rød vind (red wind)
this sculpture immediately caught my attention. it totally breaks with the Bergen style with it's strong color it rizes 5.8 meter and was presented in 1978, I get the feeling that this artist must be a really creative and spirited one, to make something like this. The artist is Arnold Haukeland.
the inspiration for "red wind"is the warm wind comming to Sahara desert, which is called scirrocco.Related to:
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Floibanen and the view
Railway Floibanen will drive you to the top of the nearby hill where you can enjoy a magnificent view. You can see the city, the harbor, fjords and the sea in the distance.
Roundtrip ticket costs 80 NOK (10 EUR), but definitely worth the money. If you have time and the weather is nice you can only use the rail to climb and go back on foot.Related to:
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Ride the Funicular
So be quick to hop on the funicular so you arrive at the top before the mists cover the spectacular view from Mount Floyen.
The service operates every 30 minutes for the 8 minute journey. Mount Floyen is 320m (1050ft) above sea level.
There was a very busy kiosk at the top selling souvenirs which left no time for a 'cuppa'
When we returned to the meeting place near the station I was lucky enough to meet one of the locals from a nearby town who had brought her son to see the cruise ship tourists all over the place.
I guess there are a few ways to Bergen by land, sea, and air. We came in from the sea on QM2.Related to:
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Day trip to Flam railway
I took the train from Bergen to Myrdal[ about 2 hours] to catch the train to Flam. This is an amazing trip from Myrdal at 860m to Flam at sealevel takes just under an hour. The train stops about half way to view a huge waterfall, there is a viewing area, some of the front and back carriages are in the tunnel, and you walk along a platform to the openair. Not to be missed. The train stops here on way back as well.The main line train times are NSB website and the Flam line on Flamsbana. You can plan your day to include a boat ride on the fjord.Theres a good cafe a Myrdal station, carrot cake and cup of tea 60 Nor. thats incase all trains dont connect.I recomend a video on the internet at www.visitflam.com
The Funicular journey to the top of Mount Floien takes only 5-10 minutes. The panoramic views once you have reached your destination are out of this world and well worth the ride. There was quite a long queue for the railway when we were there but this moved pretty quickly and we were soon going onwards and upwards!
The Funicular departs on the hour and every half hour from early morning to 11 PM, from May to August till Midnight. Extra departures when necessary.
Return fare NOK 70,-
Children return fare NOK 35,-
Open all year long.Related to:
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Bergen Tourist Information Centre
The Tourist Information Centre in Bergen is without doubt the best I've ever seen. It's right opposite the Fish Market in a building called The Fresco Hall and the minute you step inside you see why it's called that. The walls and arched ceiling are adorned with beautiful pictures and is a tourist attraction in itself.
There is a wealth of free literature available, not just for Bergen but for the whole region. The girls there are extremely helpful and will give you any information you need and book tours for you.
Start walking.....and do not ever stop!
Bryggen, the old wharf of Bergen, is a reminder of the town's importance as part of the Hanseatic League's trading empire from the 14th to the mid-16th century. Many fires, the last in 1955, have ravaged the beautiful wooden houses of Bryggen but its main structure has been preserved. Many of the remaining 58 buildings are now used as artists' studios.Related to:
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A small museum close to Stadtsporten.
The building was the hospital in Bergen where lepra patients were treated. Armauer Hansen found the cause of this deseas. It was a bacteria.
The house is a sparcelly furniced house with small rooms all with an entrance to a large room in the center. Pictures and drawings illustrate the faith of the patiens, as well as statistics presented on the walls. You can also visit the small chappel (St. Jørgen) that was the hospitals own church.
I'm affraid the website is only in Norwegian.
The museum is open from around May to August and the entrance fee is around 30 NOKRelated to:
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Boat trip on the fjords with White Lady
You can have a 4 houer trip on White Lady, or you can just go around close to the citty for 1 houer. Its up to you. The boat leaves kl. 10.00 every day.
4 houers trip costs 340 n.kr. for grown up people.
Children half price.
It is only 15 minutes far from the central fish market, surrounding the Natural History Museum.
Don’t expect to find here Versailles’s gardens…it is only a botanical garden. We have found it anyway nice and interesting and our son was amazed to recognize a lot of the plants we have in our garden in Romania…
Floyen-The Mount Floyen"
It is a good idea to start your trip with Floyen. First of all it is easy to reach that point by Floybanen in only eight minutes and once you are at the top terrace you will be surprised about the view down to the city center.
The terrace up there is at about 320 meters above the sea level and you will have a good idea about how big is the city and how it is arranged .
I recommend having with you a tourist map with highlighted point of interests. It seems to be a good place to plan your next days in Bergen.
You will find up there a restaurant and a souvenir shop, a playground and a nice Troll’s Park. Our son was impressed and your kids will love that place too.
House dating back to 17th century
A house dating back to the 17th century, not very far from the Church of St. Mary's and the alleys that extend behind the facades of Bryggen. We discovered a stone in one of the walls that mentioned a "Reiterman" (perhaps a knight or soldier) by the name of Dirich Wolpman and the year 1666.Related to:
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Old road replaced by tunnel
East of Bergen on road number 7 there's a tunnel which replaces the old narrow road. At the sign "Fossenbratte" there's place to park just one car, ours. You can walk the old road – closed for cars, quiet, green, a view of the waterfall and the gorge far down. This is a really narrow road, considering it was the main road between Oslo and Bergen, and in the past busses went in both directions, maneuvering in reverse between a rock wall and a precipice.
The stones at the edge where now there would be a railing look like old gravestones, for a road that passed away.
At the top there's an interesting memorial of the WW2 partisan battle trying to stop the German advance at an important pass. You should stop and read the story, to remember what Norway went through, and not only see the present. Since there are many senior tourists, many were born before the war and remember the times.Related to:
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The Hanseatic Museum, located in a red timber house, turned out to be one of the most amazing museums I have ever visited. It shows you how wealthy merchants of the Hanseatic league lived in the past. The Hanseatic league, at least in Bergen, was a group of unmarried merchants from Germany
Here are two interesting museums facts from my visit:
- the place where the merchants lived was also th place where they stored their goods
- no light or heating was allowed in the house, to prevent firesRelated to:
Torget is one of the biggest outdoor fishmarkets in Norway. Except of delicious and fresh fish, you can buy there fruits, vegetables, flowers, knitwears, handicrafts and all other types of food (e.g. elk burgers) and souvenirs.
But obviously shopping is not the reason of my recommendation of this place. The reason is the great atmosphere of Norwegian tradition you can experience in this place.
After the nice cooling walk across the Torget and after the succesful shopping, you can have a pint of traditional Norwegian beer in one of the numerous taverns, sourounding the fishmarket.Related to:
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