The City of Seven Mountains - Bergen, Norway
by Roy Witman © 2008
Intimate. Enthusiastic. Beautiful. Bergen, Norway
is one of the smallest cities in the Scandinavian
region, but its citizens are delightfully warm and
welcoming. Surrounded by seven mountains and
bordered by the ocean, Bergen offers gorgeous
scenery that spans from the sea to the sky. Founded
in 1070, this once thriving shipping port offers almost
1,000 years of history to explore during your visit.
Sights in Bergen
The Seven Mountains
Bergen is nestled in the bowl formed by the
surrounding seven mountains. Just looking out the
window is a majestic sight! Needless to say, hiking is
a popular pastime in Bergen. Mt. Ulriken, one of the
seven, has cable cars (aerial trams) that transport
visitors to the summit. There, free telescopes allow
guests to see practically all of Bergen with a bird's eye
Bergen International Festival
Bringing various cultures together for a mammoth
event, the Bergen International Festival unites the
Nordic and Baltic countries for two full weeks in the
cultural capital of Norway. According to the official
festival website, attendees can view performances of
orchestral music, chamber music, recitals, theatre,
ballet, festival exhibitions, literature /poetry, outdoor
events and street performances. It takes place from
the end of May through early June each year.
Tall Ships' Races
A week of festivities surrounds this fun-filled event
that takes place in late summer each year. From the
Opening Ceremonies to fireworks displays to the
actual ship races themselves, the Tall Ships' Races
make for days upon days of family fun for all ages.
Watching the tall ships enter the harbor is a
majestic sight on its own. Hailing from ports around
the globe - including Mexico, Russia, Norway, Ireland,
Germany, Poland, France, the UK and more - the
world is literally on stage for all to see during this
The Bryggen (Wharf)
Bergen's Bryggen (wharf) is a popular attraction
due to its unique features and beauty. A UNESCO
World Cultural Heritage site, the Bryggen was built in
1070 when the city was founded. All wood
construction met with a violent end in 1702 when most
of the Bryggen - including warehouses and
government buildings - burned. Today, the Bryggen
area is filled with shops, restaurants, pubs and
Simply stunning! With over 500 plants from all
over the world, you can thrill at the sight of Norway's
largest rose garden as well as numerous specialized
collections including the Alpine Garden, Japanese
Garden and Heather Garden. Follow winding
pathways as you stroll through unique varieties of
scrubs and flowers, natural forest areas and
ornamental plant displays.
Bergen is also famous for the headliner musical
concerts that play this venue regularly. In 2008,
Bergen will host superstars like KISS, Robert Plant,
Eric Clapton, R.E.M. and others.
For blockbuster fun in a less crowded destination,
make sure Bergen Norway is on the itinerary for your
next cruise. The whole family will enjoy their stay.
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