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Bryggen, Bergen

Categories: Piers & Boardwalks, Historic Walking Areas, Tourist Spots
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Explore the shops, galleries, pubs, restaurants, and museums dispersed within the medieval wooden buildings of Bryggen, designated a World Heritage Site in 1979. The site dates back to before 1070, and developed into an important Norwegian trading center with an office of the Hanseatic League opened here in 1360. Today the town is one of the most visited attractions in Norway. Wander the ancient alleys, sit and people-watch along the waterfront, and admire the Nordic houses. Stop by the Hanseatic trade building built in 1702, the Maria Church, the Bryggen Museum, the Hanseatic Museum, or Schotstuene assembly rooms on your way around town. Make Bryggen a centerpiece of your Bergen vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Bergen trip builder.
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  • Bryggen wharf has great architecture housing plenty of sweater and other shops. But make sure you go down the alleys between the buildings. You'll discover some striking wooden buildings, full of inte...  read more »
  • Here there is plenty of life and opportunities to eat breaks or trips. one great location and one must when one is in Bergen
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  • Picturesque houses and well kept. You find shops, restaurants and souvenirs for you. Great place to sit down and have a beer and admiring the city's port.
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  • My wife and I walked around Bryggen but were disappointed to see so much modern clutter all around these UNESCO-designated buildings. For example, 60's-era glass ball lights hung from the buildings, black plastic (PVC) pipes were used as drain spouts, ugly metal trash and cigarette bins were placed on or directly next to the buildings, along with tacky signage and cheap looking stainless steel door handles and locks. It was hard to take a picture without this unattractive clutter marring the photo. Someone should take inventory of this crap and replace it with more aesthetically pleasing, time appropriate things. For example, get rid of the glass ball lights and install lights that fit in better with medieval buildings (perhaps wrought iron) and at least paint the plastic pipes so they blend in with the buildings. It just seems buildings of such historical significance deserves more attention to detail!
  • Bryggen is what most people think of when thinking of Bergen, it's certainly what I always think of. It was pretty much how I imagined it; lots of souvenir shops and some other interesting (albeit expensive) shops. The streets were narrow and very unique. There's also a cat with half a tail which seems to hang around there, see if you can spot him (or her).
  • Historical and worth a visit. A bit broken by modern things
  • An Iconic place and a UNESCO heritage site. Typical of the nordic region. Recently there's a lot of clutter around this area, which makes the visit and the view being less than perfect. Choose a non-busy hour to get the best views.
  • The most historical, and post card-worthy part of the town. Very cute!
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