Visit Bergen’s Famous Bryggen
A UNESCO World Heritage site, Bryggen wharf is the most famous sight in Bergen. A symbol of the city’s importance as a member of the Hanseatic League, it comprises 62 preserved wooden buildings, separated by long narrow alleyways.
Ruined by many fires over the centuries, Bryggen has been built and rebuilt many times, always retaining the techniques and plans of the previous structures. Made of traditional timber-log construction, the gabled townhouses also feature stone warehouses or storerooms at their rear, which were used to house the goods of the German merchants who lived in Bryggen.
Hotels in Bryggen
Visit Bergen and you will inevitably gravitate towards Bryggen at some point in your trip. This historic harbour district is one of the city’s most popular attractions and is surrounded by a variety of hotels in all price brackets.
Hotels within a couple of minute’s walking distance of Bryggen tend to be in the three- and four-star range, including both modern and traditional options from Radisson Blu, First Hotels and Thon Hotels.
On the opposite side of the harbour – with the advantage of great views back towards Bryggen’s brightly painted buildings – is more accommodation from popular chains such as Nordic Choice, as well as independent hotels housed in elegant mansions with classic period features.
Book a Hotel in Bryggen Hotel and Explore Bergen City Centre
Several major Bergen attractions are a few minutes’ walk from Bryggen. After you’ve strolled the shop-lined alleys and enjoyed a coffee at a quayside cafe, head east to the terminus of the Floibanen Funicular. This popular tourist railway – the only one of its type in Norway – whisks visitors to the top of Mount Floyen in eight minutes, and at the top you’ll be rewarded with spectacular views of the Bergen peninsula.
Just to the west of Bryggen is the Bergenhus Fortress, while on the opposite side of the harbour is the Bergen Aquarium, the Galleriet shopping mall, and the city’s main square and gathering place, Torgallmenningen. After a full day’s sightseeing, return to your Bryggen hotel for a good night’s sleep in the heart of the city.