Squatting on the west coast of the country, Bergen is an alluring city and municipality in Vestland, known to be the second largest city in Norway, it sits on the peninsula of Bergenshalvøya. Also referred to as the city of seven mountains, Bergen is known to be the administrative centre of Vestland due to it being the economic, cultural and historical capital of the area. Dating back to 1070, the city was founded by the renowned king Olav Kyrre and was named as Bjørgvin which stands for the green meadow amidst the mountains. Initially, the city was the capital of the country until the 13th century.
Known to be an international hub for shipping, aquaculture, the subsea technology and the offshore petroleum industry, Bergen is also a national centre for tourism, media, finance and higher education. If you’re a soccer fan, you’re already aware of the name SK Brann which is considered to be the main football team of the city. In 1100 a castle was constructed on the northern top of the Vågen harbour which helped Bergen in regaining its glory and becoming politically and commercially important. Tourism rate has immensely increased since when the notable buildings started coming in sight some of which includes the 12th century church of St. Mary’s, Bergenhus fortress and Håkonshallen. In 1979, Bergen was declared to be a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Home to some of the most prestigious universities such as Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration, there are some places that simply have a lot to offer and we would be doing injustice if we wouldn’t be including Bergen in that list. West Norway Museum of Decorative Art has a collection worth drooling over, if you want to soak in all the beauty that this place has to offer, make sure to witness the Bergen International Music Festival which is held every year.
A visit to Bergen would bless you with the best meal of your life. The sneak peak into the city’s lifestyle would have you bursting with new energy and rare dishes that can be experienced only in the city. While in Bergen, make sure to try Fårikål or the Mutton Stew which is the gastronomic pride of the place, mutton and cabbage are layered in a huge pot along with peppercorns
Best Time To Visit Bergen
Although the west coast of the country is often surprisingly beautiful and seldom dramatic, make sure to pack a raincoat just in case. Numerous visitors choose to visit the city during the summer months that is from the months of May to September. The cherry trees around the Lille Lungegårdsvann area will bless your eyes with the most panoramic views of all time.