In the late Middle ages the Hanseatic League established the German Office at Bryggen (the waterfront) in Bergen, which became a thriving center of international trade. The characteristic parallel rows of buildings, with their seaward-facing gables represent a building tradition dating back almost 900 years. The old wooden buildings along the harbor front in Bergen were placed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 1979.
Bryggen is situated next to the world famous Fish Market in Bergen, and it is very easy to find in the center of Bergen.
If you are coming to Bergen, you have to learn at least two Norwegian words. These words are Bryggen and Vaagen. That is the name of the world famous waterfront in Bergen. If you ask someone for the waterfront, you’ll probably get a diffuse answer. If you ask for Bryggen, you’ll get a smile and the direction 🙂 Vaagen is the local name for the harbor (port).
Getting to Bryggen in Bergen
Finding it should be quite easy. If you visit Bergen by cruise ship it is within walking distance from Skoltegrunnskaien cruise ship terminal, and a bit longer walk from Dokken Cruise Ship terminal. If you are fit, it is both easy walks.
If you arrive by tourist bus, I guess the driver stops the bus just next to Bryggen. If you have your own car you may park in an indoor car park next to it, called Rosenkrantzgaten Parking House. If you arrive by boat you are probably next to it. If you are in the center of Bergen you are most likely within walking distance 🙂
Brygge => wharf, quay
Open air attraction.
Norwegian name: Bryggen i Bergen.
Location: Center of Bergen.
Distance to Fish Market: 60 meters.
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Cáfe in the Bryggen area
Café Bastant, formerly known as Sakristiet, is located inside the area, you will find it if you walk the most used path when visiting the wooden buildings. Here you buy coffee and tea, and you also find a selection of cakes and some snacks. You may sit outside the café when the weather is good.
Bars in the Bryggen area
You will find several bars along Bryggen, bouth outside and inside. There are also a night club called Engelen (the angel) located here.
Hotels near Bryggen in Bergen?
Bryggen in Bergen is located in the very center of Bergen, most of the hotels in the center of Bergen is within walking distance.
We suggest following hotels:
- Clarion Collection Hotel Havnekontoret, located at world famous Bryggen
- Hanseatic Hotel Bergen, located at world famous Bryggen
- Radisson Blu Royal Hotel Bryggen, located at world famous Bryggen