Things to do in Bergen
Let Travel + Leisure show you the best things to do in Bergen. Bergen is primarily an outdoor enthusiast’s town; the sea and the landscape provide the entertainment for most of its tourists. It was one of Europe’s nine Cities of Culture in 2000. There’s the Bergen Art Museum housing Norway’s most celebrated painter, Edvard Munch, near a lake on Rasmus Meyers Alle. The city also offers the Bergen Natural History Museum, home to the Hvalsalen, the whale hall, where the skeletons of the whales that once provided Bergen’s livelihood are displayed. There’s also Kulturhuset USF, housed in what was once the United Sardines Factory, which is now home to a contemporary gallery, café and hosts jazz and other festivals frequently.
The age of Bergen means that cultural treasures can date back a long way, like the Fantoft Stave Church, a few miles out of the city. The current church is a reproduction of the original Viking church which survived until the 20th century when it burned down.
Looking beyond the city limits, as most visitors do, you’ll find plenty of things to do in Bergen, including tours of the fjords, skiing on the nearby mountains and canoeing and, in summer only, swimming in the coastal waters too.