World renowned for its magnificent fish market and majestic mountain perimeter, the sublime city of Belgen is a serene and sun-drenched slice of authentic Norway. With a buzzing cultural scene, astounding art collections and creative culinary concepts, Bergen is a thriving city that is guaranteed to ignite a passion for Norwegian life. The small size of the city means the intimate atmosphere and ancient traditions have been perfectly maintained, ensuring cultural and architectural interest will be captured.
Bergen’s historic Bryggen quarter was recently declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to the colourful medieval buildings that line the Hanseatic Wharf; walking amidst the atmospheric tangle of lanes and houses is like being transported back in time, a feeling that can be further informed by the excellent exhibitions in the Hanseatic Museum. The city’s oldest building is the crumbling yet colossal St. Mary’s Church, a fine architectural example, and breath-taking panoramas can be enjoyed after ascending Floien Mountain on the smooth Floibanen Funicular. A scenic stroll down the market brings travellers to the booming bustle of the Fish Market, a perfect place to soak in the authentic atmosphere.
Bergen’s magnificent museums are testament to the rich and varied culture that thrives within the city, and every gallery exhibits eclectic selections of cultural curiosities; the Edvard Grieg Museum pays homage to the prominent and eponymous composer who resided in the house for 22 years. Significant art galleries include the Bergen Art Museum and the Burgen Contemporary Art Centre, museums which house seminal works from painters such as Edvard Munch.
Famed for clean flavours and creative combinations, Norwegian cuisine is a thought provoking and taste-bud tantalising experience. An intimate and ambient place to enjoy a traditional taste of esteemed Scandinavian cuisine is Noboen, a pioneering pub that serves authentic dishes with a modern fair. A signature dish that begs to be sampled is the dill stewed lamb, tender meat soaked in a delicately flavoured dill dressing. (Sigurds gate 4, 5015 Bergen, Norwegen)