Popular tourist attractions in Bergen
While you're studying in Bergen, you may have friends and family that come to visit. Here's an overview of some tourist places you may want to visit.
Bergen Aquarium houses more than 300 species of fish and animals living in the water, including penguins, sea lions and seals. The aquarium is located at Nordnes, a short walk from the city centre. They offer a discount for students.
The World Heritage Site (UNESCO) Bryggen has been the hub of the city for hundreds of years and the silhouette of its ancient gables is one of the most familiar images in all of Norway.
The funicular railway is one of Bergen’s most popular attractions. The trip starts from the city centre and takes you up to Mount Fløyen, approx. 320 metres above sea level. From the top you can enjoy the beautiful view and study the cityscape in detail.
The lively Fish Market in Bergen is one of Norway's most visited outdoor markets that sells fresh fish as well as fruit, vegetables, flowers, handcrafts and souvenirs.
King Haakon’s Hall and The Rosenkrantz tower
King Håkon’s Hall was built between 1247 and 1261 by Håkon Håkonsson to serve as the royal residency from the 13th-century when Bergen was the political centre of Norway. Rosenkrantz Tower next to the hall was built in the 1560. Student discounts are available on the entrance fee, opening hours vary throughout the year, so be sure to check the homepages of the museum.
Troldhaugen - Home of composer Edvard Grieg
Troldhaugen is a living museum comprising an exhibition centre with shop and cafe, concert hall, composers' cabin and Grieg's villa dating from 1885. On selected Sundays during winter, and every day throughout the summer, they offer concerts and events. A student discount is available for students under 30.
Ulriken643 Cable Car
The Ulriken643 Panoramic Tour takes you by cable car to the viewpoint of Bergen’s highest mountain, which is situated 643 metres above the city streets. At the top of Ulriken, you’ll find Sky:Skraperen bar and restaurant. Opening hours of both the cable car and restaurant vary throughout the year. From the top of Ulriken there are numerous hiking opportunities including Vidden. If you’re not up for hiking Vidden, what about trying the Zipline at Ulriken? If you’re really up for an adrenaline rush, Ulriken is also a base for tandem paragliding. Tandem paragliding flights can be booked with Bergen Hang and Paragliding club.
VilVite - Bergen Science Centre
Vilvite is a popular scientific experience and also a learning centre for technology and the natural sciences. They offer a student discount.