Bryggen Hanseatic Wharf
Bryggen Hanseatic Wharf
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  • Melanie N
    Alabama700 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    History, timbered architecture and shopping!
    The Bryggen (old wharf) is a cool area to spend a couple of hours shopping, eating or taking in the history. My family and I were lucky to spend three sunny days in June exploring the city of Bergen and each day we ended up in the Bryggen area. The preserved wooden structures lining the waterfront once served as merchant buildings and now are occupied with souvenir shops, art galleries and restaurants. Julehuset (the Christmas Shop) was fun to explore and climbing the uneven staircase was an adventure. Most of the shops along the street carry the same items but don’t miss the alleyways in between the buildings. There you will find unique gifts and artwork. A few of the buildings were covered for restoration which is necessary because the Bryggen is built of wood. We learned from a walking tour that what you see today is only a small fraction of the original so I can appreciate the restoration efforts. Go early for a coffee and take time to admire the old timbered structures or go later to enjoy an evening meal. I highly recommend spending time exploring the Bryggen area.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 1 August 2023
  • Anthony S
    Brisbane, Australia1,866 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Iconic Bergen
    Every tourist must visit this area which is the iconic vision of Bergen. However, to avoid the throngs of tourists arrive early, before 7:30 when you would have the place to yourself. But be warned, everything will still be closed boat least peaceful.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 5 August 2023
  • deuxchatonsinlove
    Herblay, France42 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Bryggen Mon Amour
    Sure, this is THE touristic place of Bergen, but mark my word, it totally worths it ! I enjoy every second I spent wondering in the small lanes between the wooden house. Of course, you will find the typical souvenirs shops, but there are also small artistic businesses to discover (with affordable prices), and there is definitely a special atmosphere in Bryggen.
    Visited August 2021
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 August 2023
  • JSTrip_77
    Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina1,234 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is THE Bergen View
    This historical part of town is the most picturesque area of the city. The residents clearly take pride in maintaining this area not only for tourists but as a link to their historical traditions. This UNESCO attraction can get crowded but even with cruise ships in town, it's not bad. The gift shops had an interesting selection of souvenirs and the restaurants had good smelling food - which we did not eat. But, to visit Bergen without visiting this area is not a visit to Bergen!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 31 August 2023
  • betteskid
    Boston, Massachusetts1,327 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very nice place to walk around
    We enjoyed walking around this area while we were in Bergen. There was a lot to see, and learning about the way the area was used in earlier days was very interesting. There are also a large number of interesting shops and galleries in the area.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 September 2023
  • joe141
    Baton Rouge, Louisiana61 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Visiting Bergen
    I recently visited Bergen with two brothers and their wives. We are seniors! We stayed at the Radisson Blu Hotel which was located in the old Bryggen area. We loved being able to walk around the wharf which is full of restaurants, Hanseatic history, large sailboats and many walking tours to choose from. Getting to and from the airport was fairly easy with GPS. There is underground parking next to the hotel. We enjoyed taking the funicular which offers panoramic views of the city and port.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 6 September 2023
  • Theoax
    Jerusalem, Israel275 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must
    A must when visiting Bergen, but you have to put up with the number of stores aimed at tourists. Still, there is a small section that is either old or rebuilt from old wood (with some store, of course). The walk along the water is fine, and there is the experience of walking through the fish market.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 September 2023
  • ilivetotravel
    266 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Neat historic area
    Beautiful and well preserved area of town. Walk the backstreets too, not just the waterfront and alleys of the old section. Good options to eat or have a drink by the water. Can be touristy but, heck, that's what we are...
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 13 September 2023
  • BalkrishnaShroff
    Mumbai, India24,283 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth seeing !!
    This historical are is one of the most important tourist attraction in Bergen. It is also listed on UNESCO World Heritage Site. The port view of ships and yachts from here is very good. It was originally built by German traders many centuries ago. Nowdays there are a lot of restaurants and shops over here, very popular with tourists and locals.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 September 2023
  • Brian D
    Darlington, United Kingdom964 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Got to be 5 *****
    Got to be 5 star - you really must visit this spectacular area of Bergen. You can even get the chance of watching some master craftsmen repairing a couple of the building. You have to go down the small alleyways to get the full benefit
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 September 2023
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Tan Y
Stavanger, Norway17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
A row of very well kept multi-level wooden shops on the ground floor and apartments on the upper floors. The ground floor is mostly occupied by souvenir shops and upper floors are mostly empty. Some shops has trapezoid doors!! due to the age of the building. Try to look for the small lane in between the building that is only passable by leg traffic. It lead towards more shops that is on the inside of the building.
Written 7 January 2020
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Bergbahnn
Beavercreek, OH350 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
The Hanseatic Wharf is beautiful, colorful, and has become one of the most familiar views of the Bergen waterfront. The buildings are historic, well restored, and occupied by a variety of shops and even a hotel. On a nice day the wharf is an ideal place for a stroll and for taking pictures in addition to learning about the history of Bergen. Don't miss it!
Written 11 March 2020
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Kirsty L
London, UK113 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
A lovely area to wander around but it can get very busy. We visited a few times during our stay in Bergen, one was in the evening when the shops were shut but the alley ways stay open and there were only a handleful of other people there so it was a much nicer experience!

There are stairs going upstairs but for the most part normal folk aren't allowed up them despite this not being very clear. The shops are mostly all selling the same things and generally all for around the same price.

I have to admit I was very surprised to see many of the shops selling reindeer fur and having deer heads as decorations. If you're an animal lover be warned!

In general a nice little place to spend some time when it's a bit quieter. It had a very Harry Potter Diagon Alley feel to it too.
Written 24 August 2022
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Keith
Singapore, Singapore1,212 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
A world heritage site, so a must visit. It’s a beautiful row of buildings and some of the building structure seems to be leaning to a side. Wal kk around time the back as there’s some really nice old houses there.
Written 4 January 2020
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rtdood
Manchester, UK790 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
This is actually quite a small area and to get the most of your visit I would recommend booking a small walking tour given the history. Also be sure to walk around! Its free and quite easy to walk along the front of the historic buildings and miss the little side streets that lead up the sides between them. This is where you will get the most from visiting as you can see more of the old construction methods of the buildings and style. There are little plaques around that identify each numbered historical building and what purpose it had.

Do be aware some of the historic buildings are being carefully reconstructed from the inside out and are closed for 2023/24. Fortunately there are others that have usages as souvenir shops and cafes. You are still able to explore these and visit the side streets between the buildings in this area!
Written 29 October 2023
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Juan C
Stavanger, Norway18 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021 • Family
We visited the place during COVID 19 and few visitors were around at the time we were there. Interesting colorful buildings with souvenirs shops closed due to Easter holidays.
Overall I can imagine it is crowded place if no pandemic and Easter is the applied combination.
Written 2 April 2021
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Ralph Wilhelm
Carmel, IN798 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
The wharf is really quite unique but it depends on you and when you go. For people watching and a few photographs, go when the stores are open, people are up and around and the wharf area is crowded. That was nice for a time.
But, for a lower-key and more relaxing time, hit the wharf before people get out and about..say 7 to 8:30 or so in the morning. Lots to see, and great pictures, and a few stores might be open but a totally different view, unrushed and fun.
And then go back around 11 am or so, stores all open, fun snack and restaurant places open, lots of people, and a great fish market open outside in the summer. I am told that it moves inside during the winter.
But this Bryggen Wharf area is unique with its old building all in great shape along with a terrific dock and Wharf. If you spend any time in Bergen, this stop is a must, either before the locals and tourists show up or during the crowded time, either way, is great fun.
Written 21 July 2023
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manxseasider
Ramsey, UK384 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
Visited on a tour from a cruise ship and enjoyed 20 minutes mooching around this area and taking photos.
Weather was fairly inclement which spoilt it a bit (apparently rains a great deal in Bergen!) but it wouldn’t be fair to mark the area down for that reason.
The row of timber clad houses are attractive, as are the views across the quayside. It was interesting to see that a couple of the properties under repair were well disguised with tasteful screens to hide the scaffolding and building works underneath. Take the time to explore the neighbouring wooden lanes.
Written 21 July 2023
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Melanie N
Alabama700 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
The Bryggen (old wharf) is a cool area to spend a couple of hours shopping, eating or taking in the history. My family and I were lucky to spend three sunny days in June exploring the city of Bergen and each day we ended up in the Bryggen area. The preserved wooden structures lining the waterfront once served as merchant buildings and now are occupied with souvenir shops, art galleries and restaurants. Julehuset (the Christmas Shop) was fun to explore and climbing the uneven staircase was an adventure. Most of the shops along the street carry the same items but don’t miss the alleyways in between the buildings. There you will find unique gifts and artwork. A few of the buildings were covered for restoration which is necessary because the Bryggen is built of wood. We learned from a walking tour that what you see today is only a small fraction of the original so I can appreciate the restoration efforts. Go early for a coffee and take time to admire the old timbered structures or go later to enjoy an evening meal. I highly recommend spending time exploring the Bryggen area.
Written 1 August 2023
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Rama R
London, UK711 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
We spent almost the whole day in this area. Had a late start and hada lovely lunch at Olivia's. We then spent a good deal of time exploring the streets, harbour, souvenir shops etc. We had massive waffles from a street vendor. There is a fish market in the area which had octopuses and stuff in tanks! (We are vegetarians, it amazes us!) It's a very lively and crowded area with live musicians in the street. It was a lovely sunny day but wasn't too hot, so it was perfect. In the evening we climbed up Mt Floyen. Took usva little while with many stops, especially at a large shallow water tank with fountains in it where there were many children playing. Our girls enjoyed themselves playing in the water. The view from the top of spectacular and we managed to catch the sunset on time. Tired, we took the funicular back back down.

This is the perfect place to enjoy there's small town charm of Bergen.
Written 29 August 2022
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