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Bergen's Architectural Jewels (Self Guided), Bergen

Bergen is an astounding city in Norway, well-known for its beautiful cityscape and architectural masterpieces which can be seen on each corner of every street. The following walking tour will guide you to the most architecturally beautiful buildings in Bergen.
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Bergen's Architectural Jewels Map

Guide Name: Bergen's Architectural Jewels
Guide Location: Norway » Bergen (See other walking tours in Bergen)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.1 Km or 3.2 Miles
Author: stacey
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Haakon's Hall
  • Rosenkrantz Tower
  • St. Mary's Church
  • Bergen Cathedral
  • Bergen Railway Station
  • Bergen Public Library
  • Den Nationale Scene
  • Damsgård Manor
Haakon's Hall

1) Haakon's Hall (must see)

Haakon's Hall is a medieval stone hall located inside the fortress. The hall was constructed in the middle of the 13th century, during the reign of King Håkon Håkonsson (1217-1263). In medieval times, it was the largest building of the royal palace in Bergen, the then capital of Norway. It was built as a replacement for older wooden structures on the site. It is the largest secular medieval building in Norway. The hall is built in Gothic style. In addition to the great hall itself, there were two more levels, a cellar and a middle floor. The hall's similarity to English structures of the same time, and the fact that monumental stone building was relatively uncommon in Norway at the time, has led to an assumption that the hall was designed by English architects, possibly the court architect of King Henry III of England, with whom King Håkon was on friendly terms.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Rosenkrantz Tower

2) Rosenkrantz Tower (must see)

The Rosenkrantz Tower is one of the most prominent buildings of Bergenhus Fortress. The tower takes its name from governor Erik Rosenkrantz. It was during his reign (1559–1568) that the tower received its present shape and structure. The oldest part of the building, however, is made up of a medieval tower, known as the "Keep by the Sea", built by King Magnus the Lawmender in the 1270s as part of the royal castle in Bergen. The keep was slightly modified around 1520, then extensively modified and expanded in the 1560s by Scottish stonemasons and architects in the service of Erik Rosenkrantz to attain its present form. Rosenkrantz's building contained dungeons on the ground floor, residential rooms for the governor higher up, and positions for cannons on the top floor.
Sight description based on wikipedia
St. Mary's Church

3) St. Mary's Church (must see)

St Mary's Church is the only remaining of the twelve churches and three monasteries built in Bergen between its foundation during the reign of Olav Kyrre (1066–93, traditionally 1070) and the end of the twelfth century. St Mary's Church is likely to have been built by craftsmen from Scania, then part of Denmark. The church's style is remiscient of that of Lund Cathedral in Scania. St Mary's Church is a two-towered, three-naved, mainly Romanesque style church. The eastern part of the choir shows some Gothic influence reminiscent of the Haakon's Hall, likely caused by the reconstruction after the 1248 fire. The church is constructed mainly in soapstone, the oldest parts being built of the highest quality soapstone. Shale is used sporadically. At least three different types of soapstone is used, and it is likely that the stone comes from several different quarries in the district.
Bergen Cathedral

4) 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 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
Bergen Public Library

6) 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
Den Nationale Scene

7) Den Nationale Scene (must see)

Den Nationale Scene is the oldest theatre in Bergen. It features three stages and is well-known for staging contemporary and classical plays. The theater is housed in an old Art Nouveau building, erected in 1909, which was designed by Einar Oschar Schou, a Norwegian architect.
Damsgård Manor

8) Damsgård Manor (must see)

Damsgård is one of the few buildings of the Rococo architectural style in Norway, and is unusual as a Rococo wooden structure in Europe. The facade of the main building exaggerates the dimensions of the house itself, and two windows are painted on to create symmetry. The building's interior layout has been restored to its original, early 18th century plan, and the interior to the different eras of Damsgård's history. The estate has two gardens inside its walls and one outside. The eastern garden, located inside, is known as the "Master's garden", the western garden, also located inside the walls, is known as the "Mistress's garden", while the garden outside is known as the "English garden".
Sight description based on wikipedia

Walking Tours in Bergen, Norway

Create Your Own Walk in Bergen

Create Your Own Walk in Bergen

Creating your own self-guided walk in Bergen is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Bergen Shopping Tour

Bergen Shopping Tour

Bergen is probably one of the oldest shopping destinations in the world. For centuries, since its formation, the city has been a very important commercial hub. Today Bergen features a variety of shops and markets scattered around the city. However, it should be noted that Norway is an expensive country and Bergen is not an exception.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.4 Km or 0.9 Miles
Bergen's Historical Churches

Bergen's Historical Churches

Over the centuries of Bergen's existence, many places of worship have been built here to meet the requirements of the continuously growing religious population. Some of the churches are as old as the city itself, and date back to the 11th century, thus representing true architectural and spiritual heritage.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.8 Km or 2.4 Miles
Bergen's Cultural Venues

Bergen's Cultural Venues

Bergen is a city with an old rich culture. It has plenty of venues like theatres, cinemas, museums, galleries, concert halls and others. Music and art are popular here and the city has a vivid cultural scene. Take this walking tour to learn more about Bergen'a culture.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 Km or 1.7 Miles
Bergen Introduction Walk

Bergen Introduction Walk

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.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.1 Km or 1.9 Miles
Museums and Galleries in Bergen

Museums and Galleries in Bergen

Throughout history, Bergen has been an important city for Norwegian economy. The history of the city spans over a millennium with Bergen being a capital city and an important trading center. Some truly amazing artifacts are proudly displayed in the museums and galleries of Bergen. This tour will take you through the most impressive of them.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 Km or 1.7 Miles