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Bryggen

Traditional wooden houses once occupied by merchants line alleyways by the waterfront, where you’ll find hand-made souvenirs, seafood restaurants and museums.

Today Bryggen is the entertainment district on the waterfront in Bergen but its history dates back to the 11th century. The old wharf is an internationally protected heritage site thanks to its significance as a trading port for many centuries. The Hanseatic League occupied the site between the 14th and 16th centuries and their influence can still be seen today. Visit museums and craftsmen’s workshops and eat and drink in restaurants and bars.

Wander the narrow alleyways between colorful wooden houses in one of the most popular attractions in Bergen. Fires have ravaged the wharf over the years but 61 of the original structures from the Middle Ages were faithfully rebuilt according to historic plans.

Bryggen is one of the oldest trading ports in northern Europe. King Olav the Peaceful built a port here in 1070 when the Norwegian aristocracy ruled the fish trade. The Hanseatic League took control of the wharf in 1350 and the area has been at the nerve center of Bergen ever since.

The layout is typical of a Hanseatic community. The powerful German merchants lived in these wooden houses during the winter. Traditionally several houses backed onto a courtyard with a shared stone building at the back to protect them from fire.

Today you’ll find souvenir stores and boutiques where merchants once slept. Buy hand-made gifts such as art and jewelry or one-off items of clothing. Eat seafood and dine al fresco in summer at one of the many restaurants.

Discover the history of the wharf in museums. Visit the Hanseatic Museum to learn about the life of a merchant. The Bryggens Museum is housed in a modern structure built over the remains of the original settlement in Bergen. See archaeological finds dug up in the area and discover more about this quintessential Scandinavian settlement.

Bryggen lies along the waterfront next to the Fish Market. It’s within walking distance of many hotels and restaurants in the city center.

The wharf is open every day and there’s no admission fee. Some attractions, including museums, charge for entry; check individual websites for prices and opening hours.


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Lodging Near Bryggen

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$108
Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Bergen

Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Bergen

Bryggen 5, Bergen
4.2
of 5, from 2,316 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Steps from the harbor, this Bergen hotel is at the edge of the picturesque Bryggen district, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Fløibanen Funicular is a 5-minute walk. The airport bus stops outside the hotel.

$57
P-Hotels Bergen

P-Hotels Bergen

Vestre Torggate 9, Bergen
3.0
of 5, from 2,649 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

This Bergen hotel is located near Bergen Museum, Grieg Hall, and Hanseatic Museum. Additional nearby points of interest include Mariakirken.P Hotels is situated in the centre of Bergen, noise from pub/streets

$99
First Hotel Marin

First Hotel Marin

Rosenkrantzgaten 8, Bergen
3.9
of 5, from 1,047 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

This maritime-themed hotel on Bergen's famous Hanseatic Bryggen wharf, is located 100 meters from the fish market, and 250 meters from The Hanseatic Museum.

$136
Magic Hotel Kløverhuset

Magic Hotel Kløverhuset

Strandgaten 13/15, Bergen
4.2
of 5, from 21 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Bergen City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Kloverhuset Shopping Centre, Hanseatic Museum, and Floibanen Funicular. Grieg Hall and St Mary's Church are also within 15 minutes.

$57
Basic Hotel Bergen

Basic Hotel Bergen

Håkonsgaten 27, Bergen
3.7
of 5, from 373 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Bergen City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of St. John's Church and Den Nationale Scene. Torgalmenningen Square and Bergen Kunsthall are also within 10 minutes.

$114
Grand Hotel Terminus

Grand Hotel Terminus

Zander Kaaesgate 6, Bergen
4.1
of 5, from 583 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Bergen City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Leprosy Museum and Bergen Art Museum. Grieg Hall and Bergen Kunsthall are also within 10 minutes.

$149
Thon Hotel Rosenkrantz

Thon Hotel Rosenkrantz

Rosenkrantzgaten 7, Bergen
4.7
of 5, from 239 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Bergen City Centre, this hotel is steps from Bryggen Waterfront, Hanseatic Museum, and Floibanen Funicular. St Mary's Church and Grieg Hall are also within 15 minutes.

$109
Magic Hotel Korskirken

Magic Hotel Korskirken

Nedre Korskirkeallmenning 1 A, Bergen
3.5
of 5, from 34 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Bergen City Centre, this bed & breakfast is steps from Torget Fishmarket and Hanseatic Museum. Floibanen Funicular and St Mary's Church are also within 10 minutes.