Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Bryggen
Home to narrow timber houses painted in ochres, terracotta and shades of vermillion, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Bryggen boasts a picture postcard setting. The harbour front buildings were once used as warehouses to store fish, furs and cereals during the Hanseatic era, however, following a fire which swept through the area in 1702, the entire quarter had to be rebuilt.
Fortunately, even after this, Bryggen still retains an old-world charm, but instead of warehouses dotting the quayside, you now see fine dining restaurants, quirky craft studios and art galleries. Whilst in Bryggen, take time to browse the outdoor fish market and sample fresh seafood delicacies from the food stands.
Alternatively, delve into Bergen’s rich maritime and trading heritage at the Hanseatic Museum and Schøtstuene. The museum documents 400 years of history ranging from the mid-1300s to the 1750s and still displays original interiors.
If you get the opportunity, walk to the assembly halls and see where members of the Hanseatic League would meet to discuss the latest trade opportunities back in the day.