Best Things To Do in Bergen, Norway

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  • Old Bergen: Old 19th Century Bergen was Europe’s biggest city at the time, cobbled streets and little wooden houses tucked up tightly together in every little corner in and out of steep hills and busy little alleyways and squares. Only accessible by foot, this unique and often forgotten about area, is just oozing with stories and mystery and character, bustling amidst much drama. Take a guided tour through the wooden homes, shops and workshops from as far back as the 18thcentury, and get a rare glimpse into the life and times of the people that lived there.
  • Best Kept Bergen Secrets: Off the Beaten Track: If you are one of those people who like to sneak off an discover adventures all on your own, without the guidebooks telling where you should go, leading you right into tourist traps, then this one is for you.
  • Fantoft stave church: Not that the Church is really a secret, it is just that it is difficult to find and not very well sign posted, and very much off the beaten track. Gorgeous, rustic and wooden, this 12th Century Church was originally built somewhere much further off the beaten track in the most barren of rural terrains, only to be moved to where it is now, in Fantoft, in the 19thCentury. Poised perfectly on the top of a hill with lush park surroundings, the Church holds an interesting and mysterious history. Definitely something to swop your Sunday afternoon nap for, it you can find it.
  • Local Bergen Customs: Unlike some other parts of Europe, the locals in Bergen are friendly, although somewhat reserved, and the huge amount of tourists doesn’t seem to make them irritated and most people do speak English.
  • Bergens are informal, laid back people who must have keep the Wellington boot industry going strong, with at least 270 days a year of rain; one can never have too many pairs! Generally the locals do not stand on ceremony, but, as in any country, you will always get further along with a friendly smile and a polite demeanour. The shops are all closed on a Sunday in the city centre, so you will need to plan in advance should you need to get something over the weekend.

Below we have a list of things to do in Bergen and the places where you want to spend the best moments of your trip. At the same time, the city offers you the best neighborhoods to explore and new foods to try.

This list should help you in deciding and prioritizing what you should plan on your Bergen getaway. Find a mix of must-see tourist spots, underrated local hangouts, and maybe even a few new experiences you can try out.

Make the most of your trip to Bergen with confidence.

Tourist Attractions in Bergen

Here is the list of things to do in Bergen and tourist attractions in city.

  1. Floibanen

    4.5 (1923 Votes)
    Floibanen

    Outdoors, Geological Formation, View Point, Hiking Trail

    The Seven Mountains surround the city of Bergen and if the stories are to be believed, the views are to die for. One of the most accessible of these Seven Mountains is Mt. Floyen, regularly thronged by crowds eagerly awaiting breath-taking views of Bergen and the surrounding mountains. The ride to Mt. Fløyen is just as exciting as the destination. A funicular train is an always an exciti...Read more
  2. Det Hanseatic Museum And Schotstuene

    Museum, History Museum, Educational Site, Historical Site

    The Hanseatic Museum provides fantastic insight into the Hanseatic trade that so prominent from the 13th to the 17th century. One of the best preserved buildings from the 16th century, the Hanseatic Museum is housed within an erstwhile house and office of one such affluent Hanseatic trade merchant. There’s not much to see here apart from the house itself; the manager’s office, the c...Read more
  3. Troldhaugen Edvard Grieg Museum

    Museum, History Museum, Estate, Educational Site

    Loosely translating to Trolls Hill in English, Troldhaugen is the erstwhile home of a famous Norwegian composer, Edvard Greig. Dubbed as one of the most romantic spots in Norway, the moment you set foot in this massive estate, you’ll be transported back into the 19th century and feel inspiration in the air. Don’t be alarmed if you find yourself what could be an original composition-...Read more
  4. Akvariet Or Bergen Aquarium

    4.3 (854 Votes)
    Akvariet Or Bergen Aquarium

    Aquarium, Educational Site, Entertainment, Exhibition

    The Bergen Aquarium is known for housing the largest number of fish and invertebrates in all of Europe. Located at the end of the Nordnes Peninsula, the Bergen Aquarium takes pride in its 60 tanks and two massive outdoor pools that are home to seals and penguins. Indoors, the tanks are resplendent with all kinds of fish, especially Norwegian salmon and eels. If you’re traveling with child...Read more
  5. Fantoft Stavkirke

    4.2 (938 Votes)
    Fantoft Stavkirke

    Church, Religious Site, Historical Site, Architecture

    During the Middle Ages, Norway had the monopoly on wooden stave churches- from the original 750 they had, 30 are standing today. Stave Churches are architecturally distinct with their dragon heads, carved doorways and vertical planks. The best church with this kind of architecture is the Fantoft Stavkirke. Located in the south of Bergen, the original stave was in 1150 and in 1883 moved to the c...Read more
  6. Bryggens Museum

    4 (1280 Votes)
    Bryggens Museum

    Art And Culture, Educational Site, Historical Site, Archaeological Site

    The Bryggens Museum makes for an excellent foray into the museums of Bergen. One of the primary reasons the Bryggens Museums should be one of the first you visit is due to its location. The Bryggens Museum is the site of Bergen’s first settlement.While laying down the foundations for the Bryggens Museum, foundations of an 800 year old building were found. Upon digging deeper into these fo...Read more
  7. Bergen Kunst Museum

    Art Museum, Museum, Educational Site, Walking Area

    One of the most prominent establishments of Bergen and a must see for everyone passing by or stopping at Bergen, the Bergen Kunst or Art Museum is among the largest museums of Norway. Given the constant expansion the museum undergoes, there’s no telling whether or not you’ll recognize the museum when you visit for the second time. Be prepared to stretch your legs; the Bergen Kunst M...Read more
  8. Leprosy Museum

    Educational Site, Historical Site, Memorial, Monument

    One of the deadliest diseases to ever hit the world, the stigma and the spread of leprosy is known to one and all. People diagnosed with leprosy were subject to humiliation and were considered as outcasts and thereby banished from their community. St. George’s hospital in Bergen was home to many a lepers during the disease’s peak. Today, the hospital stands as a monument for the mil...Read more
  9. Gamle Bergen Museum Or Old Bergen Museum

    Museum, Off Beaten Path, Educational Site, Walking Area

    Gamle Bergen, or Old Bergen in English, is an open air museum that guarantees fun for all ages. With a promise to send you back in time, the Gamle Bergen Museum boasts of what 19th century looked like. With around 50 structures built to look like they belonged in the 18th and 19th century, Gamle Bergen shows you why Bergen was Europe’s largest city with wooden houses. Within these reconst...Read more
  10. Fish And Flower Market

    3.6 (354 Votes)
    Fish And Flower Market

    Market

    The Fish and Flower Market of Bergen is a great tourist attraction. In fact, made popular by tourists, this is your destination to explore the culinary brilliance of this country. Fresh seafood is available here not only for your kitchen, but also for your meals right here! Sit on one of the benches, in the shade, and enjoy bites of exotic traditional recipes. With the history of the market dat...Read more
  11. Gullfjellet

    4.2 (238 Votes)
    Gullfjellet

    Nature, Skiing

    Gullfjellet is the highest mountain in Bergen. Loosely translating its name will give you the meaning “the mountain with strong wind”. Staying true to this meaning, this majestic natural wonder is a sight to behold even from a distance. Serving as a popular hiking destination, youngsters, student groups, adults and tourists have made it their adventurous escape. The hike up the moun...Read more
  12. Tennebekk Hundepark

    4.2 (270 Votes)
    Tennebekk Hundepark

    Park, Picnic Spot

    Tennebekk Hundepark is a lovely dog park in Bergen. If you’re expecting a neatly manicured lawn, or a large expanse of open play areas, you may be a little surprised. This park, unlike its counterparts, is a “natural” park. With different types of terrains, trees, a lake and fields, the park is a great place for exercise, picnic, exploration and socializing. Take your four-leg...Read more
  13. Vikinghallen

    4.2 (216 Votes)
    Vikinghallen
    Vikinghallen is one of the most reputed fitness centers of the city. Managed and organized by Tif Viking, the center aims to give its members and visitors the most effective and healthy workout. If you have confused it to be a gymnasium, you’re in for a surprise! Of course, the usual gym equipment is available, so are the personal trainers, but what is unique about this fitness center is ...Read more
  14. Bergen Fish Market
    The fish market of Bergen should definitely not be missed. Buy freshly boiled shrimps and ice cold beer from the market, find a sunny spot along the waterfront and enjoy the ambience and the bustle of the market around you. You are able to hand pick your slice of super fresh salmon, they will vacuum pack it for you and you can take it home to enjoy later. You can also buy fresh fruit and vegeta...Read more
  15. Cafe Capello
    Old fashioned and funky, this retro themed coffee bar, is managed and run by the owners, which means the service is outstanding and very friendly. Vintage items from the 50’s and 60’s , like toys, vinyl records, wall art and pictures of pin up icons like Marilyn Monroe, including an original VW bus, are all on display. Their very own vintage jukebox rolls out the tunes whi...Read more