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If you're looking for one all-encompassing destination that combines the best features of Norway, Bergen could be just the place. This picturesque city is a haven for history lovers, with monuments and traditions dating back as far as the 11th century when Bergen was founded, and you only have to step outside of the city limits to be confronted with spectacular fjords and hills, making Bergen a convenient starting point for walking tours too.
Whether you're visiting Bergen for a weekend or a longer stay, you'll find plenty to keep you occupied during your time in this historic city. While the UNESCO-listed old city centre of Bryggen is well worth a visit to see fine examples of architecture, modern Bergen itself is equally appealing, and home to just as many cultural attractions.

To get a sweeping overview of Bergen's history and significance as Norway's second largest city, there are a few sights that can be considered essential items on your itinerary. These include the medieval fortress of Bergenhus and Håkon's Hall, historically the largest and most important royal residence in 13th century Norway that, like many of the country's old buildings, is still remarkably well preserved today.

Fishing Vessel Moored in Front of Wooden Buildings on the Bryggen Waterfront, Bergen, Norway
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Wooden Buildings of the Bryggen, Bergen, Norway
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Music lovers should also be sure to visit the fascinating and beautiful home of composer Edvard Grieg at Troldhaugen, designed by Grieg's cousin and now operating as a museum to the nation's best loved composer. Meanwhile, a trip to the Bryggens Museum is the closest you'll get to stepping back in time and experiencing the Bergen of old. That's not to say Bergen is just a destination for history buffs though, with many modern attractions being just as well suited to families with kids, such as Bergen Aquarium which is one of the largest in Europe.

Your experience of Bergen shouldn't be limited to the city itself, with some of the best experiences in the region lying in the surrounding areas. 

Taking a fjord cruise can be a relaxing way to marvel at the incredible scenery on day trips from your Bergen hotel, while a trip on the quaint Flåm Railway is another chance to connect with the past.

If you're keen to live like a local in Bergen, be sure to beat the crowds to the fish market (Fisketorget) to find the best catches of the day, and bring an umbrella whatever time of the year you're visiting, so you won't be caught out by the unpredictable weather.

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About the Author: Isla Campbell writes for a digital marketing agency. This article has been commissioned by a client of said agency. This article is not designed to promote, but should be considered professional content.


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Augustin Hotel, Bergen
Bergen's only city centre hotel that is not part of a hotel chain, which is reassuring as you can be sure that your hosts are genuinely interested in doing their best for their guests.  The oldest part of the hotel was built in the Art Nouveau style in 1909 and has been owned by the Smørås family since 1919. Since then the hotel has expanded, incorporating old neighbouring houses and building new wings. In recent years, it has undergone extensive modernisation. Guests can enjoy both a pleasant "old-fashioned" lounge and modern, award-winning interiors. Its highly conscious use of colours and fittings helps make the Augustin a hotel out of the ordinary. Art is important to the hotel's owners and this is apparent throughout the hotel, not merely in the specially designed award-winning doors but also in its many original works of art, mostly by Norwegian artists.
Best Western Hotell Hordaheimen, Bergen
Enjoy friendly hospitality at an affordable price while staying at this three Star Bergen, Norway hotel. The Best Western  Hotell Hordaheimen, where customer satisfaction, a convenient location and an affordable price are the priority. Situated in the heart of Norway's second largest city, this Bergen area hotel offers 88 well-appointed guest rooms, guest laundry, some business facilities and meeting/banquet facilities. Start the morning off with a complimentary full breakfast featuring delicious home-made foods before exploring all that Bergen has to offer. 
Clarion Hotel Admiral, Bergen
Clarion Hotel Admiral is located in central Bergen, close to Bryggen, Mariakirken, and Hanseatic Museum. Nearby points of interest also include Grieg Hall and Mt. Floyen. The hotel serves breakfast, lunch and dinner in the Restaurant. You can also sit out on the fantastic jetty and admire the finest view in Bergen while you enjoy your meals. The function rooms are perfect for special events of all kinds for 2–150 people, and the Lobby Bar is the ideal place to enjoy a great cup of coffee or a quiet drink. If you would prefer to eat in your room, then take a look at the 24-hour room service menu.
Comfort Hotel Holberg, Bergen
The beautiful Comfort Hotel Holberg is ideally located close to the harbor and is near the Bergen Aquarium (Avkariet i Bergen), the Torget i Bergen fish market, the Bergen Art Museum (Bergen Kunstmuseum), the Norges Fiskerimuseum fishing history museum and the Hanseatic Wharf, which is on UNESCO's World Heritage list. The Bergen Airport (Bergen lufthavn) is just minutes from this Bergen, Norway hotel. Additional area points of interest include Mount Ulriken, the Bergen Cathedral (Bergen Domkirke), the unique Fløibanen cable car up Mount Fløyen and Håkon's Hall (Håkonshallen). Inside this Bergen, Norway hotel, guests will experience a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. The guests will enjoy the famous Scandinavian buffet breakfast, which is included in most room rates.
P-Hotels Bergen
This central Bergen hotel is only 500 metres from the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Bryggen. It offers free Wi-Fi and a guest lounge with fireplace and flat-screen TV. The simple guest rooms at P-Hotels Bergen have a work desk and a TV. A small breakfast package is delivered to the room each morning. Guests can relax with a drink in the pub, which is housed in the same building. There is also a popular nightclub next door. Bergen Central Station is less than 10 minutes’ walk from the Bergen P-Hotel, and the Flesland Airport shuttle bus stops only 300 metres away.
Radisson Blu Hotel Norge, Bergen
Large and centrally located hotel in Bergen. Adjacent to the city park, and within walking distance of the historical sites and modern shopping districts. The rooms are all equipped to the very highest standards. The hotel offers non-smoking rooms and rooms for disabled persons. Facilities include TV, radio, telephone, mini bar and room service, restaurants, bars, nightclub. The hotel has a swimming pool, sauna, jacuzzi, solarium and well-equipped fitness room. The airport bus stops just outside the hotel. Ole Bull Restaurant with its view of the pulsating city life serves delicious buffet lunches and local as well as national delicacies from an extensive à la carte menu. A perfect venue for groups and family gatherings. 
Sandviken Brygge Hotel Bergen
Situated at the foot of the Sandviksfjellet Mountain, this hotel is overlooking the wharf in the charming district of Sandviken. It offers free Wi-Fi and a large terrace. All guest rooms at Sandviken Brygge Hotel have a work desk, a tea/coffee maker and satellite TV. Some guest rooms offer mountain views. Dreyers Restaurant offers an à la carte menu, a variety of tapas and seafood dishes. Attractions such as the Fløibanen funicular railway and the Bergen city centre are only 2 km away. The Stolzekleiven Hiking Trail is also nearby.
Scandic Bergen City
Choose the Scandic Bergen City hotel and enjoy a central Bergen location. Do business in the conference centre or see a film at the Bergen Cinema next door. Unwind in Restaurant Amalie and City Bar. Bergen museums and attractions are just a few blocks away. Dine in the Restaurant Amalie or spend the evening in the City Bar. Take the family to the Bergen Cinema next door and enjoy nearby Bergen attractions from the Aquarium to the Galleriet Shopping Centre.
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