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Bergen: World Heritage City

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''Owing to amazing lansdcapes, the Norwegian Fjords are now on UNESCO's World Heritage List''

WHY GO THE DISTANCE : Visit Fjords for some breath-taking landscapes, spend time with fishes and penguins at Bergen Aquarium or just go back in time with a historical visit to museums showcasing extensive collection of art and design.
Owing to its rich culture and history, Bergen became a European City of Culture in the year 2000. The city is the home of the Bergen International Festival, Nattjazz and Bergenfest and international artists such as Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, Metallica and Bruce Springsteen have visited this place in the past.
The place also has a rich maritime history as for years German merchants lived and traded here. It’s largely an English speaking city and a tourist friendly place indeed. So, going around within the city will not be a problem at all. Spend more time at Bryggen and watch sunset over a mug of beer.

WHEN TO GO : The months of May and June are ideal to visit this city. Between September and the end of April Bergen museums are only open a few hours a day.

EAT/DRINK : • Dolly Dimple's Pizza is a must
• Visit Bryggen for open beer cafes. Must try is their local Hansa beer.
• Fish market is the place where one can have freshly cooked sea food
• The place has a total of three Indian restaurants. Tandoori Tapas across the fish market in a
galley serves good quality and quantity. Hospitality too is nice.
• Check out ice-cream parlours too including Van Dyk’s Homemade Ice Cream, Ice Cream
Charlies, Bischoff’s Ice Cream Parlor and Shake Shack.

ACTIVITIES : Bryggen: Famous for wooden buildings and building types from pre-Hanseatic periods. Houses a number of lively pubs, bars and restaurants.

Floibanen Funicular: For a spectacular view of the city, ride up this funicular to the top of Mt Floyen.

Ulriken643: This cable car goes atop Mt. Ulriken, which give a panoramic view of the city.

Main Square: The main square and market place with theatres around. Visit these for performances of local musicians and bands on weekends. There's also a man-made lake called Lille Lungegårdsvannet near the square with beautiful sitting area, grass, marigolds and ducks. All these places can be easily done on foot.

Kode Museum: Comprises four buildings. Experience the masterpieces by Edvard Munch, Nikolai Astrup, Pablo Picasso, Paul Klee and J. C. Dahl

Stoltzekleiven: This mountaintop is one of the 7 surrounding Bergen.

Hiking: It's an absolute fun hiking up Mt. Floyen and Mt. Stoltzen and see the whole city below.

SHOP : Bergen for long has been a trading town and so has lot to offer from souvenirs, arts and crafts to clothes and jewellery. Bryggen has some good shops for souvenirs. Among the largest shopping centres in the city centre are Kloverhuset in Strandgaten, Lagunen Storesenter on Laguneveien, Bergen Storsenter on Strømgaten and Galleriet on Torgallmenningen. There are small shops too spread across the city selling handmade sweaters, trolls, silverware, pewter, bunads (traditional Norweigan costumes).

STAY : Advance booking is must if going in peak season. The place has a large number of nice cosy and comfortable homely apartments, which are listed with Norwegian tourism. There are plenty of hotels too, mostly near Bryggen Hanseatic Wharf and some close to Bergen Airport Flesland. There are several hostels and youth hostels in and near Bergen city centre.

We stayed at GRAND TERMINUS, which is centrally located and next to Bergen railway station. All the main tourist attractions, the bus terminal and shopping centre are within walking distance. The hotel was built in 1928 as the first luxury hotel in Bergen.
The wide hallways, high ceilings and dark woods create a feeling of “stepping back in time”. Guest rooms and meeting rooms have been renovated, but are still kept in a classic and elegant style. The hotel has a large lobby where you can have coffee and tea for free. In the evening you can enjoy a delicious meal from our exciting bar menu. The Grand Whisky bar has been awarded with gold bar status in the official list "Great Whisky Bars of the World".

INTERESTING STUFF : • There’s a practice of using comma for decimals in prices.
• Streets come alive with local bands in evenings.
• Enjoy free bus travel within city limits, free admittance to most museums, attractions, sightseeing
and parking with a Bergen card.

Source / Review By : Aastha Dabral

Aastha is a broadcast graphics designer in the media industry

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