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Bergen City Add-On

Gateway to the fjords
Holiday information
Nights: 2
Accommodation: centrally located hotel
Meals: breakfast only

Bergen’s history spans more than nine centuries. The oldest surviving building is a 12th-century church, Mariakirken, and, in addition to the colourful inner harbour district (the Bryggen), there are still streets which give you a feel of how the city was several hundred years ago – wooden houses so tightly packed together that the inhabitants lived in perpetual fear of fire.

The various museums delve into different aspects of the city’s history – its key position in the Hanseatic League from the fourteenth to the eighteenth century; Dr Armauer Hansen’s pioneering work in the treatment of leprosy in the nineteenth century; and the rise and fall of the knitting industry (the museum is housed in one of Norway’s first knitwear factories).

To give some direction to your wanderings, we include notes for a self-guided walking tour, taking in the main sights. We highly recommend a ride on the funicular up the slopes of Mount Fløien – the view from the top over the city, fjords and surrounding countryside is superb. If you have time, you could also take a cable car to the summit of Mount Ulriken (643 metres), for another wonderful panorama over the fjord capital.

Please note that many attractions close one day a week (usually Monday). The leprosy museum is only open in summer.

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