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Bryggen in Bergen

Bryggen in Bergen Photo: Robin Strand
Bryggen in Bergen Photo: Bergen Reiselivslag / Willy Haraldsen
Bryggen in Bergen Photo: Terje Rakke/Nordic Life/Fjord Norge AS
Bryggen in Bergen Photo: Bergen Reiselivslag/Arvid Opdahl
Bryggen in Bergen
Bryggen in Bergen Photo: Per Eide/ Bergen Tourist Board
Bryggen in Bergen Photo: Bergen Reiselivslag/Thor Westrebø
Bryggen in Bergen Photo: Bergen Reiselivslag / Gjertrud Coutinho
Bryggen in Bergen Photo: Bergen Reiselivslag / Gjertrud Coutinho
Bryggen in Bergen Photo: Sverre Hjørnevik / www.fjordnorway.com
Bryggen in Bergen Photo: Sverre Hjørnevik / www.fjordnorway.com
Bryggen in Bergen Photo: Bergen Reiselivslag/Gjertrud Coutinho - visitBergen.com
Bryggen in Bergen Photo: Gjertrud Coutinho
Bryggen in Bergen Photo: Gjertrud Coutinho
Bryggen in Bergen Photo: Bergen Reiselivslag/Gjertrud Coutinho - visitBergen.com
Bryggen in Bergen Photo: Bergen Reiselivslag/Gjertrud Coutinho - visitBergen.com
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Bryggen is one of Bergen's and Norway's main attractions. Bryggen was built after the great fire in 1702 and is included on UNESCO's World Heritage List.

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The very first buildings in Bergen were situated at Bryggen, which has been a vibrant and important area of the city for many centuries.

Bryggen has been ravaged by many fires, the great fire of 1702 in particular. It reduced the whole of the city to ashes. Bryggen was rebuilt on the foundations that had been there since the 12th century, which means that Bryggen is basically unchanged despite the passing centuries.

Bryggen is now part of our common heritage and has a place on UNESCO’s World Heritage List, and the city of Bergen is a designated World Heritage City. The world heritage site consists of the old Hanseatic wharf and buildings, and one of the best known urban areas from the Middle Ages in all of Norway.

In 1360, the German Hanseatic League set up one of its import and export offices at Bryggen, dominating trade for almost 400 years. To stroll through Bryggen’s narrow alleyways and overhanging galleries is to step back into the mists of time and a bygone era.

Bryggen is very much a living part of the cultural heritage that is still in active use in this historical area of the city. Today, there are several attractions in the Bryggen area, from the Fish Market to Bergenhus Fortress and there are many cafés, restaurants and shops to choose from. Many of the shops sell traditional and unique crafts.

Meeting Point Bryggen – Bryggens Museum
Meeting Point Bryggen at Bryggens Museum is the place to start if you want to explore all Bryggen’s attractions. This cultural history museum houses finds from the archaeological excavations at Bryggen that lasted from 1955 until 1972. You can learn about Bryggen’s history and see presentations. Ask for the brochure that is your guide to all the attractions at Bryggen. There is also a visitor centre in Bryggestredet in the middle of Bryggen. Bryggen Guiding starts its guided walks through Bryggen’s past at Meeting Point Bryggen.

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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 situated at Bryggen, which has been a vibrant and important area of the city for many centuries. Bryggen has b...

Bryggen in Bergen

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