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!
Leprosy Museum — St.Jørgen Hospital
In the second half of the nineteenth century Bergen had the highest concentration of leprosy patients in Europe. The city’s oldest leprosy hospital, St. Jørgen’s (St. George’s) Hospital is an important location for the scientific uncovering of the terrible disease’s mystery–the leprosy basillus, which was discovered in Bergen in 1873.
At the same time, the hospital is a monument memorating thousands of personal tragedies, with many of them made visible by photos of patients.