The small and simple town of Bergen exudes the steady charm and relaxed atmosphere of a rural retreat. Bursting with historical monuments, magnificent tombs and commemorative memorials, the town possess a certain morbid majesty; the rural surroundings provide an excellent backdrop to the gothic grandeur of the graveyards. The town’s small size mean ancient traditions are painstakingly preserved and locals will welcome travellers like long lost relatives.
Bergen’s most infamous attraction is undoubtedly the Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp, which has now been transformed into a poignant memorial site covered in the sombre mounds of the mass graves and monuments of the victims; famously, the memorial contains the headstone of teenage heroine Anne Frank. For more vivacious endeavours, history enthusiasts can enjoy the comprehensive and captivating Historic Bergen Trail, which takes walkers on a wonderful wander to notable buildings such as the austere Town Hall, the traditional Dairy Farm and the beautiful St. Lambertus Church.
Bergen eclectic selection of museums is guaranteed to satisfy cultural cravings; making an appointment at the Africa Museum will open up a world of alternative cultures and tribal traditions, while a visit to the Romstedthaus Local History Museum will transport visitors back to the days of ancient agriculture. Housed in a 350 year old farmhouse, the exhibitions reveal local and regional history through a series of excellent exhibitions.
The robust and rustic flavours of Hof Remise Rustica are guaranteed to delight even the most discerning palate. The restaurant brings an authentic taste of the German woodland to the table, innovating dishes with international influences. Signature dishes include venison ravioli with truffle pesto and asparagus stuffed duck breast, and the fusion of flavours comes as a satisfying surprise.(Im Stucken 1, 29303 Bergen)