Best Things to See and Do in Bergen, Norway

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The first place I take a visitor from out of town is to Troldhaugen, home to Edvard Grieg Museum. Photo © Nancy D. Brown

The first place I take a visitor from out of town is to Troldhaugen, Edvard Grieg Museum the Old Bergen Museum and Alvøen Country Mansion.

When I crave Bergen cuisine, I turn to Enhjørningen Fish Restaurant or Bryggen Tracteursted on the Wharf, Fløien Folk Restaurant on Fløyen mountain, Holbergstuen – Torgallmenningen 6 or

Hanne på Høyden (previously called ”Spisestedet på Høyden”) – Fosswinckelsgt. 18

For complete quiet, I can take a walk on the top of Mount Fløyen or Mount Ulriken.

If you come to Bergen, get your picture taken at the top of Mount Fløyen, overlooking Bergen and the surrounding mountains, fjords and ocean.

If you have to order one thing off the menu at Restaurant Wesselstuen, get the Fish soup a la Bergen.

Bergen is my one stop shop for  Oleana sweaters – made in Bergen.

When I’m feeling cash-strapped, I go to Kaffistova.

For a huge splurge, I go to Lucullus at the Neptun Hotel, Smauet Mat & Vinhus – Nedre Vakserelvsmauet 1-3 or To Kokker – Enhjørningsgården 1, Bryggen.

Photo ops in Bergen include Bryggen – the Wharf, The Fish Market, the view from Mount Fløyen or Mount Ulriken and the narrow alleyways of Bergen (Nordnes, Skansen, Sandviken, Skuteviken.)


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Sunset from Mount Fløyen

The best vantage points are taken by walking to the top of Mount Fløyen and Mount Ulriken.

The most random thing about Bergen is the Bergen International Festival which takes place in the end of May every year.

Bergen Music Fest which takes place in the end of April every year.

Night jazz festival which takes place in the end of May every year.

Regular concerts at Troldhaugen, Edvard Grieg’s Home

In Bergen, an active day outdoors involves hiking from Mount Fløyen to Mount Ulriken.

My favorite walking route is From Mount Fløyen to Mount Ulriken.

Bergen’s best museum is Edvard Grieg Museum – Troldhaugen.

For a night of dancing, go to Rick’s Lounge & Disco Banco Rotto.

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To find out what’s going on a night or on weekends, read Bergens Tidende and Bergensavisen Enter to see a complete event list.


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There are many music festivals in Bergen including the Bergen Music Fest and Night Jazz Festival. Photo © Nancy D. Brown

In the spring you should attend Borealis – Bergen Contemporary Music Festival – medio March.

In the summer you should attend Bergen International Festival and Concerts at Edvard Grieg’s home – Troldhaugen.

In the fall you should visit Bergen Food Festival – medio September and the Bergen International Film Festival – end of October.

In the winter you should go to Voss – our best ski resort – 1,5 hour drive from Bergen.

A hidden gem in Bergen is Damsgard Manor.

For a great breakfast treat or espresso, go to Godt Brød – Vetrelidsallmenning 19

Just outside of Bergen you can visit Old Bergen Museum, have lunch at Gamle Bergen Tracteusted.

The best way to see Bergen is to walk. If you are looking to connect with nature, go horseback riding in Bergen on a Fjord horse at Ovre Eide Farm.

If you have kids, you won’t want to miss Bergen Aquarium, Fløibanen – the Funicular, Vannkanten Waterworld or VilVite – Bergen Science Centre.

What are your favorite things to do in Bergen, Norway?

Thanks to Visit Bergen for assistance with this post. I was a guest of Visit Norway. Article, YouTube video and photos by Nancy D. Brown

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5 thoughts on “Best Things to See and Do in Bergen, Norway”

  1. I can see I haven’t been in Bergen for a while. A few new things here. And lots of old faves. Love Enhjørningen. And of course the Wharf and Fish Market.

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