Bergen travel guide

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You're Going to Love Bergen

Norway's second largest city is also its most beautiful and alluring. Set in a scenic region of hills and fjords, Bergen's postcard-ready timber architecture, picturesque harbor, and big city cultural institutions win the hearts of every visitor.

But Bergen isn't just a city by itself. Known as the "gateway to the fjords", it's a jumping-off point for cruises along some of Europe's most jaw-dropping coastline. Surrounded by forests and hills, it's also an alpine sports hub and a fantastic place for hikers, cyclists, and climbers.

A beautiful, laid-back blend of urban attractions and natural drama, Bergen enthralls from the moment you arrive.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Bergen

When to Visit Bergen

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Most tourists will prefer to visit Bergen from around May onward, when the chill of Norway's winter is a distant memory, and people start to think about open air swimming in the fjords. May and June also see Bergen hosting its International Festival, followed closely by the huge Bergenfest music event in mid-June.

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How to Get to Bergen

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Where to Stay in Bergen

Bergen's historic harbor neighborhood is probably the most enjoyable area to stay, and has some superb hotels. High-quality options include the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel and the Clarion Hotel Admiral, which has a spa and overlooks the harbor directly. Det Hanseatiske Hotel is a historic property with chic boutique rooms, while Basic Hotel offers comfortable, no frills accommodation in a central location.

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Shopping Streets

Downtown Bergen is full of great places to shop. You can start in Bryggen, where stores like Blonder og Stas are packed with Norwegian-themed souvenirs, and you'll find all the Scandinavian knitwear you could ever need at Bryggen Husflid or Audhild Viken. If you are looking for hip boutiques, wander over to Skostredet, where stores like Robot show off Norway's flair for design. Then, head south to Foreningsgatan, where you'll find a clutch of furniture design showrooms - the perfect place to pick up a Scandinavian ornament for your home.

Groceries and Other

Supermarkets can be found all over Bergen, and include numerous REMA 1000 stores, as well as MENY and Bunnpris. However, grocery shopping is more fun at the famous Fisketorget (fish market) and Kjøttbasaren, the city's gourmet food nexus. Prices are slightly above the US average, at around kr55 for a gallon of milk and kr30 for 12 eggs.

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Where to Eat in Bergen

Gourmet food lovers will adore Bergen, which hosts some of Norway's most exciting chefs. The centerpiece of the local dining scene remains Lysverket, on the site of the main art gallery, but it's been joined by a galaxy of similarly accomplished eateries. Check out Enhjørningen Fiskerestaurant in Bryggen for sublime fish dishes, the cozy but wonderful Bryggen Tracteursted, and Søtt + Salt, where seven course meals are routine. Expect to pay around kr500 in most restaurants.