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Nygårdsparken, Bergen

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Nygårdsparken is a public park located in the city centre of Bergen, Norway, between the neighbourhoods of Nygård and Møhlenpris. Covering 172.896 square meters, Nygårdsparken is the largest urban park in Bergen.HistoryNygårdsparken was conceived by the physicians Joachim Georg Wiesener and Klaus Hanssen, who founded the Park Association of Nygaard (Nygaards Parkselskab) in 1880. A typical English park, it was laid out by the Danish gardener S. Lund Leiberg.In 1898 the "Bergen exhibition" changed the park into an exhibition area. With a ticket costing 50 øre you could visit a small zoo and a botanical garden, study objects from Nansen's polar expeditions, and take the elevator to the top of Wisbech & Meinich's "Panorama tower with electric elevator". A lift attendant in uniform was in charge of what was most likely the first elevator in Bergen. Norway's first elevator was namely produced in the same year, in Wisbech's factory in Christiania.TodayFollowing the uncontrolled expansion of the city in the last half of the 20th century, the population in the city centre fell dramatically. While Nygårdsparken had earlier been within short walking distance of 30-40.000 people, this was no longer the case. As a result, the interest in the park fell, leading to a lack of maintenance. Eventually, drug addicts, lacking better places to stay, began using the park for their purposes. Nygårdsparken evolved into the main drug area in Bergen, with sale of heroin, cannabis and other drugs taking place all day and night. The police has been criticised both for not paying attention to the amount of drug abuse taking place in the park, and for not taking action against drug dealers or the drug addicts themselves.
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TripAdvisor
  • Nygardsparken is well worth seeing. It's only a ten minute walk from the city centre. Here, you can find peace on any mild day. You may even bring a picnic basket along, or maybe a volleyball. A favou...  more »
  • Maybe the park is nice however when we visited it a big part of it was under construction. The rest of it? Well, it's green (obviously) with some nice statues and medicore fountains. Good place to kil...  more »
  • Although this is quite close to the centre it is a tranquil setting with a large main fountain and a number of smaller ones. Some nice sculptures and a short walk from the main shopping area.  more »
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  • THE place to be when the sun finally shows its face in Bergen. A huge open air party with a great music venue right next door (actually underneath)
  • Nice park, recently upgraded and modernized.
  • I'm still not sure it's safe to be here... Doesn't feel safe. Beautiful Park in broad daylight though 😁
  • It is a quite soulless park, yes there are some nice statues around the way, but there is not much else going on there, it is quite empty and quite dull. I'd recommend you to check out other places first.
  • Best public park in Bergen