Bergen city life
Surrounded by mountains, with a nice port and even lovely beaches, Bergen has a special charm that captivates all travelers who wander around here. Buildings have an architecture that is influenced by a variety of styles, from classicism and Art Nouveau and yet, Bergen is also the street art capital of Norway.
Notable attractions in Bergen include:
- Bryggens Museum
- Bergenhus Fortress
- Bergen Aquarium
- Bryggen neighbourhood – UNESCO World Heritage Site
- Bergen Cathedral
- Market Square
- Bryggen Hanseatic Wharf
- Rosenkrantz Tower and the Royal Residence
In Bergen, you can enjoy a swim at one of the beaches close to Bergen city center in the summer season. If you love shopping, Bergen has plenty to offer from small and charming stores in the city centre to modern shopping centres around Torgallmenningen.
If you’d like to grab a piece of culture, attend a music concert at Grieg Hall, the city's main cultural venue, home of the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra.
Relax with your peers in the countless pubs and bars and taste the amazing seafood in the local restaurants. If you’re into sports, you can always watch matches of the local football and ice hockey teams. Outdoor sports are very common in Bergen, so you can engage in hiking, trekking, cycling or even water sports.
Don’t miss some of the local events like the annual Bergen International Festival or the Bergen International Film Festival.
International atmosphere in Bergen
Bergen is quite a multicultural city, as immigrants represent around 15% of the city's population. Most minorities come from Poland, Iraq, Lithuania, Vietnam, Germany, Sweden, and the UK.
Several multinational companies have a local office in Bergen and the city is interested in continuing to acquire foreign investments. As one of Europe’s busiest ports, Bergen is one of the country’s most internationally oriented regions.
Bergen has a mild winter climate for a Nordic city, but with a lot of precipitation, mostly rainfalls. Snow may occur but it is usually very light. The daily temperatures during winter are 4 – 5 °C (39 – 40 °F), while in the summer, the average is 20 °C (65 °F). You should also expect a rainy weather throughout all seasons.