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Bryggen in Bergen Photo: Robin Strand
Bryggen in Bergen Photo: Terje Rakke
Bryggen in Bergen Photo: Bergen Reiselivslag / Willy Haraldsen
Bryggen in Bergen Photo: Bergen Reiselivslag/Per Eide
Bryggen in Bergen Photo: Bergen Reiselivslag/Arvid Opdahl
Bryggen in Bergen Photo: Per Eide/ Bergen Tourist Board
Bryggen in Bergen Photo: Bergen Reiselivslag/Thor Westrebø
Bryggen in Bergen Photo: Terje Rakke/Nordic Life AS/Fjord Norge AS
Bryggen in Bergen Photo: Bergen Reiselivslag / Gjertrud Coutinho
Bryggen in Bergen Photo: Bergen Reiselivslag / Gjertrud Coutinho
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The very first buildings in Bergen were alongside the harbour called Bryggen. Bryggen has been the nerve centre of the city for hundreds of years and the silhouette of its ancient gables is perhaps the most familiar image in all of Norway.

In 1360 the Hansas - a German guild of merchants - set up one of their import/export offices on Bryggen and dominated trade for the next 400 years.

Many times Bryggen has been devastated by fire, and the Great Fire of 1702 reduced the whole city to ashes. But Bryggen was quickly re-built on top of foundations that had been here since the 11th century.

Bryggen is now on UNESCO's World Heritage List and the city of Bergen is a designated World Heritage City.

The meander through Bryggen's narrow alleyways made even darker and more mysterious by overhanging balconies, is a step back into a time hardley touched by the passage of centuries. Although 61 og Bryggen's buildings are preserved and protected they are not a museum. Bryggen's spectacular wooden architecture shelter a living community of shops and offices; artists' studios, crafts-people's workshops, and restaurants.

Bryggens Museum, in a beautiful modern building, houses the extencive medieval finds excavated nearby, and the Hanseatic Museum is in one of the old Hansa buildings and illustrates the life of a 18th century merchant. Putting all of these aspects together, you have an unmissable chance to experience life om Bryggen stretching form time immermorial to the present today.

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Bryggen is located in the middle of the city center and can be easily reached with a short stroll from the Fish Market.

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Bryggen in Bergen

The very first buildings in Bergen were alongside the harbour called Bryggen. Bryggen has been the nerve centre of the city for hundreds of years and...

Bryggen in Bergen

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