Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Coast with the Most; Destination: BERGEN

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Coast with the Most; Destination: BERGEN

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MUST SEES 1BRYGGEN BERGEN'S first buildings were erected along this old Hanseatic wharf, which has been a lively and important part of the city through the centuries.

The site, which features on UNESCO's World Heritage List, comprises the remains of the old harbour buildings and is one of the best known medieval city settlements in Norway.

Walking through the narrow alleyways and dark galleries is like travelling back in time. If you want to delve deeper, then the Hanseatic Museum offers a picture of the life of a merchant 400 years ago.

2 FLOIBANEN FUNICULAR and FISH MARKET BY taking the short ride with the Floibanen Funicular from the city centre to the top of the Floien Mountain (320m above sea level), you have a golden opportunity to view the city, the mountains, the fjords and the sea.

3 You can then take an easy walk through delightful scenery to bring you back down to the hustle and bustle of the Bergen Fish Market where there's all manner of seafood to taste.

3 THE EDVARD GRIEG MUSEUM THIS is the home of Norway's most famous composer, Edvard Grieg (1843-1907). Grieg lived here for 22 years and composed many of his best-known works in the little garden hut by the shore of Lake Nordas. You can also visit the cliff-hewn tomb where he and his wife Nina are buried.

The house is now a museum filled with mementos of the composer's life and its 1907 interior as Grieg knew it.

SO you decided to 'do' Norway. Odds are that you're on a Scandinavian cruise stopping off to see the usual suspects, working your way up the coast from Stavanger to North Cape, maybe even beyond.

And most of them share one destination in common: Bergen.

The coastal city, with its brightly painted wooden buildings, Viking heritage and famous fish market is the stuff of which picture postcard photos are made. …

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