Bergen - “The Gateway to the Fjords of Norway”
A well-established cruise port, an international city packed with history and tradition, a big city with small-town charm and atmosphere: Bergen is worth a visit! (http://www.visitbergen.com/en/Articles/Welcome-to-Bergen/)
Bergen is a city and municipality in Hordaland on the west coast of Norway. The municipality consists of eight boroughs with 465 square kilometers. The city is located among the Seven Mountains, including the mountains Fløyen, Ulriken, Løvstakken and Damsgårdsfjellet. The population is 271,067 making the population density 583 people per km2. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bergen)
The very first buildings in Bergen were alongside the harbor called Bryggen which is one of Norway’s main attractions. 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. Bryggen was built after the great fire in 1702 and is on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. (http://www.visitbergen.com/en/attractions/Historic-Harbourside/?TLp=336474)
Bergen is important cultural center with the cultural institutions include theatres (including Den Nationale Scene), the concert venue Grieg Hall, orchestras (Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra), and also hosting the well-known festival, Festspillene i Bergen (Bergen International Festival). (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bergen#Culture)
Bergen is great to explore on foot. Strolling around old streets and alleyways where people have lived centuries like a fairy-tale. Stroll along the listed wooden buildings at Bryggen or call in at one of Bergen’s many museums and galleries. Bergen was also the birthplace of the hugely popular composer Edvard Grieg and you can visit his home at Edvard Grieg Museum Trodlhaugen. Bergen is “The Gateway to the Fjords of Norway”. (http://www.visitbergen.com/en/Articles/Welcome-to-Bergen/)
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