Bergen bucket list

Bergen, Norway.Bergen, Norway. Photo by Marcel Ardivan

Bergen brief information

Once the most influential and largest city in the Nordic countries, Bergen is now an important economic and cultural center in Norway. The last seat of the Hanseatic League, the city with beautiful landscapes, has one of the most picturesque fjords. When traveling through Norway, Bergen should definitely be on your shortlist of destinations with its world-class architecture, culture, and urban life. So here is the Bergen bucket list with brief information for short-term visitors.

Things not to miss in Bergen

  • Visit the most iconic Bruggen, the old Hanseatic wharf that houses a museum, cozy restaurants, and cafes.
  • Bergen is known as the city of seven mountains, so when traveling to Bergen, visit at least two of them, Fløibanen and Fløyen.
  • Norway is all about seafood, and Bergen is another great place with its fish market where you can enjoy exceptionally fresh seafood.
  • Discover the wonders of the North Sea underwater in the Bergen Aquarium with 50 different tanks showcasing an abundance of fish, penguins, crocodiles, sea lions, and even monkeys.
  • Check out the unique and a bit fairy-tale-looking architecture of traditional Norwegian buildings with Fantoft Stave Church, an example of early Norwegian design.

Eat like a local in Bergen

  • Enjoy typical Norwegian dishes in Enhjøringen with a signature whale carpaccio and other dishes from a seafood-heavy menu.
  • Find To Kokker, a top-notch restaurant hidden in the alleys of Bryggen, to enjoy its mussel soup and elk carpaccio.
  • If you are a beer lover, Henrik Øl & Vinstove will surprise you with its choice of 50 craft beers, including Norwegian and Scandinavian beers.
  • For a fast and hearty snack, check out Pingvinen gastropub, which welcomes you with its warm and friendly atmosphere.
  • As a wine lover, you will find your comfort zone in Altona, a wonderful wine bar with over a thousand wine varieties.

Where to stay in Bergen

  • Relax in a royal way in the 5-star Opus XVI, an Edvard Grieg Heritage Hotel, occupying a historic 19th-century building.
  • Enjoy the authentic atmosphere and wooden interior of the 4-star Det Hanseatiske Hotel, housed in a 16th-century building.
  • Consider a 3-star Citybox Bergen Danmarksplass budget hotel that has everything you need for an unforgettable stay.
  • Affordable doesn’t mean simple; that is what you will see in the fantastic HI Bergen Hostel Montana in Bergen, plus a super friendly staff. 
  • Take a day trip to the Folgefonna peninsula in Hordaland County to visit Jondal and stay in Hardanger House.

Bergen hotels map with prices