BERGEN – DISCOVER THE GATEWAY TO THE FJORDS!
The historic maritime city of Bergen welcomes visitors with open arms! Stay at the prestigious Radisson Blu Hotel Norge in the city centre, just minutes from Rosenkrantz Tower and the funicular to Mount Fløien for breathtaking views of Bergen. For some waterfront charm, choose the welcoming Radisson Blu Royal Hotel located on the Hanseatic wharf amidst the atmospheric wooden buildings of the Old Town.
Thanks to its location the city has a long maritime history and continues to be a centre of maritime and marine research and industry. Bryggen is on the UNESCO world heritage list and is a reminder of the city's historical links with Hansaforbundet. Here stands the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, perfectly integrated among the historical buildings.
Bergen has a small-town charm and atmosphere. The town centre is small, but rich in content. Here you will find cosy cafés, gorgeous restaurants, exciting boutiques, charming alleyways, steep hills and great views from the top of Ulriken. Right at the heart of the city is Torgallmenningen, a natural meeting place, and at the other end by Blå Stenen is the Radisson Blu Hotel Norge, a traditional Bergen hotel where many generations have enjoyed the hotels' excellent service and location over the years.
Even though the city is small, it is Norway's second largest, and several companies have their head office here. Bergen has a strong business community, particularly within banking and insurance, high-tech industries, mass media and tourism. The city also has many exciting activities to offer both adults and children, and regardless of whether you come here for work or play, you know that the city's Radisson Blu hotels make the perfect base for an enjoyable stay in Bergen.
Buy a Bergen penny bun at the bakery, a reminder of your visit from one of the many souvenir shops, or visit the Christmas shop, open all year round, and take some Christmas decorations back home with you. Head towards the meat market, where you can buy great food. Continue your gastronomic theme with a trip to the fish market, where you won't find fresher fish!
More exciting shops can be found around Torgallmenningen, so try to keep a cool head as you stroll around! The surrounding streets contain several small specialist shops and larger shopping centres. Traditional Kløverhuset in Strandgate, Galleriet at Torgallmenningen and the latest addition to the collection Xhibition, located in the former central post office, offer endless shops and the chance to shop without getting wet. Radisson Blu Hotel Norge is opposite Sundt and is therefore smack in the middle of Bergen's shopping area.
Just outside the city centre is the Lagunen shopping centre, one of the biggest in Scandinavia with over 150 shops and restaurants. So here you can really go wild.
Bergen is a quirky mix of the traditional and the modern and you will always find something here that you simply must have. The challenge is not to buy up the whole city. The good news is that as your shopping bags get heavier, simply drop them off at Radisson Blu before heading off again.
Cross Bryggen and turn left once you reach the end. If you head up the cobbled street you will find yourself in front of the entrance to Fløibanen. In just 6-7 minutes, this amazing track cable car will take you up to Fløen and the best view across Bergen. When you come to Bergen, always remember to take a trip on Little Red Riding Hood (Rødhette) and The Blue Man (Blåmann), as the two carriages are known. If the weather is nice and you feel like a walk, the trip to the centre across Fjellveien is lovely and as you descend make sure your first stop is Fisketorget where you find the fish market. Even though the fish market has moved partly indoors, the ambiance is still the same and the quality of the seafood is fantastic. Listen to the chorus of voices, watch the Bergenese shop for fish for their dinner and see the tourists gape as they marvel at the fish.
From counter fish to swimming fish Visit Bergen's aquarium to see the penguins, sea lions, fish, spiders, crocodiles and snakes. Help feed the penguins, see the cute sea lions, learn about the crocodiles and sense the fear when you meet the spiders. The aquarium is a fantastic and exciting place for children and adults alike.
Bergen also boasts numerous exciting museums, all worth a visit. Old Bergen is idyllically located by Sandviken, where you can see the town's unique wooden house village. Troldhaugen, Edvard Grieg's home, is another popular attraction and at the Bergen Museum of Art hangs the art of I.C. Dahl and other famous artists. The maritime museum takes you back in time and tells the story of Bergen's important role in Norwegian maritime history. Both museums are within walking distance of Radisson Blu Hotel Norge.
So whatever your interests, Bergen has something for all the family. Let the many exciting opportunities Bergen has to offer fill your days here.
Man cannot live by bread alone, not even in Bergen. The city has restaurants to suit every possible taste, from small cosy cafés to top gourmet restaurants. Fish restaurant 'Enhjørningen' is perfect for seafood lovers while the Ole Bull Restaurant at Radisson Blu Hotel Norge allows you to experience the pulsating city life as you enjoy delicious food and drinks.
Some of the best things you can eat in Bergen are genuine penny buns. For whatever reason they always taste better fresh from a local bakery than anywhere else in the country. Or you could be extravagant and try a piece of "Hvit Dame" (white lady) - Bergen's version of a cream pie. The cafés in Bergen have much to offer.
Skipperstuen is one of Bergen's oldest pubs and is where you can experience a genuine, unassuming meeting place with live music and a great atmosphere, or take a trip to the Konditoriet Bar, which has one of the city's widest selections of bottled beers and Scottish single malt whiskey. Or perhaps you don't want to stray too far from the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel and go to the Filini Bar? The choice is yours, and in Bergen there's plenty of it.