is in a stunningly picturesque harbour-setting surrounded by seven big
mountains. It is a charming town full of atmosphere, with many coloured
wooden buildings dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries. The city
was founded in 1066 and was part of the german Hanseatic league from the
14th to 18th centruries. The bryggen harbour area is on the UNESCO World
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The historic harbourside (Bryggen)) wooden buildings were destroyed in 1702 by fire (again) but were rebuilt on the 11th century foundations. Preserved and protected, this is no museum but very much a living community of shops, offices, workshops and restaurants.
Bergen has several impressive art collections and music for all tastes. The home of Edvard Grieg is 8km south of the town centre.
There is a funicular railway from the town centre to the top of Mount Floyen and a cable car to the highest mountain Ulriken for stunning panaramic views.
Fantoft Stave church was originally built in Sogn in 1150 and moved to Fantoft in 1883. It was burnt down in 1992 but has been rebuilt as before.
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Bergen is the southern terminus for the famous Hurtigruta coastal cruise ships that sail up the coast and around north cape. To the north is Sogne fjord, with Hardanger to the south. The Flam railway is two hours to the east.
The fjord and mountain setting make Bergen spectacular, but can also lead to some traffic problems at times, although an on-going program of tunnel-building is helping.
There are ferries to England, Denmark, Shetland and Faeroes and Flesland airport is to the south west of the city.
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