Bryggen in Bergen

GPS coordinates
Latitude: 60.397214997
Longitude: 5.3230905532

Bryggen is located in the middle of the city center and can be easily reached with a short stroll from the Fish Market.

5003 Bergen

Phone55 55 20 00
Fax55 55 20 01

Bryggen is one of Bergen's and Norway's main attractions. Bryggen was built after the great fire in 1702 and is on UNESCO's World Heritage List.

The very first buildings in Bergen were alongside the harbour called Bryggen. Bryggen has been the nerve centre of the city for hundreds of years and the silhouette of its ancient gables is perhaps the most familiar image in all of Norway.

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.

Many times Bryggen has been devastated by fire, and the Great Fire of 1702 reduced the whole city to ashes. But Bryggen was quickly re-built on top of foundations that had been here since the 11th century.

Bryggen is now on UNESCO's World Heritage List and the city of Bergen is a designated World Heritage City.

The meander through Bryggen's narrow alleyways made even darker and more mysterious by overhanging balconies, is a step back into a time hardley touched by the passage of centuries. Although 61 og Bryggen's buildings are preserved and protected they are not a museum. Bryggen's spectacular wooden architecture shelter a living community of shops and offices; artists' studios, crafts-people's workshops, and restaurants.

Bryggens Museum, in a beautiful modern building, houses the extensive medieval finds excavated nearby, and the Hanseatic Museum is in one of the old Hansa buildings and illustrates the life of a 18th century merchant. Putting all of these aspects together, you have an unmissable chance to experience life on Bryggen stretching from time immemorial to the present today.
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Bryggens Museum - Bergen City Museum

A museum based on the findings of the archeological excavations of Bryggen from 1955 on. The foundations of the oldest buildings in Bergen (12th c.) as well as finds of European ceramics, runic inscriptions etc. illustrating commerce, shipping, cultural activities and daily life in the Middle Ages.
Address: Dreggsalmenning 3, 5003 Bergen
Telephone: 55 30 80 30

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The Hanseatic Museum and Schøtstuene - Museum Vest

One of the oldest wooden buildings in Bergen, furnished in 18th century style to provide an intimate picture of the life of a Hanseatic merchant.
Address: Finnegården 1a, 5003 Bergen
Telephone: 55 54 46 90

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Haakon's Hall - Bergen City Museum

Håkon’s Hall was built between 1247 and 1261 by Håkon Håkonsson. It was the largest and most imposing building of the royal residency in the 13th-century when Bergen was the political centre of Norway.
Address: Bergenhus Festning, 5003 Bergen
Telephone: 479 79 577

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Rosenkrantz Tower - Bergen City Museum

The tower was built in the 1560s by the governor of Bergen Castle (Bergenhus), Erik Rosenkrantz, and served as a combined residence and fortified tower.
Address: Bergenhus, 5003 Bergen
Telephone: 479 79 578
Bergen Tourist Board • Slottsgaten 3 • P.O. Box 4055 Sandviken • 5835 Bergen, Norway