Four Breaks in Bergen
Posted on February 11, 2013 by sguese
Across seven hills and seven fjords, you will find Bergen. The UNESCO World Heritage listed Bryggen and bussing Vagen harbour are the centerpieces of this town. However, Bergen is no secret, a popular spot for tourists in the summertime. Who can blame them for flocking all the way up here? With great museums, friendly locales and cute cable cars to help travelers get around, Bergen makes its worth it for climbing all the way up there.
Cruise to the area’s fantasy villa: If you hire a car while in Bergen, you can cruise with your rented wheels to Lysøen Estate, twenty kilometers south of Bergen. The beautiful estate was built in 1873 as the summer resident of renowned Norwegian violinist Ole Bull. The violinist wanted to build a structure out of fantasy, enlisting the help of architect Conrad Fredrick von der Lippe.
Explore Bergen’s many museums: Bergen is known for its great museums including the Hanseatic Museum and the Railway Museum. The Hanseatic Museum provides a look into the world of the hanseatic traders. Set up in a rough timber building from 1704, the museum shows the contrast between the grim living and working conditions of the hanseatic merchant sailors and apprentices alongside the lifestyles of management. You can see a fish storage room, living quarters and the manager’s office at the Hanseatic Museum. Also worth a visit is the Railway Museum, providing insight into the veteran steam train between Garnes and Midtun.
See Bergen at face value: Admiring the architecture of Bergen is an activity in itself. Travelers should begin at the Fantoft Stave Church. Located south of Bergen in a leafy setting, the church was originally constructed in 1150. It was later moved to the outskirts of town. Throughout its history, the church has faced troubles with a fire in 1883. The entire structure was painstakingly rebuilt to its former 1150 glory. Also a little bit outside of town is Damsgard Manor. Three kilometers from the city, the structure hails from 1770. It remains a fine example of 18th century rococo timber architecture. A highlight for many who visit is the baroque garden.
Rub elbows with locals at the Waterfront Fish Market: The happy and bustling tone of the Waterfront Fish Market warrants a visit for anyone looking to have a more local experience. Here you can rub elbows with the locals, all while your nose takes in the fishy odors. The market also serves up some tasty seafood snacks.
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