Parks in Bergen
A summary of the main parks in Bergren: Muséhagen, Byparken, Nordnesparken, and Nygårdsparken
Located next to the University Museum at Nygårdshøyden, the park is very popular among students.
- Muséhagen was built between 1897-1899 to the specifications of conservator Dr. Jørgen Brunchost. The resulting design consisted of rounded flower beds, lawns and hedges which the locals referred to as "Brunchorst's heart and kidneys". Muséhagen houses a collection of about 3,000 different species. It was University of Bergen's botanical garden untill 1996, when the garden was expanded in a new location (within the Norwegian Arboretum in Milde). Muséhagen has been retained as smaller botantical garden, the 'face' of the University's botanical garden in the city. Students, as well as other members of the community, flock to Muséhagen on nice days to sit and read in the gardens or outside Christie's Cafe (in the University's Natural History Museum) with a cup of coffee.
How to get to Muséhagen
- Muséhagen is a short walk from Byparken, the Bybane's last stop in the city centre. You can use the the Skyss Travel Planner to plan your trip (destination "Byparken"). Here are walking instructions from Byparken.
Byparken is located in the center of Bergen. It encompasses a pond as well as a Music Pavilion and their surroundings. It is famous for its flowers, statues, and the Music Pavilion.
- Byparken (“The City Park”) is Bergen's first public park. It was built as a part of new regulations put in place in 1855 in reponse to one of Bergen's many historical fires. The park is considered to be the entire area stretching from Strømgaten (the street Bergen's Public Library is on) to Olav Kyrres Gate. Christiesgate, a large street, divides the park into two sections.
- One side of the park features the bybane light rail stop and the Music Pavilion, a gift to the city from a businessman named FG Gade in the late 1800's. The other side of the the park is home to Festplassen and a pond called Lille Lungegårdsvannet. Festplassen (literally "the party place") is an open-air gathering place used regularly for many different events and celebrations including the Norwegian Consitution Day (17th of May), and the annual Christmas gathering called Lysfestivalen ("the Festival of Light"). Lille Lungegårdsvannet (literally, "little lung farm water") is directly connected (now via an underground channel) to Store Lungegårdsvannet (store means "large"). They used to be connected above ground and together they made up a much larger lake, but as the grew city the lake was filled in somewhat. Now Lille and Store Lungegårdsvannet appear to be two separate bodies of water, despite their underground connection. Lille Lungegårdsvannet is also referred to as Smålungeren ("the small lung") in the local dialect.
- In fair weather, you may see people gathering at Byparken to study, picnic, run around the pond, have rallies and demostrations, and much more.
How to get to Byparken
- Byparken is the Bybane's last stop in the city centre. You can use the the Skyss Travel Planner to plan your trip (destination "Byparken"). For more information about transport around Bergen, see our transportation guide.
- Nordnes refers to a park, a neighborhood and a pennisula. The pennisula is surrounded by Byforden ("the city fjord"), Vågen ("the bay") and Puddefjorden. Nordensparken is located at the northwestern tip of the pennisula of Nordes offers views of these bodies of water as well as the neighborhoods of Laksevåg ("Salmon Bay"), Sandviken, and the island of Askøy. The park also houses a gift from one of Bergen's sister cities: a totem pole from Seattle, WA, USA, gifted to Bergen in 1970 in honor of Bergen's 900 anniversary as a city. On nice days the park is utilized for many activities including picnics, fishing, and swimming in the fjord or at Nordnes Sjøbad (a heated saltwater pool, open seasonally). Bergen Aquarium is located just outside the park.
How to get to Nordnes
- Nordesparken is about a 20 minute walk from Byparken's bybane stop.
- You can also take bus number 11 from Olav Kyrres Gate (the bus stations between Galleriet and Exhibition). Use the the Skyss Travel Planner to plan your trip (destination "Nordnesparken").
The largest urban park in Bergen is located next to the University. It is a typical English park, laid out in 1880.
- Nygårdsparken (literally "New Farm's Park") is the largest urban park within the city of Bergen at 172,896 square metres. Nygårdsparken is Norway's best example of a park in the English landscape style. Nygårdsparken went through a period of decline as the population of Bergen decentralized. However, since 2014 Bergen Kommune (Bergen Municipality) has been revitalizing Nygårdsparken including a pavillion area designed for children, families and people of all ages in the upper part of the park (the portion nearest University of Bergen's Student Centre).
- On nice days the park is often frequented by studying students, friends enjoying barbeques with an engangsgrill ("one-time" grill), sunbathers, cyclists, and the like.
How to get there
- The lower area of Nygårdparken is easily accessible from the Florida Bybane stop. Plan your visit using the Skyss Travel Planner.
The Bergen Kommune parks webpage has more options. However, it is only available in Norwegian so copy and paste text into a translator, such as Google translate, if needed.