Bergen is known for its charm with cobbled streets and narrow alleyways.
To stroll around the old streets and alleyways can be an adventure. Here people have lived and worked for hundreds of years.
Small wooden houses lie close together and cobble streets become stairs on the mountainside.
If you like to stay in one of the charming areas there are several guesthouses and apartments in the area of Nordnes, Klosteret and Sandviken.
These areas are popular amongst people from Bergen as well as students and families. The one thing they all have in common is the love for Bergen and the history of these ancient streets.
Photo: Bergen Tourist Board / Per Nybø
Near the theatre:
Not far from the theatre in Bergen is the narrow street Kjellersmauet. Kjellersmauet is one of Bergen's many charming streets and both Kjellersmauet Apartment and ActiveApartment is located here.
A short walk further towards Nordnes you will find Bergen Aquarium, well worth a visit. If you arrive on Hurtigruten or Fjord Line from Denmark you'll find the terminal just 10 minutes’ walk away.
Nearby you will also find the historic area Klosteret. The name Klosteret means monastery and there was a monastery here as early as around year 1100.
At this very spot a marble head of Øystein Magnusson who founded the monastery was found in 1860 and this is believed to be the oldest portrait of a Norwegian! This can be found today at the Universitetsmuseet i Bergen.
In the guesthouse Little House you can stay in a beautiful apartment on 60 square meters with a charming courtyard.
A favorite spot for photographers is the row of colorful houses in the street called Klosteret. In the red house on the corner you will find Klosteret 5 Guesthouse.
Klosteret 5 Gjestehus, photo: Bergen Tourist Board
On the west side of Nordnes you will find clusters of old houses clinging together, the one street even more charming than the other.
A very popular accommodation in this area is Amunds Appartement. The house dates back to the mid-1700s but the apartments are modern.
Accommodation at Amunds Appartement can be booked online.
The charming area Nordnes in Bergen. Photo: Gjertrud Coutinho
Treat yourself to dinner or drinks a late summer evening at the outdoor restaurant USF Verftet. This old sardine factory is now a cultural center that offers a restaurant, ateliers and a number of concerts throughout the year.
If you visit Bergen in late May/early June, make sure you don’t miss the annual jazz festival Nattjazz.
Explore Bergen by foot:
Bergen's historic heart is centered around the harbor, with Nordnes on one side and Bryggen in Bergen on the other. Bryggen is a part of Unesco's list of World Heritage and a must to see when visiting Bergen.
In this area there are several places you can stay. A short walk up the mountain side you will find both Villa Skansen and Apartments Skansen, which both can be booked online.
Further past Bryggen, the oldest building in Bergen; St. Mary's Church, Haakon's Hall and Rosenkrantz Tower you will find the area Skuteviken. In a small narrow alleyway with white wooden houses and cobbled streets lies Skuteviken Guesthouse.
Skuteviken Guesthouse is one of the traditional protected wooden houses in this neighborhood, and has undergone an extensive restoration work. Also nearby is Hannas Place located in a lovely old house from 1820 perfect for up to 6 people.
Bergen's city center is compact and perfect for exploring by foot. If you choose to stay in the center, you have easy access to attractions, historical sites, nightlife and shopping.
When staying in one of the city's many guesthouses you are usually greeted by a friendly host who are more than happy to share their knowledge of Bergen.
Maybe you'll get that personal tip that really adds to your holiday in Bergen? Then Bergen will become not only a memory for life but a state of mind.
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