Seven hills and seven fjords frame Hanseatic Bergen, a city steeped in maritime heritage. Of Bergen’s many attractions, the 900-year-old UNESCO-listed Bryggen Wharf. A delight to explore, the Bryggen's cobbled stairways are lined with traditional half-timbered buildings and climb away from the waterfront, leading to curious open spaces that are often overflowing with colourful flowers that perfume the air.
Bergen has a vibrant fish market and hosts one of Norway's biggest cultural events of the year, the Bergen International Festival. The city was once the home of Norway's most famous composer, Edvard Grieg, and the Troldhaugen Museum is devoted to his life’s work.
Not to be missed is a chance to ride the Funicular Railway to the top of Mount Fløyen, offering spectacular panoramic views of Bergen and its scenic surroundings.
The very first buildings built in Bergen were alongside the harbour at Bryggen (the wharf), which dates back to the 11th century. The UNESCO World Heritage Site consists of the old Hanseatic wharf and buildings, and is one of the best-known urban areas from the Middle Ages in all of Norway.
The Fløibanen Funicular is an approximate 20 minute walk from the cruise ship pier and operates every 15 minutes. Once at the summit (320 metres – 1050 feet – above sea level), it is a golden opportunity to view the city, the mountains, the fjords and the sea.