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Bryggen, 5003 Bergen, Norway
Originally built in the 13th century by Norway’s King Håkon Håkonsson as a stone wall to protect the community’s wooden homes from fire and enemy attacks, by the 1600s Bergenhus had become a fortress to be reckoned with. Today, the oldest...
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Bryggen, 5003 Bergen, Norway
Crowds flock to Bergen’s iconic Hanseatic district for an Instagram snap of the colorful houses, but there’s so much more to discover. Exploring the narrow alleyways is a must to fully appreciate what it must have been like to be a...
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Bergenhus 4, 5003 Bergen, Norway
Every good fortress has a fortified lookout tower and Bergenhus Fort is no exception. Built in the mid-1500s, the five-story Rosenkrantz Tower was named after the then-governor of Bergen Castle, Erik Rosenkrantz. The stone tower served as both a...
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Born in Bergen in 1843, composer Edvard Grieg incorporated Norwegian folk tunes into his classical music compositions. One of Grieg’s most popular works is his Piano Concerto in A minor, which is one of the world’s classical standards....
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Baronivegen 60, 5470 Rosendal, Norway
This lovely 17th-century whitewashed manor house is surrounded by 60 acres of landscaped gardens, including gorgeous rose gardens. It’s an excellent place to spend a summer afternoon and Rosendal frequently hosts concerts, plays and art...
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There’s no better view than from the top of 320-meter-high Mount Fløien. Ride up on the Fløibanen Funicular, just a short walk from the cruise ship dock on Bryggen wharf. The ascent takes less than 10 minutes, with sprawling...
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Get up close to this stunning fjord on a cruise, kayaking excursion or hearty hike along the surrounding mountains. Those with nerves of steel can trek to Trolltunga (Troll’s Tongue), a rock formation that juts out horizontally over the gorgeous...
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Bergen was an important maritime center for centuries, and the Bergen Maritime Museum is dedicated to that legacy with exhibits illustrating the significance and history of shipping from ancient times to the present. Permanent exhibits include...
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When you’re strolling along Bryggen, be sure to pop into this museum to see how German merchants from the Hanseatic League lived and worked. In the period between the 14th and 18th centuries, these businessmen traded dried fish and grain from...
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World-renowned for The Scream, the painting of a ghostly figure gripping his face in mid-howl, Norwegian Expressionist artist Edvard Munch also produced many other intriguing works of art, often with a psychological theme. This important...