Bergen is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. The second city of Norway has a lot to offer: medieval history, natural beauty, and a buzzing cultural scene. Autumn, when the mountains surrounding the city are at their most beautiful, is the perfect time to visit the Capital of the Fjords.
Explore the historic neighbourhoods
For many centuries, Bergen was the biggest and most important city of Norway, and this has left many traces. There are many historic neighbourhoods left in the city centre: the perfect places for endless walks. Go to Bryggen to be enchanted by the labyrinth of old Hanseatic storehouses and narrow alleyways. Also the mountain slope behind Bryggen is covered by historic houses, and is a wonderful place to get lost in the windling streets. On the other side of the Vågen bay, you can explore the Nordnes area, with its white wooden houses. At the far end of Nordnes, there’s a seawater pool (Nordnes Sjøbad). For the brave.
Lunch concerts at the Edvard Grieg Museum
Bergen was home to Norway’s most famous composer, Edvard Grieg (1843-1907) – famous for the Peer Gynt Suite. His former home, Troldhaug, is now a beautiful museum, where much of the original interior has been preserved. Located outside the city in a wonderful green area by a lake, this is one of the most interesting places in the whole city. We especially recommend the daily lunch-time concerts: a perfect introduction to Grieg’s music.
Climb on a mountain
Bergen is surrounded by spectacular fjords and mountains, and a visit to the city isn’t complete without exploring the nature around. From the city centre, it’s easy to reach both Mount Fløyen and Mount Ulriken by cablecar or on foot. Up there, there are lots of hiking trails for all different levels. Ask for directions at the hostel, or buy a map at the tourist information.
Do the Bergen city run
On September 14th, the brand-new Bergen City Milen will be organised, a 10 km running event through the city centre.
Discover the art of Edvard Munch
This autumn, the KODE Art Museum hosts two major exhibitions on Norway’s most famous painter, Edvard Munch (1863–1944). As Munch’s own museum in Oslo is currently closed, this is the place to be if you want to get to know the works of this modernist master.
When in Bergen, stay at our Bergen Hostel Montana!
text: Robin Van de Walle