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Essence of Bergen - a guided walking tour of Bergen

Walk with us to discover the true essence of Bergen - from its foundation in the 11th century to present day.

Bergen is a special place – The city’s fascinating stories and personalities are best revealed by exploring the past and the present on a guided tour through Bergen’s millennial history.  

On this guided walk you will learn more about why Bergen was founded exactly here, and how it won and lost its crown as Northern Europe’s largest city. Uncover the traces of how the city was reborn  from its ashes time and time again.  

The tour takes place within the city’s old core and covers architectural gems and some of Bergen’s most notable sons and daughters. From medieval architectural gems such as Håkon’s Hall and St. Mary’s Church to the heritage buildings at Bryggen; from the old fish market to the new one and from the former city halls to the heart of the city at Byparken. Along the way you will learn more about some of Bergen’s most famous residents, from Olav Kyrre and Eirik Rosenkrantz to Ole Bull and Edvard Grieg among many others, and understand their relevance and significant contributions to Bergen and to Norway’s national identity. 

Meeting point: 
Right outside the Tourist Information. Our guide will have a green jacket or umbrella. 

Private tours can be arranged upon request.

The tour lasts about 1,5 hours and covers a walking distance of approximately 1,5 kilometers, at an easy pace. Dress comfortably and according to weather and bring some extra water with you, especially on warm days. Limited sitting spots may be available during the explanations. 

The tour will primarily be done in English, but the tour guide will adapt the language to the group. 

German and other languages are available upon request. Contact us HERE. 

Maximum number of participants: 
Online booking: 
The tour must be booked online. The booking confirmation you receive by email is your ticket. Please show the confirmation on your mobile device or bring a printed copy at the start of the tour.  

Bergen Card:
10% discount when using the Bergen Card. Enter BergenCard in the promo code field in the booking process to get the discount. Remember that valid cards must be presented when the tour starts.

Cancellation policy: 
If you wish to cancel, please contact us at as soon as possible. 

Source: Visit Bergen


Essence of Bergen - a guided walking tour of Bergen

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