To Be, To Bergen: Some Shakespearian advice to the short stop tourist, on how to create a great day in Bergen!
Bergeners easily interpret Hamlet's famous words "To Be, or Not to Be", according to our local experience: "To Be IN BERGEN, or Not to Be". So, if you are not in Bergen, come here! Bergen is indeed a pleasant place TO BE!
We provide some free advice for you, if you arrive here as a cruise tourist, or if you arrive by air or train. Browse our suggestions for free and budget tourist attractions to you: Bergen walking tours, Bergen sights, Bergen attractions, activities in Bergen, hiking in Bergen, finding your way in Bergen.
In short: Here is how to create a great day on low budget in Bergen—on your own. Good luck while BEING IN BEAUTIFUL BERGEN!
Activities in Bergen: Sights
Chose from a lot of sights in walking distance from the town centre, or have an excursion for a good part of the day to the outskirts of the town, to visit a a famous composer’s home.
Fløyen offers spectacular view of the town, only 10 minutes from the town center by funicular, or an hour by foot.
In the second half of the nineteenth century Bergen had the highest concentration of leprosy patients in Europe. Here the leprosy basilus was discovered.
The medieval stone hall Håkonshallen is more than seven hundred and fifty years old.
Bryggen is the heart of Bergen’s history, and a World Heritage site. Although often crowded by tourists in summer season, you can still very well feel the atmosphere of the Hanseatic centuries.
One of the oldest remaining buildings in Bergen, the church used by kings the German Hansa merchants. Had sermons in German language even until 1906.
Rosenkrantz Tower (Norwegian: Rosenkrantztårnet, formerly Valkendorftårnet) is a tower that derives its name from governor Erik Rosenkrantz. The last residence of a king seated in Bergen.
The fish market of Bergen used to be a very busy spot where the fishermen used to sell their fish directly from their boats to the townspeople. Over the last decades, this trade has been totally changed, and nowadays tourists often constitute the great majority of the customers. You can still get some nice seafood […]
Open air museum featuring a town environment from the 1800s, when Bergen was Europe’s biggest wooden city. At that time, Bergen was a distinctive city environment with closely spaced wooden buildings, busy streets, markets and alleys.
Troldhaugen was the home of Edvard and Nina Grieg, built in 1885. The couple lived there for 22 years.