UNESCO World Heritage
Bryggen in Bergen enjoys UNESCO World Heritage patronage for very good reason. Already in the 1300s there was lively commercial activity along the Bergen waterfront. Hanseatic merchants came to do good business, and Bryggen was locally known as the Hanseatic or German Wharf.
A journey back in time
A stroll along the cobbled streets behind the Bryggen harbourfront offers a journey back in time. Along the dark wooden verandas and narrow alleys you can experience ancient architecture and heritage craftsmanship.
The old buildings have suffered many devastating fires but have nevertheless retained their basic structure over the centuries. The oldest buildings from 1702 were rebuilt after a major fire.
Today, the houses are heritage listed and are the third-most visited tourist attraction in the country after the Føibanen funicular in Bergen and the Holmenkollen ski jump in Oslo.
Shops along Bryggen
Bryggen in Bergen has for centuries been a place of buzzing activity. The area attracts tourists from all over the world seeking to buy souvenirs and quality Norwegian crafts. Along the narrow streets behind Bryggen you find everything from a shop selling Christmas decorations year-round to a gift shops dedicated to selling elk-themed souvenirs. You'll also find a number of shops selling homemade sweaters, felted slippers, embroidered tablecloths and warm winter hats.
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Museums at Bryggen
Many of the most popular museums in Bergen are located near Bryggen. Here you'll find very exciting experiences, especially if you are interested in history.
The museums include:
- The Hanseatic Museum and Schøtstuene
- The Bergen School Museum
- The Bergen Fortress Museum
- The Buekorps Museum
- Bergen City Museum
Fish Market and Meat Bazaar
If a visit to a fish market would inspire you then head to Fisketorget opposite Bryggen. Here you'll find a market selling the day's catch from local fishermen. Nearby, several restaurants serve wonderful fish soup made according to local traditions. Worth mentioning is Søstrene Hagelin where they have served seafood and fish soup for almost a century.
The 'Meat Bazar' (Kjøttbasaren) is another local attraction for foodies. The heritage food hall was completed and opened in 1877. Here you'll find restaurants and market stalls selling game such as caribou, elk, venison and grouse.