- Location: Eastern side of the fjord coming into Bergen, Norway
- Time to Visit: Month of May
- How to Reach: The nearest airport to Bryggen in Bergen Airport, Flesland. There is a frequent airport bus service which takes about 30-40 minutes to reach downtown. Bergen is also served by a railway line that runs from Oslo. The railway station is located on the east side of downtown, within proximity to the bus station and the Bygarasjen garage. Apart from air and rail access, there are frequent bus services and fast boat services from Stavanger as well as several communities north of Bergen.
- Nearest International Airport: Bergen Airport, Flesland
Bryggen – home of the mighty Hanseatic League! The Hanseatic League was a major controlling factor of European trade right from the late Middle Ages to at least the nineteenth century, reaching its height between the 14th and the 16th century. Despite being repeatedly shaken through political turmoil and fire, Bryggen rebuilt itself and reinvented itself like the mythical phoenix, very much from its own ashes. The league was strong, and their commitment to this city was true. Presently, Bryggen, the German wharf, or ‘old wharf of Bergen is a UNESCO World Heritage site visited by thousands from all over the world every year. It houses a series of Hanseatic commercial buildings that cover the eastern side of the fjord coming into Bergen, Norway. It is also known as Tyskebryggen. History
The city of Bergen was established in 1070. A Kontor of the Hanseatic League was built there in 1360 and as the town grew into the main trading center, the wharves were automatically developed. The administrative buildings of Bryggen housed clerks from numerous areas, especially from Germany. The warehouses were packed with goods, mainly fish from northern Norway and cereal from Europe.
Parts of Bryggen were demolished in a fire in 1955. This area was used for the construction of Bryggen museum housing valuable archeological remains including some old-style wooden houses.
Bryggen perfectly illustrates the importance of the town of Bergen as part of the Hanseatic League’s trading empire from the 14th to the mid-16th century. Its reconstruction has traditionally followed old patterns and methods and thus leaving its main structure preserved, a relic of an ancient wooden urban structure. Today’s Bryggen features several attractions, souvenirs, and gift shops, in addition to a number of dining outlets, pubs and museums. Many of the enduring 58 buildings are now used as artists’ studios.
Things to see and do
There are a plethora of attractions in Bergen and the surrounding areas. Some of the top attractions in Bergen include the Floibanen Funicular, the Fish Market, the Edvard Grieg Museum at Troldhaugen and Fantoft Stave Church. Come for Bergen travel and spend your relaxing time by sitting down in a park or cafíé, strolling around the city, enjoying a concert or hiking the mountains.
You will find a wide selection of accommodation near Bryggen. All of them, offering a perfect combination of comfort and quality, is ideal for leisure as well as business travelers.
Related Links :
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BVXgnsRP51s&feature=related: Take a virtual trip through the historic city of Bryggen in this travel video! You can feel the sense of history and culture associated with this destination.