • Kjøttbasaren
  • Fish Market
  • Vågen
  • Strandgaten

1) Torgallmenningen (must see)

Torgallmenningen is a street and a square located in the center of Bergen. Most of the street is closed to motor vehicles. The street is probably the most common meeting place for the people of Bergen. Adding to its popularity is the large number of shops and restaurants available thereon.
Lille Lungegårdsvannet

2) Lille Lungegårdsvannet

Lille Lungegårdsvannet is a lake in the center of Bergen. Until 1926 it was connected with the Store Lungegårdsvannet Bay that is located nearby. In the middle of the lake there is a big fountain with multiple jets and dancing lights.
Bergen Kunstmuseum

3) Bergen Kunstmuseum (must see)

The Kunstmuseum is a large art museum in Bergen. It displays great paintings, some of them by very famous artists, like Picasso, Paul Klee and many others. The museum has a collection of handicrafts and designs from the last five hundred years. Besides its permanent collection the museum also houses various temporary exhibitions.

Operation hours: September 1 - May 14: Tuesday - Friday: 11 am - 4 pm; Saturday - Sunday: 11 am - 5 pm; May 15 - October 31: Monday - Sunday: 11 am - 5 pm
Bergen Public Library

4) Bergen Public Library

The Bergen Public Library was founded in 1872 and is the second largest public library in Norway. Designed by architect Olaf Nordhagen in a neo-Romanesque style (after he won the 1906 architectural contest), the building was erected in 1917. In addition to the main building in the city centre, the Public Library operates six branch offices, the library service in Bergen's two prisons, and a library bus.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Bergen Railway Station

5) Bergen Railway Station

Bergen Station is the main railway station in the city and is one of the grandest in Norway. The architect, Jens Zetlitz Monrad Kielland, also designed Gamlehaugen and the stone buildings at Bryggen. The building has been protected against non-trivial modifications since 2003. It is located on the east side of the city centre and has four platforms. The station was opened in 1913, four years after the Bergen Line itself opened; it replaced a former main station that was located further west.
Sight description based on wikipedia

6) Marken

Marken is a pedestrian street in Bergen, along which many beautiful architectural buildings and a number of cafes can be found. But it is famous primarily for the many shops that it's lined with. These stores offer a wide range of products, including clothes, jewelry, crafts and many more.
Bergen Cathedral

7) Bergen Cathedral (must see)

Bergen Cathedral is the seat of the Diocese of Bjørgvin. Located in the city centre of Bergen, the first recorded reference to it is dated 1181. After the fires of 1623 and 1640, Bergen Cathedral received its current general appearance. The steeple on the nave was torn down, and the current tower was built. During the renovation in the 1880s by architect Christian Christie, the Rococo interior was replaced to give the interiors back their former medieval appearance. A cannonball from the 1665 Battle of Vågen between the English and Dutch fleets remains embedded in the cathedral's exterior wall.
Bergen International Culture Center

8) Bergen International Culture Center

The Bergen International Culture Center is part of the Bergen Kommune Culture Department. It was inaugurated in 1993 and is located in the center of the city. The center's purpose is to raise the public awareness of the rich local ethnic background. About 70 organizations maintain ties with this cultural center.

9) Fløibanen (must see)

Fløibanen is a funicular in Bergen which runs up the mountain of Fløyen. It is one of the city's major tourist attractions and one of Norway's most visited sights. Over 1 million passengers per annum have used it in recent years. Fløibanen was officially launched on 15 January 1918. Two cars, each holding approximately 80 passengers, operate between the centre of Bergen and Fløyen on a regular basis. The whole trip takes about 7 minutes, if calling at all stops, or 3 minutes 20 seconds non-stop. The funicular is fully wheelchair-accessible at the bottom and the top stations only.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Hanseatic Museum

10) Hanseatic Museum (must see)

The Hanseatic Museum and Schøtstuene is dedicated to the Hanseatic period. The main part of the museum it located in one of the conserved wooden buildings on Bryggen. This building was constructed after a fire in 1702 when most of the centre of Bergen burned down. The museum was started in a building owned by merchant J.W. Olsen in 1872. As the collection grew, another building, "Murtasken", was constructed from a drawing by architect V.D. Lippes. There is an authentic trading room in the museum including a merchant's office, sleeping places for the boys and a guest-room.

Operation hours: May 1 – September 30: Monday - Sunday: 9 am – 6 pm; October 1– April 30: Tuesday – Saturday: 11 am – 2 pm; Sunday: 11 am – 4 pm
Sight description based on wikipedia

11) Kjøttbasaren

Kjøttbasaren is a large market in the center of the city, located close to the Fish Market. It dates back to the second half of the 19th century. Fresh fruits and vegetables can be purchased here, however the market is particularly famous for the huge variety of quality meat.
Fish Market

12) Fish Market (must see)

The Bergen Fish Market is the most famous, as well as the oldest market in the city. Located by the harbor, this market is one of the best places in the area to buy things, as well as to just observe the locals doing their daily activities. Even though it is called the Fish Market, many other goods are for sale here, like clothes, fruits, and vegetables.

13) Vågen (must see)

Vågen is a bay to be found in the center of Bergen. From its shore the bay spans an impressive view with sailing ships and flying seagulls. Also from here you can have a great view over the old Hanseatic commercial buildings of Bryggen. The bay is particularly beautiful at sunset.

14) Strandgaten

Strandgaten is a long and very crowded shopping street in Bergen. The street has many shops that sell a giant variety of goods, most of them located in the pedestrian area. The street officially received its name only in the 19th century; however, it had gone by this name since the 12th century when it became an important trading street.

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