Breathe it in
Thousand year-old Bergen, on Norway’s south-western coast, has all the trappings that befit second-city status, but on a smaller and more intimate scale. As a former European Capital of Culture, there’s plenty to get your teeth into – and a whole range of mountains to explore come snow or sun. All in, it’s a fresh (and refreshing) break from the city break norm.
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Take a trip up Floyen mountain courtesy of Floibanen, the funicular railway that’ll take you (and a million other visitors a year) up top for a spectacular view.
Must eat at:
All manner of fish and other seafood dominates the foodie agenda in Bergen, so try Enhjørningen on Bryggen 29 for a modern take on Norwegian standards. Look out for the unicorn and you’re there!
Must be there for:
Constitution Day, every 17th May, is when the city dresses up and puts its best foot forward. Expect comic troupes, a children’s parade and more.
• The contemporary art scene in the town is going from strength to strength – so check out venues including the Bergen Centre for Electronic Art and the United Sardines Factory.
• It’s easy to get around by bus or light rail – but if you fancy a jaw-dropping view, take a look at the Ulriksbanen aerial tramway.
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